Skip to comments.TV Star, Former Republican Senator Fred Thompson Mulls '08 Presidential Bid
Posted on 03/08/2007 7:43:28 PM PST by West Coast Conservative
Former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson is facing increased calls to get into the 2008 GOP nomination race.
Sources told FOX News that Thompson, 62, now one of the stars of the popular NBC prime time series "Law & Order," has not ruled out a presidential bid, and has authorized advisers and supporters to continue to gauge support.
Advisers are holding regular strategy sessions, investigating fundraising avenues and private polling to measure enthusiasm. Perhaps pre-eminent among a number of prominent Thompson backers working behind the scenes is former Senate Majority Leader Howard Baker.
Baker has been a mentor to Thompson since before the Senate's Watergate hearings, for which Baker hired Thompson as majority counsel and for which Thompson earned fame for having Baker ask the key question that led to President Richard Nixon's downfall: "What did the president know and when did he know it?"
Baker ran for president himself in 1980. Thompson eyed the White House in the 1990s.
While Thompson, who also helped raise money and advise I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby's legal defense fund, continues to mull a bid, sources said he has been inundated with calls from GOP donors and supporters urging him to run.
Thompson has a solid and consistently conservative voting record that his supporters said makes a stark contrast to Republican frontrunners Rudy Giuliani, John McCain and Mitt Romney.
This week, he told radio news host Mark Levin that he would have something to say about his plans, but not yet.
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Anybody have a list of his positions on the issues?
they are as good as we are going to get
Rudy, he is not!
Thought to myself the other day after hearing about his rant on the Libby issue that this guy would make a good presidential candidate. I think he's Pretty darned conservative from what I recall.
Well, flashbunny, Fred Thompson's attitudes on the
issues just have to transcend Hillary Clinton's attitudes. Can you imagine that I would choose Hillary Clinton over Fred Thompson. I would hope that your imagination is not that shallow. Is it?
I don't know his positions, but he is a well-spoken Conservative and definitely has more Charisma than the current crop of candidates. If his ideology is similar to Reagan's, we could have ourselves another "Ronaldus Maximus."
So their theory says he is:
"Fred Thompson is a Moderate Populist Conservative."
The more the merrier. The more choices we have the better off we are.
That's my 2 cents.
* Voted YES on maintaining ban on Military Base Abortions. (Jun 2000)
* Voted YES on banning partial birth abortions. (Oct 1999)
* Voted YES on banning human cloning. (Feb 1998)
* Voted NO on background checks at gun shows. (May 1999)
* Voted NO on more penalties for gun & drug violations. (May 1999)
* Voted YES on loosening license & background checks at gun shows. (May 1999)
* Voted YES on maintaining current law: guns sold without trigger locks. (Jul 1998)
* Voted NO on adding sexual orientation to definition of hate crimes. (Jun 2002)
* Voted NO on expanding hate crimes to include sexual orientation. (Jun 2000)
* Voted YES on prohibiting same-sex marriage. (Sep 1996)
* Voted NO on prohibiting job discrimination by sexual orientation. (Sep 1996)
A solid choice who happens to be the best chance for the Republicans in 2008, IMO.
Best choice of the current crop of those interested on the right.
I'm still not sure about Thompson. He looks presidential but this isn't American idle. (Misspelling intentional)
I find this interesting. Fred would be an attractive candidate, but I don't know much about his positions.
Fred Thompson sounds heck of a lot better than the other 1st Tier Candidates.
Right now, I'm leaning towards Romney, but if Fred jumps in, he's got my vote.
That sounds petty good. Thanks for the rundown.
Okay, Fred, jump on in. The waters warm.
in fact, it is. independents decide these elections, and you need candidates with name recognition and "face" recognition to attract voters who aren't plugged into politics.
my advice to Thompson - if you are going to get in, get in now - don't play games and wait it out. get in, get known, get money, get going.
He's a Howard Baker conservative. A RINO light.
I have no opinion of Thompson one way or another, but for all the moral perfectionists here at FR, I must tell them that he is divorced and his second wife is nearly half his age. She's something like 34 years old now. Now, THAT would be interesting.
He's a Howard Baker conservative. A RINO lite.
Sounds like a solid conservative to me.
Thompson said one reason he is hesitant about running is his longtime friendship with Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.). Thompson was one of only four Republican senators to endorse McCains 2000 presidential campaign and was an important ally in McCains effort to pass campaign-finance reform in 2002.
Too bad Ted Faggard isn't running. We need a clean cut religious guy to give us a choice.
I'd fall into Thompson's camp. Where do you go to tell him he's got support?
I like Duncan Hunter, but Thompson would have the name recognition. Thompson's always played likable authority figures in the movies and TV, so that would give him a leg up.
He is to the right of Bush.
He is absolutely acceptable to this Hunter fan.
You have said that before.
Do you have a source, link?
Those would be good. How about his stand on illegal immigration?
Fred served in the Senate so he's not exactly some dope off the street.
Google Lori Morgan. Nuff said.
I know he dated her.
So what? He was not married. Nothing wrong with that.
That didn't take long.
According to that graph he's pretty similar to the congressman we just dumped. (Joe Schwarz) However a graph doesn't really tell the whole story because Schwarz was a liberal and I know Thompson is no liberal.
In any case I'll keep an open mind but Hunter is still my first pick.
So far, from what has been presented, his biggest negative is that he was a co-sponsor of McCain's Campaign Finance bill, and backed McCain in the 2000 election.
He also seems a bit weak on tort reform.
It's the kind of thing we really mean when we say we are going to need to make some compromises to find a good candidate. I think it's the kind of thing we COULD compromise on if we had to.
It's nothing like having to sell your soul, like you would for Rudy Guiliani.
The other wrap with Thompson is that he doesn't have a lot of "executive" experience, being only a Senator, and not having run a business.
I would like to hear his record/views on immigration, but other than that, I've ALWAYS liked him and his stands as solidly conservative.
GO FRED GO!!!
Fred Thompson/ Rick Santorum.
smart minds think alike
So a SINGLE man dates a lot of women.
And you have a problem with that? WTF are you?
id like to see a Rudy/Fred ticket.
bwaa haaa haa haa
Not that I care, I wish I had that kind of action.
However, to the ninnies it may be a factor.
I don't think he's the religious Jimmy Swaggart however.
Ping a ding.. :).. :)
Reagan had Nancy knocked up before he married her,, oh my heavens!!!!!!!!
I have heard Thompson speak a few times and I was always impressed. I was very sorry when he dropped out of politics.
that will help him with men voters.