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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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.
My guess is he dated classy women who won't rush out of the trailer park and tell.
Bimbo eruptions only apply to married men.
Unless he was a harasser.
On June 29, 2002, Thompson married Jeri Kehn, a political media consultant at the Verner, Liipfert, Bernhard, and McPherson law firm in Washington, D.C. She once worked for the Senate Republican Conference and the Republican National Committee. In October 2003, they had a daughter, Hayden Victoria Thompson. He also has three grown children, one of whom is deceased, from a previous marriage, and five grandchildren.
Does this mean he is also divorced and remarried?
Lori Morgan is classy? I think she's destroyed more marriages than you've had hot dinners.
"Fred Thompson/ Rick Santorum."
I like that!!! Fred Thomson would be a great candidate!!!
its just one thing after another. nothing short of celibacy is acceptable.
Is Howard Baker worse than James Baker? I get those two confused some times.
Thompson isn't, or at leat doesn't appear to me, to be a highly ideological conservative. He does seem to be a man of principles, who stands by them regardless of where they lead. It means his voting record isn't lock-step, but it does seem predictable and not governed by political considerations.
If so, his record is very encouraging, because we wouldn't be too dissappointed if he lived up to what he says and has done.
With Rudy, you pray he won't be true to his principles. With Romney, you pray he will be true to what he says now, and not what he said a decade ago.
With McCain, you pray he won't go insane, assuming he isn't already insane.
Thompson is definitely on my list of considered candidates, along with Romney, then Brownback, then Gilmore and Hunter, although I'm not committing to that order yet.
If I was going to go with a no-name candidate who I thought was qualified, it would probably be Gilmore, he was a Governor, an RNC chair, a solid conservative, well-spoken, and with good conservative credentials. His executive experience and leadership in several positions puts him above Duncan Hunter for me, although I doubt he's electable.
Talk about throwing up a strawman.
Rudy was a huge supporter of CFR.
"Fred Thompson/ Rick Santorum."
I like that!!! Fred Thompson would be a great candidate!!!