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TV Star, Former Republican Senator Fred Thompson Mulls '08 Presidential Bid
Fox News ^ | March 8, 2007

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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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Front Page News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2008election; electionpresident; elections; fredthompson; giuliani
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To: The Pack Knight

SE Ohio, east of US 23 and south of I-70 is pretty much yellow dog democrat territory. Only Cincinnati and the
non urban areas of the remainder of the state lean to the GOP. Given the sins of the GOP in Ohio during the Taft
administration, Ohio should be considered in the lean Blue
column for 2008.


401 posted on 03/09/2007 8:31:23 AM PST by buckalfa
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To: Lib-Lickers 2
they are as good as we are going to get

Yes, but who does Fred Thompson look like in DRAG? What do his legs look like in nylons? What if the first debate is held in transvestite format? Rudy will be ready. Fred may come off too masculine. These are the tough questions we need answers to in the "New GOP"

402 posted on 03/09/2007 8:38:49 AM PST by montag813
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To: buckalfa

RUN FRED RUN ! ! !


403 posted on 03/09/2007 8:39:21 AM PST by phil1750 (Love like you've never been hurt;Dance like nobody's watching;PRAY like it's your last prayer)
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To: jmc813

You're not Laz's cousin, are ya? I just read your profile...I like your style!


404 posted on 03/09/2007 8:47:44 AM PST by Hildy (RINO=RUDY IS NUMBER ONE)
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To: Hildy; Lazamataz
You're not Laz's cousin, are ya? I just read your profile...I like your style!

I'm not, but I'm honored you asked. Glad you liked the freeper page. It's about high time I add some stuff to it.

405 posted on 03/09/2007 8:57:01 AM PST by jmc813 (Rudy Giuliani as the Republican nominee is like Martin Luther being Pope.)
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To: Lib-Lickers 2

"Reagan had Nancy knocked up before he married her,, oh my heavens!!!!!!!!"

Well, he did it himself.... you make it sound like he contracted it out. :)


406 posted on 03/09/2007 9:00:19 AM PST by linda_22003
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To: Rembrandt

Dick Armey said that, not Fred Thompson.


407 posted on 03/09/2007 9:05:47 AM PST by linda_22003
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To: The Pack Knight
This site's a nice idea, but no substitute to listening to doing your own research and using your own judgment.

AMEN - truer words have not been spoken on this forum in how one should go about learning about the candidates.

408 posted on 03/09/2007 9:18:16 AM PST by cgk (I am emboldened by my looks to say things Republican men wouldn’t. - Ann Coulter)
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To: M. Thatcher
He was also, as Republicans in DC tend to be, so focused on being "fair" and being seen as such by the media, that his hearings descended into appeasement.

So you're saying being far isn't a goal?

409 posted on 03/09/2007 9:27:36 AM PST by joesbucks
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To: RockinRight
not being quite the "insider" that would make him a negative.

I will wait until we hear his position on immigration and borders.

410 posted on 03/09/2007 9:28:56 AM PST by itsahoot (The GOP did nothing about immigration, immigration did something about the GOP (As Predicted))
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To: phil1750
Mr. Thompson's candidacy would make things interesting.
Maybe he is the answer to needing a candidate with
the best qualities of Rudy and Newt but in the mold
of Reagan. I would love to hear Thompson state his
positions and vision for America. That said, Ohio
is lost to the GOP on the national ticket level until
at least the 2012 election cycle.
411 posted on 03/09/2007 9:39:31 AM PST by buckalfa
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To: AmishDude; EternalVigilance

That wasn't the point. The one you did find reflects nothing about the state of the 2000 primary season. It was an oddball piece with maybe 4 or 5 posters and 10 or so comments. It means nothing. I remember well the McCain threat and how it caused the rallying effect around GW. A few threads on FR is not indicative of the entire Republican politic.


412 posted on 03/09/2007 9:43:27 AM PST by streetpreacher (What if you're wrong?)
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To: streetpreacher
Here's another one. Same original poster. 73 replies. Many high-fives.

Do you want me to find another one? "NWO" is usually a good search term to find these kinds of threads.

413 posted on 03/09/2007 9:49:36 AM PST by AmishDude (It doesn't matter whom you vote for. It matters who takes office.)
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To: freeangel

Your name has been added the Draft Fred Thompson ping list. :)


414 posted on 03/09/2007 9:57:54 AM PST by jellybean (FRED THOMPSON FOR PRESIDENT! Proud to be an Ann-droid and a Steyn-aholic)
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To: joesbucks
So you're saying being far isn't a goal?

No, duh - I assume most of us know the DC definition of "fair," which is why I put it in quotes: "Fair" in DC is when the Republican rolls on his back and apologizes for breathing while Sandy Burglar stashes stolen national secrets under a construction trailer.

My point was that Senate Committe Chair Thompson in 1997 was virtually emasculated instead of issuing the coup de grace to the Clinton Crime Contingent when he had them in his gunsights, as I had hoped.

But as I said, he's a decent guy and I would support him were he the nominee.

415 posted on 03/09/2007 10:45:21 AM PST by M. Thatcher
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To: Politicalmom; AmishDude

I was being sarcastic. I was mocking the people who have been making an issue out of Guiliani's divorce. I don't care who anyone marries..or the ages. FYI: My husband is 20 years older than me...I was 38 and he 58 when we met. We married two years later and we're going on 10 happy years together.


416 posted on 03/09/2007 11:30:22 AM PST by Hildy (RINO=RUDY IS NUMBER ONE)
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To: Hildy

You can't see the moral difference between marrying a younger person and having adulterous affairs?


417 posted on 03/09/2007 11:44:28 AM PST by Politicalmom ("Always vote for principle...and your vote is never lost."-John Quincy Adams)
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To: papasmurf

J.C. Watt for President? Now that would be exciting.

J.C. Watts could actually be President of the United States.


418 posted on 03/09/2007 12:22:09 PM PST by rightinthemiddle (Without the Media, the Left and Islamofacists are Nothing.)
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To: All
Senate Years of Service: 1994-2003 Party: Republican THOMPSON, Fred Dalton, a Senator from Tennessee; born in Sheffield, Ala., on August 19, 1942; attended the public schools in Lawrenceburg, Tenn.; graduated from Memphis State University 1964; received J.D. degree from Vanderbilt University 1967; admitted to the Tennessee bar in 1967 and commenced the practice of law; assistant U.S. attorney 1969-1972; minority counsel, Senate Select Committee on Presidential Campaign Activities (“Watergate Committee”) 1973-1974; special counsel to Tennessee Governor Lamar Alexander 1980; special counsel, Senate Committee on Foreign Relations 1980-1981; special counsel, Senate Intelligence Committee 1982; member, Tennessee Appellate Court Nominating Commission 1985-1987; actor; elected as a Republican to the United States Senate in the November 8, 1994, special election to fill the unexpired portion of the term ending January 3, 1997, left vacant by the resignation of Albert Gore, Jr.; took the oath of office on December 2, 1994; reelected in 1996 for the term ending January 3, 2003; not a candidate for reelection in 2002; chair, Committee on Governmental Affairs (One Hundred Fifth and One Hundred Sixth Congresses; One Hundred Seventh Congress [January 20, 2001-June 6, 2001]); resumed acting career. How will his not being drafted or joining the military play?
419 posted on 03/09/2007 12:24:04 PM PST by rocksblues (Do unto others as they do unto you!)
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To: EternalVigilance
There are rare times when our genes just screw up and produce a fetus that won't last even nine months in the womb and be stillborn. You can see very early if a baby has two arms and two legs and fingers and toes growing. Every pregnant woman should see what she is bringing to life by week 20. That will change all hearts.

If ultrasound can show me what my intestines are doing with the pickle I ate, you can see what a baby is doing floating around in your tummy. Just watch the crt monitor.

420 posted on 03/09/2007 1:12:03 PM PST by BobS
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To: AmishDude

I'm sure you can find a few Storm Front supporters back then as well. It says nothing about the Republican primary process and how conservatives and evangelicals voted.


421 posted on 03/09/2007 1:22:38 PM PST by streetpreacher (What if you're wrong?)
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To: rocksblues
"How will his not being drafted or joining the military play?"

About as much as Mrs. Bill Clinton's tire treads on Bill's rear end will.

422 posted on 03/09/2007 1:32:25 PM PST by BobS
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To: BobS
I am not against Mr. Thompson. In fact I would welcome his entry. I am just saying that the DBM will probably start the Chicken Hawk crapola, while all the while a proven draft dodger was our President for 8 years.
423 posted on 03/09/2007 1:37:53 PM PST by rocksblues (Do unto others as they do unto you!)
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To: West Coast Conservative
I like Fred, and yes he did vote against Bubba's impeachment, but I think he did that with deliberation and intelligence. Besides, have any of those out there that b!tch about the pubbies that voted against impeachment thought that those pubbies just might have considered the consequences of an Algore as President. I think they did, and I think that helped to spur them to make that decision. Gore is a train wreck now, as President he would have been a total disaster for this country. The is, and was incredibly stupid. Bubba was bad but Gore...no,no,no,NO! I always said that Bubba had a cushion against impeachment, and that cushion was Gore, that's why Bubba chose "The Wooden One" as his running mate.

If Fred won the presidency I would be delighted, and, at this point, I would have to vote for him in the primaries. He is a conservative and very pro military. He can make a decision and back it up. He won't take any crap from the left, and he's a man of letters, and principles. And, he looks like everybody's Granddaddy. I'm with Fred!

424 posted on 03/09/2007 1:52:22 PM PST by timydnuc (I'll die on my feet before I'll live on my knees.)
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To: streetpreacher

What's Stormfront been doing lately? I used to visit weird websites until I caught a bug that disabled my computer. 5 hard drives. Repaired. The last I heard is those social nationalists are teaming up with Muslim wackos.


425 posted on 03/09/2007 1:56:51 PM PST by BobS
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To: rocksblues

I don't think Thompson will let them define him that way. He knows that business.


426 posted on 03/09/2007 2:08:20 PM PST by BobS
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To: jmc813

"I'd hit that."

Wouldn't be my choice of words, but yes, she is a hottie. :)


Just goes to show, a man's looks aren't all that important, now are they?

:O)


P


427 posted on 03/09/2007 2:08:23 PM PST by papasmurf (Join Team 36120 Free Republic Folders. Folding@Home Enter Name:FRpapasmurf)
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To: timydnuc

Rush said we want leadership. That's true. The other guys are leaders in other fields and circumstances. Fred can use their experience as President in making decisions. He can hire Newt Gingrich as policy advisor and idea person. Newt is an engineer at heart that prefers to study history.


428 posted on 03/09/2007 2:38:59 PM PST by BobS
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To: Eagles6
"Fred Thompson/Rick Santorum".

Now THAT sounds good! As a matter of fact it's almost perfect. I'm in.

The left would be spending their days cleaning out their collective britches.

Imagine these two great conservative speakers up against Barack Obama, and the Osama Mamma.

Here's another thing; the MSM/DBM hate both of these guys and their full frontal, and vicious attacks would only serve out candidates well. They are both well educated and principled men, they are also very good "on their feet". I feel a Reagan moment coming on.

I can remember well the campaign of Reagan. The poor guy looked so strong against the leftist media and the arrogant elitist, lefties, but he stood like Gary Cooper in "High Noon". He shot them down like the hoodlum that they were. I watched everything that was on TV, debates, speeches, the meaningless diatribes slobbered by the commie propagandists for the left. I saw that man take it all in stride, with confidence and clarity of purpose that no other Republican I had ever seen. I said, "that's the man, that's the man that can lead this country back to it's position as the bastion of freedom". That man was committed, dedicated and a visionary. He had a dream for this country that was contagious, and the contagion spread so fast. If Fred could be half of what Reagan was we would have a Republican majority, and we could finally break the back of the leftist hold on the Democrat party.

RUN FRED RUN!

429 posted on 03/09/2007 2:42:29 PM PST by timydnuc (I'll die on my feet before I'll live on my knees.)
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To: timydnuc
Just my thought.

Can anyone here imagine where we we be if Gore or Kerry had won?

430 posted on 03/09/2007 2:46:29 PM PST by rocksblues (Do unto others as they do unto you!)
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To: Politicalmom

I was being facetious...obviously, it didn't work for some of you. I don't care what any of them did in their personal lives as long as it wasn't illegal. You never know what goes on behind closed doors.


431 posted on 03/09/2007 3:10:13 PM PST by Hildy (RINO=RUDY IS NUMBER ONE)
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To: M. Thatcher
But as I said, he's a decent guy and I would support him were he the nominee.

My point. He does seem to be a decent guy, and I bet he played it by the book. I think we sometimes want our guys to get an outcome and if it requires going over the line, well fine, just done't leave any tracks.

432 posted on 03/09/2007 5:44:01 PM PST by joesbucks
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To: papasmurf

Fred has been one of the people heading the Libby defense fund. I will tell you this, if President Bush does not pardon Scooter, President Thompson would.


433 posted on 03/09/2007 5:49:26 PM PST by mware (By all that you hold dear.. on this good earth... I bid you stand! Men of the West!)
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To: timydnuc
When I saw the outpouring of emotion and feeling by millions of Americans during Reagan's funeral, I knew GW would win the 2004 election. There is a solid core of Conservatives in this country and the politicians keep selling us out and, for the life of me, I can't understand it. When they sell us out, they lose, as in the last election.

Be pro-life, pro-Second Amendment, strong supporter of the military, strong borders, pro-traditional marriage and you will win 40% everytime and pull 15% of independents. Just don't sell us out. What don't they get?

434 posted on 03/09/2007 8:53:13 PM PST by Eagles6 (Dig deeper, more ammo.)
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To: RockinRight
Neither of them were married at the time. She was attractive, and, let's face it, probably about as easy as a first grade math test. I don't think marriage was on his mind with her, quite honestly.

And so what. He was single at the time.

Never said either of them were married, but she had been married several times when they started dating. I just made a remark, for a lawmaker, his judgement is in question--at least by me

435 posted on 03/09/2007 10:38:19 PM PST by notaliberal (Democrats: the terrorists secret weapon)
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To: West Coast Conservative

Did FRed Thompson serve in the military? If not, does anyone know why not?


436 posted on 03/11/2007 12:13:35 PM PDT by Graymatter
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To: AmishDude
Here's what's funny. They'll call somebody who reflexively supports the GOP a RINO. Follow me on this: How can a Republican in Name Only be someone who doesn't abandon Republicans for not being pure enough?!?!?

I'll explain. A RINO is worse than a Democrat, because their both gonna screw you, but the rat won't lie about it. 95% of the House GOP are RINOs, and 100% of the Senate GOP are RINOs. Only Paul/Hunter/or Tancredo can placate the Republican base...else we are all DOOMED!

437 posted on 03/12/2007 9:18:11 PM PDT by John David Stutts (Have a nice day)
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