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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: zarf

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.


51 posted on 03/08/2007 8:08:57 PM PST by JRochelle
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To: West Coast Conservative
Here is a link: Fred Thompson Issues
52 posted on 03/08/2007 8:09:07 PM PST by Ma3lst0rm (This world is full of people who can't see beyond the tip of their nose.)
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To: Hildy
On June 29, 2002, Thompson married Jeri Kehn, a 35-year-old political media consultant at the Verner, Liipfert, Bernhard, and McPherson law firm in Washington, D.C., who 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 two sons and five grandchildren from prior marriages/relationships.

http://www.answers.com/topic/fred-dalton-thompson
53 posted on 03/08/2007 8:10:21 PM PST by tazannie
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To: Siobhan; West Coast Conservative
From Fred Thompson's Wikipedia article:

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?

54 posted on 03/08/2007 8:10:36 PM PST by Pyro7480 ("Jesu, Jesu, Jesu, esto mihi Jesus" -St. Ralph Sherwin's last words at Tyburn)
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To: JRochelle
My guess is he dated classy women who won't rush out of the trailer park and tell.

Lori Morgan is classy? I think she's destroyed more marriages than you've had hot dinners.

55 posted on 03/08/2007 8:10:48 PM PST by zarf (Her hair was of a dank yellow, and fell over her temples like sauerkraut......)
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To: Eagles6

"Fred Thompson/ Rick Santorum."


I like that!!! Fred Thomson would be a great candidate!!!


56 posted on 03/08/2007 8:11:09 PM PST by beagle9
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To: JRochelle

its just one thing after another. nothing short of celibacy is acceptable.


57 posted on 03/08/2007 8:11:11 PM PST by oceanview
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To: zarf

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.


58 posted on 03/08/2007 8:11:35 PM PST by CharlesWayneCT
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To: PhiKapMom

Talk about throwing up a strawman.


Rudy was a huge supporter of CFR.


59 posted on 03/08/2007 8:11:36 PM PST by JRochelle
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To: beagle9

"Fred Thompson/ Rick Santorum."


I like that!!! Fred Thompson would be a great candidate!!!

Spelling Correction


60 posted on 03/08/2007 8:12:32 PM PST by beagle9
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To: zarf

I don't know much about her.

I thought she was just a widow.


61 posted on 03/08/2007 8:12:39 PM PST by JRochelle
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To: CharlesWayneCT
With McCain, you pray he won't go insane, assuming he isn't already insane.

lol. man, is mccain getting a beat down.

62 posted on 03/08/2007 8:12:48 PM PST by zarf (Her hair was of a dank yellow, and fell over her temples like sauerkraut......)
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To: West Coast Conservative

This race is getting crazier ever day!

With Fred Thompson the entire field looks like this:

Rudy, McCain, Romney, Newt, Fred Thompson, Huckabee, Hunter, Brownback, Tancredo, Ron Paul, Tommy Thompson, Jim Gilmore

Let's assume also that Condi jumps in too. The top tier, which I define by those who can raise gobs of cash, becomes:

Rudy, McCain, Romney, Newt, Condi, and Fred Thompson.

That will result in a historical dog-fight. This is insane, the party will go all sorts of directions and I don't see anyone coming out unscathed! Fred Thompson may come out on top, but I am not so sure.


63 posted on 03/08/2007 8:13:01 PM PST by nowandlater (Mitt Romney is to gay marriage as Alan Keyes is to reparations!)
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To: tazannie
"After two years in Washington, I often long for the realism and sincerity of Hollywood." From a speech given by Thompson before the Commonwealth Club of California.

That's kinda funny.

64 posted on 03/08/2007 8:14:16 PM PST by Hildy (RINO=RUDY IS NUMBER ONE)
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To: Hildy

He divorced in 1985, readily available sources don't tell me why, but we'd want to know. He remarried in 2002, so while she's much younger than he is, she wasn't "young" when he married her, so that shouldn't be a problem for too many people.

There are rumors he enjoyed the company of women during his years, but I haven't seen anything in published sources about it. I suppose that could be a problem as well, although my opinion is there probably isn't any recent cheating since he wasn't married from 1985-2002, and I doubt he's been cheating in his last 4 years. He has a child by his latest marriage.


65 posted on 03/08/2007 8:14:20 PM PST by CharlesWayneCT
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To: nowandlater

If Fred enters the race its the end of McCaain and Romney.


66 posted on 03/08/2007 8:14:36 PM PST by JRochelle
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To: West Coast Conservative
I like Fred; he's an attractive politician with a long history of doing the right thing. I first became aware of him in this book about corrupt Tennessee pols; Thompson is a true hero in that true story.

When he came to the Senate I had very high hopes; in fact, I anticipated him truly nailing the Clintonoids when he ran the 1997 Senate hearings looking into the White House fundraising "coffees."

Unfortunately, the hearings proved a disappointment and Fred's towering presence ultimately, in my opinion, went rather limp as the Clinton gang and their Democrat Protectorate ran circles around him. 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.

But he is a decent man with good qualities; I would vote for him were he the Republican nominee. However, I personally would prefer someone who will go for the kill.

67 posted on 03/08/2007 8:14:39 PM PST by M. Thatcher
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To: JRochelle

Personally I think all the finger pointing over marital issues is a distraction. I'm more concerned about why Rudy feels a need to hide from the first debate. We know he's a quick thinker, now he needs to stand out there and face hard questions about actual issues.


68 posted on 03/08/2007 8:14:56 PM PST by cripplecreek (Peace without victory is a temporary illusion.)
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To: oceanview
We had Jimmy Carter; one eunuch was enough.
69 posted on 03/08/2007 8:15:31 PM PST by zarf (Her hair was of a dank yellow, and fell over her temples like sauerkraut......)
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To: zarf; Siobhan; West Coast Conservative
Another Beltway Bubba? Fred Thompson has spun an insider background into a good ol' boy image that could take him to the White House (from 1996)

Fred and his wife, Sarah (from whom he was divorced in 1985), both worked to put Thompson through Vanderbilt and support their three kids....

A friend of his notes that "there's been a long line of women" in the decade since Thompson's divorce, including a semi-serious relationship with country music singer Lorrie Morgan. Says Sen. Orrin Hatch, who chairs the Judiciary Committee on which Thompson sits, "Really lovely women just seem to like Fred"

70 posted on 03/08/2007 8:16:06 PM PST by Pyro7480 ("Jesu, Jesu, Jesu, esto mihi Jesus" -St. Ralph Sherwin's last words at Tyburn)
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To: zarf

She is listed as his "Girlfriend" on the NNBD site. I don't think she was involved during either of his marriages, although I've found almost nothing about his first marriage (which lasted 24 years, and ended the same year he started his acting career).


71 posted on 03/08/2007 8:16:17 PM PST by CharlesWayneCT
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To: Hildy

A very attractive first lady.


72 posted on 03/08/2007 8:17:07 PM PST by CharlesWayneCT
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To: jellybean

Ping.


73 posted on 03/08/2007 8:18:14 PM PST by Howlin (Honk if you like Fred Thompson!!!)
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To: Hildy

"She's something like 34 years old now. Now, THAT would be interesting."

No, she's 40. JERI L KEHN BIRTH DATE: 09/1966


74 posted on 03/08/2007 8:18:25 PM PST by babygene (Never look into the laser with your last good eye...)
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To: cripplecreek

They are pretty good about properly recording votes. How they use those votes to put people on their grid sometimes amazes me.

Thompson wasn't big on tort reform which the site took as a non-conservative position. He had one or two really strange votes, like one where it seems he was against restricting minor's access to violent movies. That could either be seen as an anti-family-value position (which is how the site seemed to treat it) or it could be a strong libertarian position.

He's not perfect. He's the kind of person where you would have to make some compromise, but it's what they meant when they defined the word compromise, not the "sacrifice all your principles" kind of compromise you'd have to do for Rudy.


75 posted on 03/08/2007 8:19:51 PM PST by CharlesWayneCT
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To: M. Thatcher

I was hoping he would run in 2000


76 posted on 03/08/2007 8:19:57 PM PST by Lib-Lickers 2 (Thompson/Romney 08)
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To: Richard Kimball

http://draftfredthompson.com/


77 posted on 03/08/2007 8:20:10 PM PST by Howlin (Honk if you like Fred Thompson!!!)
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To: M. Thatcher

"Unfortunately, the hearings proved a disappointment and Fred's towering presence ultimately, in my opinion, went rather limp as the Clinton gang and their Democrat Protectorate ran circles around him."

Never forget the 900 FBI raw data files. If the contest is between Thompson and Clinton, everything Thompson's ever thought about thinking about will become part of the smear campaign.


78 posted on 03/08/2007 8:20:58 PM PST by RavenATB (Patton was right...)
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To: carlo3b; Howlin; girlangler; KoRn; Shortstop7; Lunatic Fringe; beyond the sea; Darnright; ...
Join the Draft Fred Thompson Bandwagon


▲ Click the box to see where he stands on the issues. ▲

Let me know if you'd like to join the Fred Thompson ping list.

79 posted on 03/08/2007 8:21:15 PM PST by jellybean (FRED THOMPSON FOR PRESIDENT! Proud to be an Ann-droid and a Steyn-aholic)
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To: misterrob

I wish we had bet some money on the first trashing.

I'm sure there's more to come. The real haters aren't even here yet.


80 posted on 03/08/2007 8:21:29 PM PST by Howlin (Honk if you like Fred Thompson!!!)
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To: RockinRight


81 posted on 03/08/2007 8:22:01 PM PST by FethFiada
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To: JRochelle

That was on a website that I frequent. I just remembered that he was one of the few Senators to support McCain in 2000 against then Gov Bush. Sorry to post the facts! What does it have to do with Rudy?

It was Thompson's support of McCain in 2000 and some of his comments then I have a problem with when he was one of four Senators to support McCain over Bush. CFR just happened to be part of the paragraph.


82 posted on 03/08/2007 8:22:09 PM PST by PhiKapMom (Broken Glass Republican -- RudyforPresident2008@yahoogroups.com or http://www.rudygforamerica.com)
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To: Eagles6

Sweet.


83 posted on 03/08/2007 8:22:23 PM PST by Howlin (Honk if you like Fred Thompson!!!)
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To: Howlin

Very very, interestion. He would jump up to my A list of candidates. Hagel is on my F list. McQueeg is on my D list.

I don't know what I would do if the choice turned out to be between Hitlary and Hagel. I dread the thought.


84 posted on 03/08/2007 8:23:01 PM PST by Parley Baer
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To: beagle9

Howzabout Santorum? Nothing in his closet. Straight as an arrow. I'd vote for him now! He was my senator until the idiots in PA voted him out in exchange for the 'man' who ran on nothing.


85 posted on 03/08/2007 8:23:09 PM PST by Eagles6 (Dig deeper, more ammo.)
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To: oceanview

ROFLMAO.


86 posted on 03/08/2007 8:24:02 PM PST by Howlin (Honk if you like Fred Thompson!!!)
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To: PhiKapMom

I think Fred Thompson would make a wonderful VP candidate, running with Rudy. That ticket would be unbeatable, in my opinion.


87 posted on 03/08/2007 8:24:15 PM PST by MonTinaGirl
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To: JRochelle

"If Fred enters the race its the end of McCaain and Romney."

And Rudy fruity...


88 posted on 03/08/2007 8:24:56 PM PST by babygene (Never look into the laser with your last good eye...)
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To: CharlesWayneCT

He's not perfect. He's the kind of person where you would have to make some compromise, but it's what they meant when they defined the word compromise, not the "sacrifice all your principles" kind of compromise you'd have to do for Rudy.




Yep


89 posted on 03/08/2007 8:25:25 PM PST by chasio649
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To: zarf
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?"

He's a Howard Baker conservative. A RINO lite.

They are bringing out the big guns, same clown that gave us GW.

90 posted on 03/08/2007 8:26:21 PM PST by itsahoot (The GOP did nothing about immigration, immigration did something about the GOP (As Predicted))
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To: Howlin
Who's trashing?

The Clinton's are running. Dump the dirt early and vet.

Fred's a great guy, but he ain't perfect. Might as well see if he can at least pass the hyper religious ninny test.

91 posted on 03/08/2007 8:26:35 PM PST by zarf (Her hair was of a dank yellow, and fell over her temples like sauerkraut......)
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To: Richard Kimball

I would also fall into Thompson's camp.


92 posted on 03/08/2007 8:26:38 PM PST by rintense (Just say no to McCain in 2008!)
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To: chasio649

Indeed, I don't think that any Republican would have a huge objection to the guy.


93 posted on 03/08/2007 8:26:45 PM PST by furquhart (Gingrich for President)
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To: MonTinaGirl
I think Fred Thompson would make a wonderful VP candidate, running with Rudy. That ticket would be unbeatable, in my opinion.


IMHO a Thompson\"Anybody but rudi" would be just as
unbeatable.
94 posted on 03/08/2007 8:26:53 PM PST by WKB (Fred "YES", Duncan "yes", Newt "yes", Mitt "maybe", Rino Rudy "no way")
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To: Pyro7480

If he hadn't dated anybody from 1985 until 2002, people on here would be screaming he's gay.

*Sigh*


95 posted on 03/08/2007 8:27:05 PM PST by Howlin (Honk if you like Fred Thompson!!!)
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To: babygene

babygene, I'm still waiting and praying and crossing my fingers...


96 posted on 03/08/2007 8:27:45 PM PST by Howlin (Honk if you like Fred Thompson!!!)
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To: oceanview
nothing short of celibacy is acceptable.

Finally! AmishDude has a chance!

AmishDude 2008, because America needs more snarky sarcasm.

97 posted on 03/08/2007 8:27:49 PM PST by AmishDude (It doesn't matter whom you vote for. It matters who takes office.)
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To: jellybean

I'm desperately trying not to get too hyped up..........but it's hard.


98 posted on 03/08/2007 8:28:20 PM PST by Howlin (Honk if you like Fred Thompson!!!)
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To: PhiKapMom

I'm not going to hold it against Thompson that he supported McCain. A friend.

My point was Rudy is on record as supporting CFR.


99 posted on 03/08/2007 8:29:00 PM PST by JRochelle
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To: Parley Baer; jellybean

It's unthinkable.

I'm still trying to figure out who Hagel thinks his constituents might be.

See my tagline! And I've had it on there for quite a while......actually, I can't even remember when we started this, in a joking manner, can you jellybean?


100 posted on 03/08/2007 8:30:12 PM PST by Howlin (Honk if you like Fred Thompson!!!)
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