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'Law and Order' president? (Bill Frist e-mail about Fred Thompson)
The Chicago Tribune ^ | 3/17/06 | Michael Tackett

Posted on 03/17/2007 11:43:35 AM PDT by LdSentinal

Bill Frist, former senate majority leader, former presidential aspirant, and current promoter of the idea of Fred Thompson as president of the United States, sends out an email this morning.

Thompson, current actor on 'Law and Order' and former Tennessee senator himself, is mulling a run for the White House, or so Frist would have us believe.

Here's what Frist is telling supporters:

Three things I need to share this morning:

I talked to Fred Thompson last night, really just to share with him the tremendous support that he has received from all of you who have blogged on the Volpac web site over the past 4 days. In your messages many of you have given specific suggestions, and I passed them on to him. If there are messages, or ideas that you'd like to get to Fred, write them below, to stimulate others with your ideas, and I will share them with Fred. Now is the time for big ideas ... big, true conservative ideas that rise above the fray. Fred is listening. He will carefully consider running over the next several weeks. His public statements exactly reflect what he is thinking inside.

(Excerpt) Read more at newsblogs.chicagotribune.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Tennessee
KEYWORDS: 2008; fred; fredthompson; frist; tennesse; thompson
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1 posted on 03/17/2007 11:43:39 AM PDT by LdSentinal
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To: LdSentinal
What a boost. Who's next Mike DeWine?
2 posted on 03/17/2007 11:50:59 AM PDT by johnny7 ("We took a hell of a beating." -'Vinegar Joe' Stilwell)
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To: LdSentinal; STARWISE; fieldmarshaldj; AuH2ORepublican; Kuksool; zbigreddogz; JohnnyZ; mariabush; ...

The more things progress, the more I wish for a Thompson candidacy.


3 posted on 03/17/2007 11:51:35 AM PDT by Clintonfatigued (If the GOP were to stop worshiping Free Trade as if it were a religion, they'd win every election)
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To: Clintonfatigued

I could actually get excited about a candidate. Instead of voting for the best of the worst, I could really vote for someone I supported and had confidence in.


4 posted on 03/17/2007 11:52:30 AM PDT by mockingbyrd (peace begins in the womb)
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To: Clintonfatigued

I'll do GOTV work for Thompson should he jump in. If not, I'll cast a protest vote for either Ron Paul or Duncan Hunter.


5 posted on 03/17/2007 11:55:41 AM PDT by Kuksool
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To: johnny7

LOL!


6 posted on 03/17/2007 12:04:09 PM PDT by SIDENET (Now selling carbon offsets. Get some today!)
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To: LdSentinal

There's about 600 days until the 2008 election. I hope he doesn't wait until summer to announce.


7 posted on 03/17/2007 12:10:04 PM PDT by Graymatter
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To: LdSentinal

A lifetime ACU rating of 86 and a National Taxpayers Union “A” rating.


8 posted on 03/17/2007 12:15:10 PM PDT by Mojave
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To: LdSentinal

Points of reference---
John Kerry announced his 2004 candidacy on 9-02-03, and Dean announced his on 6-23-03.
However, the California primary wasn't in February then, and that makes a difference.


9 posted on 03/17/2007 12:16:36 PM PDT by Graymatter
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To: LdSentinal

Instead of Frist "rising above the fray" how about getting into the fray and kicking some butt???

A whole lot of people are sick of the turn the other cheek crowd, it's time for a Rudy.


10 posted on 03/17/2007 12:19:05 PM PDT by tkathy
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To: tkathy
A whole lot of people are sick of the turn the other cheek crowd, it's time for a Rudy.

However, as a February 2007 New York Times article pointed out, "Mr. Giuliani has been alone [among Republican candidates] in saying that such a strategy may not succeed, potentially providing him cover should the situation in Iraq deteriorate further. And he has put the strategy in a broader context that plays down the importance of Iraq."

11 posted on 03/17/2007 12:27:20 PM PDT by Mojave
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To: Mojave

The reason Rudy's getting support is he's a butt kicker, not because he's being pushed by anyone or anything.


12 posted on 03/17/2007 12:33:09 PM PDT by tkathy
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To: LdSentinal

If he's taking suggestions, could he slap Jack McCoy around a little for me?


13 posted on 03/17/2007 12:36:54 PM PDT by sageb1 (This is the Final Crusade. There are only 2 sides. Pick one.)
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To: tkathy
not because he's being pushed by anyone

Your fist statement of half truths make your second statement BS of the highest order.

14 posted on 03/17/2007 12:40:06 PM PDT by org.whodat (Never let the facts get in the way of a good assumption.)
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To: mockingbyrd

Fred Thompson is someone I could be proud to vote for! Visit www.draftfredthompson.com and sign the petition to tell Fred Thompson to run...Run, Fred, Run!---we need you


15 posted on 03/17/2007 12:56:27 PM PDT by johnjleejr
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To: tkathy
The reason Rudy's getting support is he's a butt kicker

Hardly. He kisses the butts of abortionists and perverts.

16 posted on 03/17/2007 1:01:55 PM PDT by Mojave
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To: tkathy
Instead of Frist "rising above the fray" how about getting into the fray and kicking some butt??? A whole lot of people are sick of the turn the other cheek crowd, it's time for a Rudy.

If anyone tries to go negative on Hillary or Obama they'll be hammered by the media. The "we're not as bad as them" strategy got us crushed in 2006; it's long past time we returned to being the party of ideas.

17 posted on 03/17/2007 1:04:45 PM PDT by NittanyLion
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To: Clintonfatigued

"The more things progress, the more I wish for a Thompson candidacy."

I was just discussing this with my wife. She says Fred is "too conservative" to which I replied "he's not as conservative as I am". She just stared at me for several moments.


18 posted on 03/17/2007 1:10:25 PM PDT by dljordan
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To: tkathy
The reason Rudy's getting support is he's a butt kicker, not because he's being pushed by anyone or anything.

Right. The fact he actively supports baby killing and his nomination would completely destroy the sway social cons hold over the GOP has NOTHING at all to do with your undying support for him, nothing whatsoever... /sarc

(Sorry, tkathy - I have a VERY long memory)

19 posted on 03/17/2007 1:13:56 PM PDT by Ogie Oglethorpe (2nd Amendment - the reboot button on the U.S. Constitution)
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To: Ogie Oglethorpe

actively supports baby killing???

Nobody actively supports baby killing.


20 posted on 03/17/2007 1:17:06 PM PDT by tkathy
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To: johnjleejr

It's been a number of years so I can't recall the details the way I'd like, but maybe some of you others can. An acquaintance of mine (actually my ex-wife's now ex-husband) had a son killed in the 1st Gulf War. The circumstances were called into question and Thompson picked up the ball to get to the bottom of it. It turns out that it was a tragic "friendly fire" incident, but the officers and some of the troops involved not only covered it up but got medals and promotions out of it. If I remember correctly, there were Senate hearings and the commendations were revoked, some individuals may have been demoted or even dismissed from the service. It might not have happened without Thompson and I don't guess it made him real popular with some, but it was the right thing to do and he did it. I'd like to see a person of his character in the White House and representing a conservative agenda.


21 posted on 03/17/2007 1:19:36 PM PDT by Emmett McCarthy
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To: tkathy
Nobody actively supports baby killing.

Rudy does. And he wants to force us to pay for it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ALDfwXIYUX0

22 posted on 03/17/2007 1:21:54 PM PDT by Mojave
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To: Emmett McCarthy

"...Thompson initiated a Congressional investigation into a friendly fire incident during the Gulf War which claimed the life of Sgt. Lance Fielder of Nashville..."


23 posted on 03/17/2007 1:23:58 PM PDT by Mojave
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To: Mojave

Yes, I knew the names obviously since the young man's father was married to my ex at the time, but I don't claim to remember all the details. Does anybody else?


24 posted on 03/17/2007 1:28:00 PM PDT by Emmett McCarthy
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To: tkathy

Giuliani endorses taxpayer funding of abortions. It doesn't get more active than that. Making you and me pay for it or face legal penalties.


25 posted on 03/17/2007 1:30:05 PM PDT by Graymatter
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To: Emmett McCarthy

http://handle.dtic.mil/100.2/ADA293803


26 posted on 03/17/2007 1:31:25 PM PDT by Mojave
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To: tkathy
Nobody actively supports baby killing.

now THAT is one naive statement...care to restate your opinion?

27 posted on 03/17/2007 1:33:22 PM PDT by tioga
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To: Graymatter

Owing to Giuliani’s support for abortion, NARAL head Kate Michelman anticipated sitting out a Hillary Clinton–Rudy Giuliani Senate match-up. She explained that NARAL wouldn’t “take sides in the race because both likely candidates are abortion-rights advocates.”

http://levin.nationalreview.com/post/?q=NWVhNzkzNDI1NWM0Y2IwZjUzYWUzMjAwZjkzODRjMWY=


28 posted on 03/17/2007 1:34:33 PM PDT by Mojave
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To: tioga

What did GWB or Reagan do about "baby killing"? National politics is less and less about this unsolveable problem, which belongs in the states.


29 posted on 03/17/2007 1:41:36 PM PDT by tkathy
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To: tkathy
"As we continue to work to overturn Roe v. Wade, we must also continue to lay the groundwork for a society in which abortion is not the accepted answer to unwanted pregnancy. Pro-life people have already taken heroic steps, often at great personal sacrifice, to provide for unwed mothers. I recently spoke about a young pregnant woman named Victoria, who said, "In this society we save whales, we save timber wolves and bald eagles and Coke bottles. Yet, everyone wanted me to throw away my baby." She has been helped by Save-a-Life, a group in Dallas, which provides a way for unwed mothers to preserve the human life within them when they might otherwise be tempted to resort to abortion. I think also of House of His Creation in Catesville, Pennsylvania, where a loving couple has taken in almost 200 young women in the past ten years. They have seen, as a fact of life, that the girls are not better off having abortions than saving their babies. I am also reminded of the remarkable Rossow family of Ellington, Connecticut, who have opened their hearts and their home to nine handicapped adopted and foster children." --Ronald Reagan

By contrast:

Owing to Giuliani’s support for abortion, NARAL head Kate Michelman anticipated sitting out a Hillary Clinton–Rudy Giuliani Senate match-up. She explained that NARAL wouldn’t “take sides in the race because both likely candidates are abortion-rights advocates.”

30 posted on 03/17/2007 1:45:43 PM PDT by Mojave
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To: Mojave

Thanks for the reference.


31 posted on 03/17/2007 1:46:02 PM PDT by Emmett McCarthy
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To: tkathy

tkathy wrote: "What did GWB or Reagan do about "baby killing"? National politics is less and less about this unsolveable problem, which belongs in the states."

But to get it to the states, you have to have a conservative Supreme Court. GWB appointed two good conservatives to the Court.

Fred Thompson would in all liklihood have the opportunity to appoint two more, as JP Stevens and RB Ginsburg are both in poor health and hanging on for dear life in hopes that a liberal will win the presidency next year.


32 posted on 03/17/2007 1:55:07 PM PDT by Josh Painter (Draft Fred Thompson: the grassroots "surge that will transform the Republican race." - The Hill)
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To: tkathy

-GW signed an a partial birth abortin law. He named two SC justices who are pro-life. -and I see someone already responded in Reagan's defense.

I NEVER vote for a abortion supported candidate.


33 posted on 03/17/2007 1:57:25 PM PDT by tioga
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To: Sturm Ruger
Fred Thompson would in all liklihood have the opportunity to appoint two more, as JP Stevens and RB Ginsburg

Good point! Plus, Rudy is a big fan of Ginsburg.

34 posted on 03/17/2007 1:59:20 PM PDT by Mojave
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To: Emmett McCarthy

http://mpa.utk.edu/thompson/biography.htm


35 posted on 03/17/2007 2:00:43 PM PDT by AuntB (" It takes more than walking across the border to be an American." Duncan Hunter)
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To: AuntB
"Additionally, in 2005, Bush assigned Thompson the task of guiding Supreme Court nominee John Roberts through the Senate confirmation process."

That's impressive!

36 posted on 03/17/2007 2:04:21 PM PDT by Mojave
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To: tkathy

The reason Rudy's getting support is he's a butt kicker, not because he's being pushed by anyone or anything."

Wrong, he's getting celebrity support that's an inch deep because he hasnt taken any really tough stands. What is Rudy's plan to win in Iraq?

It's absolutely shameful that supposedly smart Republican people are willing to support Rudy without demanding answers on tough issues like Iraq, abortion, spending plans, energy, etc. He's mouthing platitudes only. This is a recipe for disaster later.


37 posted on 03/17/2007 2:20:28 PM PDT by WOSG (The 4-fold path to save America - Think right, act right, speak right, vote right!)
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To: Mojave
That's impressive!

In the same article, the not so impressive....

"During his first years in the Senate, Thompson also began his fight for campaign finance reform. In September 1995, he introduced bipartisan legislation, along with Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI),"

38 posted on 03/17/2007 2:22:00 PM PDT by AuntB (" It takes more than walking across the border to be an American." Duncan Hunter)
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To: tkathy

"actively supports baby killing???

Nobody actively supports baby killing."

But he joined the pro-abort extremists in opposing partial birth abortion legislation.

Count me as someone who would prefer any of Thompson, Romney or Gingrich or Hunter over Rudy as our nominee.


39 posted on 03/17/2007 2:22:14 PM PDT by WOSG (The 4-fold path to save America - Think right, act right, speak right, vote right!)
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To: WOSG
What is Rudy's plan to win in Iraq?

Good question.

However, as a February 2007 New York Times article pointed out, "Mr. Giuliani has been alone [among Republican candidates] in saying that such a strategy may not succeed, potentially providing him cover should the situation in Iraq deteriorate further. And he has put the strategy in a broader context that plays down the importance of Iraq."

40 posted on 03/17/2007 2:22:51 PM PDT by Mojave
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To: AuntB

That's a downside.


41 posted on 03/17/2007 2:24:26 PM PDT by Mojave
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To: mockingbyrd
I could actually get excited about a candidate. Instead of voting for the best of the worst, I could really vote for someone I supported and had confidence in.

My sentiments exactly.

42 posted on 03/17/2007 2:50:28 PM PDT by pray4liberty (a saint is a sinner who never gave up.)
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To: AuntB

AuntB wrote: "...the not so impressive...."

"During his first years in the Senate, Thompson also began his fight for campaign finance reform. In September 1995, he introduced bipartisan legislation, along with Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI),"

FDT admitted that he was wrong about McCain-Feingold. But he was honest when he emphasized the fact that taking big bucks from special interests and then voting on measures which those same special interests have a big stake in is wrong.

Thompson is a straight shooter. The rest, except for Duncan Hunter, are all bull shooters...


43 posted on 03/17/2007 3:10:22 PM PDT by Josh Painter (Draft Fred Thompson: the grassroots "surge that will transform the Republican race." - The Hill)
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To: Sturm Ruger

Rudy has a lot in common with WJC. I know that's not a popular opinion to have---but when I worked at DOJ in the eighties Rudy was the US Atty for NY. My boss positively detested him, nothing personal, but he astutely pointed out that Giuliani only prosecuted cases that were likely to get good press; and was a camera hog to boot. Mind you, this was over 25 years ago, and he predicted that Rudy would be running for Pres one day. He also predicted that an unprincipled nobody from Arkansas would run for president one day. I never took anything that particular boss said lightly.


44 posted on 03/17/2007 6:06:11 PM PDT by Segovia (Do not meddle in the affairs of dragons, for you are crunchy and taste good with ketchup.)
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To: Mojave; AuntB
"Additionally, in 2005, Bush assigned Thompson the task of guiding Supreme Court nominee John Roberts through the Senate confirmation process."

Fred would be the tallest US president ever. :)

45 posted on 03/17/2007 6:15:51 PM PDT by Graymatter
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To: johnny7

A Frist endorsement bugs me a bit, but let's face it - he was well liked in the Senate and Frist is from Thompson's home state - of course he and Baker are going to be the guys he's close to.


46 posted on 03/17/2007 6:16:58 PM PDT by RockinRight ("After two years in Washington, I often long for the realism and sincerity of Hollywood." - FDT)
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To: dljordan

LOL...gotta love that.


47 posted on 03/17/2007 6:18:05 PM PDT by RockinRight ("After two years in Washington, I often long for the realism and sincerity of Hollywood." - FDT)
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To: dljordan

LOL...gotta love that.


48 posted on 03/17/2007 6:18:10 PM PDT by RockinRight ("After two years in Washington, I often long for the realism and sincerity of Hollywood." - FDT)
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To: Graymatter

He just looks like our next president.


49 posted on 03/17/2007 9:48:45 PM PDT by Rick_Michael (Thompson/Newt ----Credibilty and Intelligience (Or perhaps Fred Thompson/Tommy Thompson))
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To: jellybean; SE Mom

Fred ...!


50 posted on 03/17/2007 10:00:02 PM PDT by STARWISE (They (Rats) think of this WOT as Bush's war, not America's war-RichardMiniter, respected OBL author)
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