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Frist says Thompson ‘very aggressively’ considering ’08 run
Nashville City Paper ^ | 03/30/07 | Jared Allen

Posted on 03/30/2007 6:02:49 AM PDT by SE Mom

Bill Frist doesn’t know who is going to win the 2008 Republican primary, let alone the final list of candidates. One thing Frist does know for sure is if his friend and former U.S. Senate colleague Fred Thompson decides to enter the race, he will be “very, very supportive” of a Thompson candidacy.

But with some polls showing Thompson, Tennessee’s second-most-recent former Republican senator, in third place among GOP presidential hopefuls – only weeks after he first hinted that he was considering running for president – talk of Fred Thompson dominated much of Frist’s visit.

Frist confirmed much of the speculation surrounding comments Thompson first made on Fox News Sunday – in which the Law and Order star and movie actor noted that he was thinking of throwing his hat in the campaign ring – by saying he and Thompson have talked at least every other day about a multitude of issues, including a presidential run.

It was just weeks ago, as well, that Frist formally announced that he would not be running for president in 2008.

“He recognizes that at this point in history, people want somebody who can communicate effectively, who can communicate directly, who can cut through a lot of the rhetoric,” Frist said of Thompson. “And Fred can do just that.”

“Over the next several weeks, and it could even be months, he’s going to continue to consider it very, very aggressively,” Frist added.

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Run, Fred, RUN!
1 posted on 03/30/2007 6:02:49 AM PDT by SE Mom
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To: jellybean; Howlin; Sturm Ruger; STARWISE; Graymatter

FRED ping!

“He recognizes that at this point in history, people want somebody who can communicate effectively, who can communicate directly, who can cut through a lot of the rhetoric,” Frist said of Thompson. “And Fred can do just that.”

“Over the next several weeks, and it could even be months, he’s going to continue to consider it very, very aggressively,” Frist added.


2 posted on 03/30/2007 6:04:05 AM PDT by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet)
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To: SE Mom

Excellent news!!!!


3 posted on 03/30/2007 6:06:30 AM PDT by Dustbunny (The BIBLE - Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth)
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To: SE Mom

*nibble*
Encouragement! Thank you Fred!
*munch*


4 posted on 03/30/2007 6:08:35 AM PDT by Graymatter (Let Freddom Ring!)
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To: SE Mom
Run, Fred, RUN!

Ditto!

5 posted on 03/30/2007 6:09:58 AM PDT by Graybeard58 (Remember and pray for SSgt. Matt Maupin - MIA/POW- Iraq since 04/09/04)
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To: SE Mom

And the first thing Thompson should do is distance himself from anything having to do with Frist.


6 posted on 03/30/2007 6:11:49 AM PDT by TomServo ("Jim Henson's Flying Leatherneck Babies!")
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To: SE Mom

If he runs, I'll get off my butt and vote for him. Right now, there isn't a conservative I like (that has a chance of winning)that I would vote for. Duncan Hunter is great, but he has zero chance of winning.


7 posted on 03/30/2007 6:13:28 AM PDT by srotaG adirolF (Hater of all things democRat)
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To: SE Mom

Over the last two days,I've heard two political analysts,from very different directions ( Pat Buchanan,Dick Morris) both say they'd give Thompson a VERY good chance not only to win the GOP nomination,but the White House also. While I don't always agree with these guys,politics is their game and they think Thompson's got the appeal factor to go all the way !!!


8 posted on 03/30/2007 6:14:00 AM PDT by Obie Wan
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To: Obie Wan

( Pat Buchanan,Dick Morris) both say they'd give Thompson a VERY good chance not only to win the GOP nomination,but the White House also.



Personally I'd give an assessment of that sort much more credit if it was from some others. Pattie and Dick are all over the place depending upon the day's events or issues.


9 posted on 03/30/2007 6:18:25 AM PDT by deport ( Cue Spooky Music...)
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To: SE Mom

“He recognizes that at this point in history, people want somebody who can communicate effectively, who can communicate directly, who can cut through a lot of the rhetoric,” Frist said of Thompson. “And Fred can do just that.”


Fred can most certainly do all of the above better than anyone else in the race.


10 posted on 03/30/2007 6:19:00 AM PDT by Taichi (Certe, toto, sentio nos in kansate non iam adesse)
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To: Obie Wan

I read the piece by Morris...do you have a link for Buchanan?

One thing's for sure- this is shaping up to be a llllong primary season:)


11 posted on 03/30/2007 6:19:15 AM PDT by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet)
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To: TomServo

Bill Frist is well liked in Tenn. Just not as a national figure. Being associated with him is not a bad think for Fred.


12 posted on 03/30/2007 6:21:53 AM PDT by Coldwater Creek (President Fred Thompson will finally give the University of Memphis the respect that it is due!)
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To: SE Mom
Next week at a Seattle Mariners game a local conservative talk radio station KVI 570 will be handing out "IM A FRED HEAD" stickers at their booth. It will be Military Appreciation Night at the stadium so it should attract many conservatives.
13 posted on 03/30/2007 6:23:02 AM PDT by NavyCanDo
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To: SE Mom
Only a politic an could utter the words
"VERY AGRESSIVELY considering" without blushing. Pure nonsense.
14 posted on 03/30/2007 6:24:58 AM PDT by DManA
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To: mariabush

I voted for Frist - and I voted for Thompson.

I very much regretted voting for Frist.

He's a wimp.


15 posted on 03/30/2007 6:27:17 AM PDT by TomServo ("Jim Henson's Flying Leatherneck Babies!")
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To: NavyCanDo

Wow :)


16 posted on 03/30/2007 6:28:23 AM PDT by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet)
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To: SE Mom

I don't know, I heard once that Thompson did not come to a complete stop at a stop sign. Such disrepect of the law has to raise questions about his suitability for the Presidency.


17 posted on 03/30/2007 6:29:19 AM PDT by Always Right
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To: Obie Wan
Over the last two days,I've heard two political analysts,from very different directions ( Pat Buchanan,Dick Morris) both say they'd give Thompson a VERY good chance not only to win the GOP nomination,but the White House also. While I don't always agree with these guys,politics is their game and they think Thompson's got the appeal factor to go all the way !!!

I really thought Thompson did have a very good shot, but if Morris and Buchanan are saying this, I might have to re-evaluate. When have they been right in the last decade?

18 posted on 03/30/2007 6:30:25 AM PDT by Always Right
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To: DManA

Politics does have a way of warping words, doesn't it? LOL!

I expect what Frist was referring to are the ongoing and numerous talks going on between Thompson and various people and groups within the GOP right now.


19 posted on 03/30/2007 6:32:14 AM PDT by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet)
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To: SE Mom
“He recognizes that at this point in history, people want somebody who can communicate effectively, who can communicate directly, who can cut through a lot of the rhetoric,” Frist said of Thompson. “And Fred can do just that.”

If his recent Paul Harvey segments are any indication of the type of direct speech Thompson would use in a Presidential race, Frist is absolutely correct on this score.

20 posted on 03/30/2007 6:33:18 AM PDT by kevkrom (WARNING: The above post may contain sarcasm... if unsure, please remember to use all precautions)
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To: SE Mom

I'm intrigued by the idea of Thompson running, but if he's tight with that weak-kneed, Beltway smitten, do-nothing politician Frist, in addtion to McVain, then I have some serious doubts about Fred's ability to lead the conservative charge.


21 posted on 03/30/2007 6:33:38 AM PDT by mikeus_maximus (Liberals want the US to fail so the world can become a utopia.)
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To: Always Right
I really thought Thompson did have a very good shot, but if Morris and Buchanan are saying this, I might have to re-evaluate. When have they been right in the last decade?

Morris is right about 50% of the time, typically because he usually takes both sides of any given issue on consecutive days.

22 posted on 03/30/2007 6:34:43 AM PDT by kevkrom (WARNING: The above post may contain sarcasm... if unsure, please remember to use all precautions)
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To: SE Mom

God bless Dr. Frist but he is no politician (though he tries to play on on TV).


23 posted on 03/30/2007 6:35:28 AM PDT by DManA
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To: SE Mom

Thompson is the GOP's last hope.


24 posted on 03/30/2007 6:37:31 AM PDT by Conspiracy Guy (I voted Republican because no Conservatives were running.)
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To: Always Right

Even broken clocks are right twice a day.


25 posted on 03/30/2007 6:38:02 AM PDT by neocon1984 (end the idiocy of post-modernism)
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To: Conspiracy Guy; SE Mom

hiya, CG. i totally agree with you.


26 posted on 03/30/2007 6:38:59 AM PDT by xsmommy
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To: TomServo

I only regret that Frist was Senate Majority Leader!


27 posted on 03/30/2007 6:39:51 AM PDT by Coldwater Creek (President Fred Thompson will finally give the University of Memphis the respect that it is due!)
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To: xsmommy

Of course you agree with me. Morning xs


28 posted on 03/30/2007 6:40:40 AM PDT by Conspiracy Guy (I voted Republican because no Conservatives were running.)
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To: TomServo

I guess you wish you had voted for Sasser?


29 posted on 03/30/2007 6:40:45 AM PDT by sticker
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To: mariabush

I agree. Frist became rather weak and spineless in the Senate, but he's a good guy and was consistently conservative. I have no problem with Frist endorsing Thompson.


30 posted on 03/30/2007 6:41:19 AM PDT by RockinRight (Support FREDeralism. Fred Thompson in 2008!)
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To: kevkrom

Usually you would have to pay me to watch MSNBC but last night while channel surfing I caught Hardball with a discussion about Fred with Chris hosting Pat Buchanan and Margaret Carlson. Did Margaret once go out with Fred? I remember Mark Shields making some humorous remark about that on the Capital Gang many years ago.

Anyway, Chris Matthews was a little giddy over the prospect of Thompson running and says he likes him because he is not pretentious, and he gets right to the point of what he wants to say. It scares me just a bit that Fred seems well liked by a Chris Matthews type. But if Fred can start his campaign off without a barrage of attacks from the liberal talking heads, that is an advantage.


31 posted on 03/30/2007 6:42:28 AM PDT by TNCMAXQ
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To: sticker

You guess wrong.


32 posted on 03/30/2007 6:44:22 AM PDT by TomServo ("Jim Henson's Flying Leatherneck Babies!")
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To: kevkrom
Morris is right about 50% of the time, typically because he usually takes both sides of any given issue on consecutive days.

Good point. Morris like Kerry could engage in a heated debate with himself.

33 posted on 03/30/2007 6:45:02 AM PDT by Always Right
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To: mariabush
I only regret that Frist was Senate Majority Leader!

I can meet you halfway. ;-)

34 posted on 03/30/2007 6:45:21 AM PDT by TomServo ("Jim Henson's Flying Leatherneck Babies!")
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To: kevkrom

Paul Harvey reports urban legends to people who don't own computers. What is FT like on his show?


35 posted on 03/30/2007 6:48:40 AM PDT by HostileTerritory
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To: SE Mom
I'm guessing that Fred doesn't want to officially declare his candidacy too early.

The entire 2008 campaign began prematurely and a fatigue-factor could set in, not to mention if Fred declares now it gives the MSM more time to slander and lie about him.

Sounds like stategery to me.

36 posted on 03/30/2007 6:48:44 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Islam is a religion of peace, and Muslims reserve the right to kill anyone who says otherwise.)
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To: Conspiracy Guy; xsmommy

Well...as I look around..I'm beginning to think you have a point.

All else being equal- what sets Fred apart from other candidates is his ability to communicate EFFECTIVELY. We may decry the culture as shallow and pre-occupied. That fact gives Thompson the edge- his tone and manner cuts through the rhetoric and brings clarity to issues others are delighted to muddy.


37 posted on 03/30/2007 6:49:06 AM PDT by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet)
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To: Always Right

LOL!!


38 posted on 03/30/2007 6:49:44 AM PDT by adm5 (FRED IS MY HOMIE.)
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To: SE Mom

Communication is a key ingredient for effective leadership.


39 posted on 03/30/2007 6:51:02 AM PDT by Conspiracy Guy (I voted Republican because no Conservatives were running.)
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To: HostileTerritory

He mentions them, and refutes them, from what I've heard.


40 posted on 03/30/2007 6:52:02 AM PDT by RockinRight (Support FREDeralism. Fred Thompson in 2008!)
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To: SE Mom

Memo to Frist; Shut up !


41 posted on 03/30/2007 6:53:39 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (BTUs are my Beat.)
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To: Always Right

Rudy would have come to a full stop! Thompson is a lawbreaking rino! This whole Thompson thing is nothing more than a ruse by Chevy to sell more red pickup trucks. I can't understand why you people don't see what's right in front of your eyes...


42 posted on 03/30/2007 6:53:59 AM PDT by perfect_rovian_storm
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To: Always Right
I don't know, I heard once that Thompson did not come to a complete stop at a stop sign. Such disrepect of the law has to raise questions about his suitability for the Presidency.

I also heard he dated women after his divorce from his first wife. Imagine that!

43 posted on 03/30/2007 6:55:18 AM PDT by Fierce Allegiance (There are 2 types of Rudy fans - the uninformed or anti-conservative TROLLS who do not belong on FR)
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To: perfect_rovian_storm

It would be funnier if I couldn't actually picture a Rudy supporter making that accusation...


44 posted on 03/30/2007 6:55:25 AM PDT by RockinRight (Support FREDeralism. Fred Thompson in 2008!)
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To: Fierce Allegiance

Rudy, OTOH, lived with gay guys and cross-dressed.


45 posted on 03/30/2007 6:55:55 AM PDT by RockinRight (Support FREDeralism. Fred Thompson in 2008!)
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To: HostileTerritory

If you go here- you'll see Editor's Note- click on it and you can listen for yourself!
http://article.nationalreview.com/?q=ZDhkY2M1Yzk4YjM1YmYyNWFmNWRhOWJjM2Y4YmFkZjg=

In fact- NRO has published all of Fred's pieces on Paul Harvey and the links to listen to them..


46 posted on 03/30/2007 6:56:37 AM PDT by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
I'm guessing that Fred doesn't want to officially declare his candidacy too early. The entire 2008 campaign began prematurely and a fatigue-factor could set in, not to mention if Fred declares now it gives the MSM more time to slander and lie about him. Sounds like stategery to me.

Not to mention, as long as he doesn't declare officially, he gets the benefits of 1) all of the media buzz about "will he or won't he", and 2) the additional (non-regulated) exposure from filling in for Paul Harvey and his Law and Order appearances.

47 posted on 03/30/2007 6:56:56 AM PDT by kevkrom (WARNING: The above post may contain sarcasm... if unsure, please remember to use all precautions)
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To: SE Mom

I respectfully suggest that the reason(s) Thompson is currently in third is that 1--he hasn't declared yet, 2--people know his face but not his name, 3--people don't know his policies.

2 and 3 will be cleared up when he does 1.


48 posted on 03/30/2007 6:57:14 AM PDT by OCCASparky (Steely-Eyed Killer of the Deep)
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To: OCCASparky

Yes they will:)


49 posted on 03/30/2007 6:57:49 AM PDT by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet)
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To: SE Mom

Fred Thompson For President!


50 posted on 03/30/2007 6:59:11 AM PDT by Lazamataz (God: Always, In All Ways.)
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