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Fred Thompson Supported Lincoln Chafee's Senate Run
CBN News ^ | 4/10/2007 | David Brody

Posted on 04/10/2007 1:10:22 PM PDT by perfect_rovian_storm

The Brody File is in constant research mode. For all you Fred Thompson fans out there, grab a seat. Pause your TIVO episodes of Law and Order. Put on hold those portraits you've ordered of Fred Thompson and Ronald Reagan side by side in your living room. I've discovered that when socially liberal bad boy Republican Senator Lincoln Chafee was running for re-election in 2006, Fred Thompson campaigned for him and came to his defense. Here's the money quote:

"There are a lot of reasons I support Linc. We agree on most issues, disagree on some. Obviously, keeping control of the Senate is very important. I don't like the sound of 'Chairman Kennedy.' "

He agrees with Chafee on most issues? The last time I checked Chafee was pretty much off the reservation on most Republican talking points: immigration, taxes, Iraq war, traditional marriage, abortion. Shall I go on? I mean I get it. Thompson believes keeping Republicans in control of the Senate is the key. You know, it's all about the party. There's something to be said for that but I keep getting back to that line, "agree on most issues". That may be hard to stomach for Thompson fans who believe he's the true conservative choice if he runs. Here's a link to how Chafee has voted on the "issues."

Below you can read the article from The Providence Journal back in April of 2006. Comments?

"He may be known better for his performance as deep-voiced district attorney Arthur Branch on NBC's legal drama Law & Order, but Fred Thompson was in Rhode Island last night in his role as a former U.S. senator from Tennessee and Republican stalwart to campaign and raise money for Sen. Lincoln Chafee's reelection. Thompson's message was aimed at Republicans and unaffiliated voters thinking of supporting Cranston Mayor Stephen Laffey, Chafee's primary challenger. Even those who disagree with Chafee should support him to ensure that the GOP Senate does not revert to the Democrats, Thompson said. "I think purging is the last thing we ought to have on our minds these days," Thompson said. "I think nationwide we are evenly divided as a people on a number of issues; we're evenly divided in the Senate and in the House. We, as Republicans, need to stick together." "There are a lot of reasons I support Linc. We agree on most issues, disagree on some. Obviously, keeping control of the Senate is very important. I don't like the sound of 'Chairman Kennedy.' Thompson was obviously referring to Massachusetts Democrat Edward M. Kennedy, who has sufficient seniority to become chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which considers judicial nominations, if Democrats win control of the Senate in the November general election. "In the kind of times we live in, we need people of integrity who do what they think is right," Thompson said. "I served with Linc's father [the late Sen. John Chafee], who, as far as I was concerned, was the most respected man in the Senate, and Linc is in the same tradition."


TOPICS: Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: chafee; elections; fred; fredthompson; rino; runfredrun; thompson
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Have at it, guys. Before people start yelling at me, just be aware that I am a strong supporter of FRedralism. :)
1 posted on 04/10/2007 1:10:22 PM PDT by perfect_rovian_storm
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To: perfect_rovian_storm

Senators always stick up for their fellow club members - “collegiality” and all that. Comes with the territory. ;)


2 posted on 04/10/2007 1:11:29 PM PDT by Mr. Jeeves ("Wise men don't need to debate; men who need to debate are not wise." -- Tao Te Ching)
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To: perfect_rovian_storm

Well, Laura and Gorge had fine words for Chafee, as I expect did Rudy McRomney.


3 posted on 04/10/2007 1:12:36 PM PDT by FastCoyote
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To: perfect_rovian_storm

Actually, instead of turning off the “true conservatives” to Fred, this should turn ON all those “sell-your-soul-to-keep-the-Republican-majority” crowd.


4 posted on 04/10/2007 1:13:10 PM PDT by The Blitherer ("What the devil is keeping the Yanks?")
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To: FastCoyote

Gorge? - hmm, halfway between Jorge and George.


5 posted on 04/10/2007 1:13:50 PM PDT by FastCoyote
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To: perfect_rovian_storm
The latest anti-Fred talking point has been issued. Fred * gasp * supported the re-election of a GOP Senator in 2006!

I know that's an alien concept to the Rudy boosters, seeing how their guy supported Cuomo over Pataki in 1994.

6 posted on 04/10/2007 1:14:10 PM PDT by dirtboy (Duncan Hunter 08/But Fred would also be great)
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To: perfect_rovian_storm

When it comes to the issues both Hunter and Thompson are much more deserving of my support and vote. Both have more conservative voting records than the other candidates.


7 posted on 04/10/2007 1:14:49 PM PDT by beltfed308 (Rudy: When you absolutely,positively need a liberal for President.)
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To: perfect_rovian_storm

Yeah, but to top that Rudy supports Gun control, gays, abortion and funding of abortion. No contest, I will NOT vote for Rudy.


8 posted on 04/10/2007 1:15:05 PM PDT by calex59
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To: perfect_rovian_storm

And Rudy Giuliani supported Mario Cuomo over a Republican!


9 posted on 04/10/2007 1:16:05 PM PDT by TommyDale ("Rudy can win the War on Terror!" Perhaps, but for whose side?)
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To: perfect_rovian_storm
Say what you will about Chaffee but if he had won last November the Senate Majority Leader would have an “R” next to his/her name.
10 posted on 04/10/2007 1:16:45 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative ("The meaning of peace is the absence of opposition to socialism."-Karl Marx)
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To: FastCoyote
Gorge?


11 posted on 04/10/2007 1:17:06 PM PDT by The_Victor (If all I want is a warm feeling, I should just wet my pants.)
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To: perfect_rovian_storm

so what.

As I said here alot during the 2006 election - the reason to support Chaffee, was that electing him would have kept senators like Inhofe and McConnell IN THE MAJORITY.


12 posted on 04/10/2007 1:17:21 PM PDT by oceanview
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To: perfect_rovian_storm

Chaffee was about as good as Republicans could have gotten in RI. It’s too bad Rhode Island isn’t just another county in MA. Why should such a small area rate having representation in the Senate?


13 posted on 04/10/2007 1:17:41 PM PDT by Paleo Conservative
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To: TommyDale

Didn’t Rudy also say that Bill Clintons policies were almost the same as his?


14 posted on 04/10/2007 1:17:42 PM PDT by RatsDawg
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To: perfect_rovian_storm
THIS is the actual money quote:

Obviously, keeping control of the Senate is very important. I don't like the sound of 'Chairman Kennedy.'

So, was Chafee's opponent more conservative than him?

15 posted on 04/10/2007 1:18:06 PM PDT by Petronski (Ruditude is poisonous.)
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To: perfect_rovian_storm

I’m so dissapointed. Quick someone find me a 72 year old gun grabbing Mormon to support instead....


16 posted on 04/10/2007 1:18:19 PM PDT by NeoCaveman (Giuliani: A strict constructionist judge can come to either conclusion about Roe against Wade.)
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To: dirtboy

Yeah, this is a pretty new one. I don’t even think it’s really been fully circulated around the areafiftyone/fairopinion Rudy rooter posse.

Seems to me that Fred makes it pretty clear that he’s doing it while holding his nose.


17 posted on 04/10/2007 1:18:35 PM PDT by perfect_rovian_storm
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To: TommyDale
So sad that Rudy supporters have only Thompson's 'support record' to challenge. First McCain, then Chaffee. Need I remind everyone that the RNC/GOP trashed the more conservative Republican in that Chaffee race. Sound familiar???

Some of them are slowly but surely turning into classic liberals. They can't attack the record so they attack the trivial crap.

18 posted on 04/10/2007 1:18:55 PM PDT by rintense (I'm 4 Thompson!)
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To: perfect_rovian_storm
Yeah, this is a pretty new one. I don’t even think it’s really been fully circulated around the areafiftyone/fairopinion Rudy rooter posse.

They were floating "Fred used to be a lobbyist!" about earlier in the day and that didn't go anywhere.

I wish this were baseball - three strikes and you're out. They're up to about 70 strikes or so at latest count.

19 posted on 04/10/2007 1:20:25 PM PDT by dirtboy (Duncan Hunter 08/But Fred would also be great)
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To: perfect_rovian_storm

Drat! I just knew Fred Thompson was trying to fake us out with his conservative voting record! I see he is clearly a liberal now!

Give me a break. Let me know if something important comes up like video of Fred Thompson handing out anarchist literature at a “peace” rally while carrying Cindy Sheehan on his back.


20 posted on 04/10/2007 1:21:03 PM PDT by nhoward14
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To: NeoCaveman

Why is it that the pundits are trying to make me believe that Thompson isn’t a conservative? All you have to do is look at his voting record. The left is running scared. You can smell the fear.


21 posted on 04/10/2007 1:21:41 PM PDT by iluvspongebob
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To: perfect_rovian_storm

22 posted on 04/10/2007 1:23:18 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: perfect_rovian_storm

As much as Chaffee was a dweeb it shore has been a lot better with Reid in control. (har-har).


23 posted on 04/10/2007 1:23:45 PM PDT by VeniVidiVici (Encourage illegal immigration! Turn the Southwest into a sewer just like Mexico!)
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To: RatsDawg
"Didn’t Rudy also say that Bill Clintons policies were almost the same as his?"

He sure did!

"Most of Clinton's policies are very similar to most of mine."


24 posted on 04/10/2007 1:23:48 PM PDT by TommyDale ("Rudy can win the War on Terror!" Perhaps, but for whose side?)
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To: perfect_rovian_storm

This is trivial. Not enough to sink Battleship Fred.

I opened this thread to find some really nasty bit about FDT and all I read is that he supports Chaffee to prevent Chairman Kennedy.

Oh and he agrees on most issues. Now what might those be? Transportation bill? National Security? Senate Rule Changes?

But he disagrees on some as well. We won’t know what those are.

But here we have him politicking for what we do know is to prevent a Chairman Kennedy.

My O’ My, FDT is playing suckup to prevent a would-be defector so that the GOP can continue to set the agenda in Congress.

And this is a bad thing?

I’m trying to understand this. Is this the most slime they can come up with against FDT?

FDT selling secrets to the ChiComs is a bad thing.
FDT getting caught in a sex scandal is a bad thing.
FDT having children out of wedlock is a bad thing.

It seems the truly bad thing about FDT is that he is a real conservative.


25 posted on 04/10/2007 1:23:51 PM PDT by Hostage (Fred Thompson will be President.)
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To: perfect_rovian_storm

Means nothing other than that Fred understands politics means a lot of compromise. Certainly won’t change the minds of his friends and there are not many who dislike the guy. This has no more meaning than the comments Rudy made ten years ago about Clinton.


26 posted on 04/10/2007 1:24:21 PM PDT by justshutupandtakeit (Defeat Hillary's V'assed Left Wing Conspiracy)
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To: perfect_rovian_storm

Bumper sticker idea....

Vote for Chafee, he is not a Democrat


27 posted on 04/10/2007 1:24:53 PM PDT by Radix (You might find my other Tag Lines for sale on E-Bay.)
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To: perfect_rovian_storm
I've discovered that when socially liberal bad boy Republican Senator Lincoln Chafee was running for re-election in 2006, Fred Thompson campaigned for him and came to his defense. Here's the money quote:

"There are a lot of reasons I support Linc. We agree on most issues, disagree on some. Obviously, keeping control of the Senate is very important. I don't like the sound of 'Chairman Kennedy.' "

Republicans were holding their noses and voting for RINO's and supporting RINO's to maintain their majority for most pf the last 12 years. I don't like it very much but I'm not going to turn on Thompson because he did. We lost a great Senator in PA because a lot of conservatives decided not to support him because he stood by Arlen Spector.

28 posted on 04/10/2007 1:25:23 PM PDT by pgkdan (Tolerance is the virtue of the man without convictions - G.K. Chesterton)
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I don't like the sound of 'Chairman Kennedy.

I wish more Republican's had felt this way last November...

29 posted on 04/10/2007 1:25:33 PM PDT by BlueNgold (Feed the Tree .....)
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To: perfect_rovian_storm
When oh when will people understand that you do NOT attack your own teammates in public...no matter what?

Geesh. That’s one of the reasons we all hate McCain so much. You can’t have it both ways.

And, just to make it official AGAIN, I have not endorsed any primary candidate at this point. I just think this kind of opposition research is, frankly, idiotic.

30 posted on 04/10/2007 1:25:56 PM PDT by pollyannaish
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To: perfect_rovian_storm
You'll be seeing more and more of these hit pieces soon. The Ruditoots are going crazy waiting for it now. That's why these pieces and even some of the Ruyphiles here are trying to trash Thompson.

Problem for them is they hold a weak hand going in, and it only gets worse when Thompson does get in.

31 posted on 04/10/2007 1:27:10 PM PDT by Pistolshot (Thompson '08)
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To: perfect_rovian_storm

After we are done skaking this one out for the trivial nonsense that it is, areafiftyone will post it as news a week from now and claim that it confirms that FDT is a prochoice CFR supporting liberal just waiting to endorse his best buddy McCon.


32 posted on 04/10/2007 1:28:21 PM PDT by Hostage (Fred Thompson will be President.)
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To: dirtboy

I’ve been googling to see if I can find an instance of Rudy campaigning for Chaffee in 06. I know he stumped for a lot of guys, particularly ones that were looking like they were in trouble. I haven’t found anything yet though.


33 posted on 04/10/2007 1:29:04 PM PDT by perfect_rovian_storm
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To: Petronski

“Obviously, keeping control of the Senate is very important. I don’t like the sound of ‘Chairman Kennedy.’”

The money quote.

Wait for Fred to similarly be attacked because he’d rather have a damaged Clinton than a “President Gore.”


34 posted on 04/10/2007 1:30:25 PM PDT by MeanWestTexan (Kol Hakavod Lezahal)
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To: areafiftyone

Ping


35 posted on 04/10/2007 1:31:31 PM PDT by Peach (Not banned yet. Too bad. So sad.)
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To: perfect_rovian_storm
A quick comparo:

THE 1994 CAMPAIGN: THE CAMPAIGN Endorsement? Pataki Seeks Other Topics

By KEVIN SACK
Published: October 26, 1994

Campaigning in the heart of Giuliani country, State Senator George E. Pataki worked hard yesterday to change the subject from Gov. Mario M. Cuomo’s newest strength — his endorsement by Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani — to one of his oldest vulnerabilities — his passionate opposition to the death penalty.

36 posted on 04/10/2007 1:31:43 PM PDT by Petronski (Ruditude is poisonous.)
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To: everyone

The Senate is a club. It shouldn’t be, but it is.

Yes, Chafee sucked, and no Republican should have supported him at least in the primary. But we cannot afford to be nitpicking our candidates, and presidential candidates, to death. On the list of political sins, support for a former colleague, however inadvisable, doesn’t rank very high.


37 posted on 04/10/2007 1:31:56 PM PDT by California Patriot ("That's not Charley the Tuna out there. It's Jaws." -- Richard Nixon)
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To: perfect_rovian_storm
I imagine Team Rudy made sure he hadn't campaigned for Chaffee before running with this talking point.

But yet again, their boomerang missed Fred and returned to clock Rudy upside his head. Rudy supported Cuomo over Pataki in 1994. So he and his minions look like fools for bashing Fred's party loyalty from 2006.

I despise Chaffee. But if he had won, Harry Reid would still be minority leader.

38 posted on 04/10/2007 1:32:23 PM PDT by dirtboy (Duncan Hunter 08/But Fred would also be great)
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To: perfect_rovian_storm

I am not a Thompson supporter but I certainly give him credit for getting it! Now we have Chairman Leahy and I will never forgive the loudmouths on our side who thought it would be a great idea to punish certain so called RINO’s by kicking them out of office.

Thanks for nothing, and I’m sure the troops thank you too.

I do thank Fred Thompson for doing the right thing.


39 posted on 04/10/2007 1:32:57 PM PDT by OldFriend
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To: Peach

Thanks for the ping Peach. Well Well Well and this is from a very conservative website!


40 posted on 04/10/2007 1:33:05 PM PDT by areafiftyone (RUDY GIULIANI 2008 - STRENGTH AND LEADERSHIP)
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To: perfect_rovian_storm
He supported Chafee? That’s pretty bad. I’ll only forgive him if he runs.
41 posted on 04/10/2007 1:33:52 PM PDT by edsheppa
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To: Pistolshot
Problem for them is they hold a weak hand going in, and it only gets worse when Thompson does get in.

One of the biggest problems is that they're attacking and drawing attention to a man who isn't even running yet, which has the dual effect of making them look silly and giving Fred free publicity.

42 posted on 04/10/2007 1:33:55 PM PDT by The Blitherer ("What the devil is keeping the Yanks?")
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To: OldFriend
I do thank Fred Thompson for doing the right thing.

You get it, to your credit.

Who the heck in the Rudy camp dreamed up this line of attack on Fred?

43 posted on 04/10/2007 1:36:47 PM PDT by dirtboy (Duncan Hunter 08/But Fred would also be great)
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To: dirtboy

Ask Pat Robertson. Its’ his website!


44 posted on 04/10/2007 1:37:20 PM PDT by areafiftyone (RUDY GIULIANI 2008 - STRENGTH AND LEADERSHIP)
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To: OldFriend
Thanks for nothing, and I’m sure the troops thank you too.

I think both sides of this issue need to hold off a few more years before getting so worked up. If voting out RINO's has the ultimate effect of returning the Republican party to it's conservative roots, then in the long run we will see it as a positive, not the negative it appears to be now. I don't know if that will be the case, but the vitriolic finger-pointing should be held off a least until the next election results are in.

45 posted on 04/10/2007 1:37:51 PM PDT by The Blitherer ("What the devil is keeping the Yanks?")
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To: areafiftyone
Ask Pat Robertson. Its’ his website!

Heck, you've been pushing that idiotic talking point yourself.

46 posted on 04/10/2007 1:39:04 PM PDT by dirtboy (Duncan Hunter 08/But Fred would also be great)
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To: perfect_rovian_storm

Didn’t do ‘ol Linc’ much good though, did it??


47 posted on 04/10/2007 1:40:20 PM PDT by Bean Counter (Stout Hearts...)
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To: perfect_rovian_storm

Well doine, Fred. I agree that Chairman Kennedy sounds far worse than any Rep Chairman. We now also have Chairman Leahy and Chairman Biden and Chairman Levin. Run Fred Run.


48 posted on 04/10/2007 1:42:08 PM PDT by kabar
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To: dirtboy

I did get it from this site. But I did not post this as Its’ own thread because it only incites the FREDHEADS to riot! I figured no one would post it. I guess I was wrong. This came out today in the blogsphere! LOL!


49 posted on 04/10/2007 1:42:21 PM PDT by areafiftyone (RUDY GIULIANI 2008 - STRENGTH AND LEADERSHIP)
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To: perfect_rovian_storm

No one (who’s electable) is gonna be all things to all people. Ideally Fred would have quietly supported Chafee’s GOP primary opponent, sure, or kept mum. IDEALLY. And ideally Fred wouldn’t have endorsed McCain in 2000 and voted for McCain=Feingold. But at worst, I’m seeing Thompson at about 75% agreement with me. That’s not too bad.


50 posted on 04/10/2007 1:44:18 PM PDT by pogo101
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