Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Hire puts [Iowa Caucus] run closer for Fred Thompson
The Altoona Herald (Iowa) ^ | June 26, 2007 | THOMAS BEAUMONT

Posted on 06/26/2007 11:44:34 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

Former Sen. Fred Thompson has taken his first step toward organizing a campaign for Iowa's leadoff presidential nominating caucuses by hiring a top Iowa Republican campaign staff member, aides to Thompson confirmed Monday.

Thompson has signed Andrew Dorr to serve as his Midwest political director should the actor and Tennessee Republican run for the Republican presidential nomination in 2008.

"This is the kind of stellar team Senator Thompson is attracting as he continues to move forward in his determinations," Thompson spokesman Mark Corallo said. "It means Senator Thompson will be ready, should he decide to run, and will have the right team in place to be successful when it's time to go to the caucuses."

Dorr most recently worked as 2006 GOP gubernatorial nominee Jim Nussle's political director, having started in Iowa caucus politics in 2000 for then-Gov. George W. Bush. Dorr, 28, later worked for Bush's re-election campaign as deputy Midwest political director, concentrating on Iowa.

Thompson is expected to announce his plans in the coming weeks. This month he formed an organization that allows him to raise money to hire staff and travel as he decides whether to join the crowded 2008 GOP candidate field.

He has not decided yet whether he will participate in the Ames straw poll, a high-profile Iowa GOP fundraiser set for mid-August.

Details for the event are taking shape while state party officials await word from Thompson.

Iowa Republican Party officials have set the speaking order and determined where each of the eight candidates planning to attend the party fundraising event will pitch their tents around Iowa State University's Hilton Coliseum on Aug. 11.

Thompson was not represented at a meeting in Des Moines last week where the presidential campaigns planning to attend the Ames event were assigned their spots, officials said.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who has been the most aggressive about organizing for the fundraiser, will start the series of 20-minute speeches at 12:30 p.m.

Romney will be followed by U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo of Colorado, Chicago businessman John Cox, U.S. Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter of California, former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson and Sen. Sam Brownback of Kansas.

The eight have committed at least $15,000 each to reserve space to feed and entertain their supporters and other activists.

Individual tickets cost $35 and allow holders to vote at one of dozens of voting machines set up in and around Hilton.

In the past, campaigns have bought blocks of tickets and often bused their supporters to the event.

Earlier this month, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani said he would not prepare for the costly straw poll arrangements, and Sen. John McCain of Arizona abandoned his plans to compete in the straw poll. Their names will still be on the ballot.

Giuliani's and McCain's decisions have thrown into question the significance of the Ames event to the 2008 presidential nomination race. The event has become a traditional first test of Republican candidates' strength in Iowa, the leadoff caucus state.

Chuck Laudner, executive director of the Iowa Republican Party, said Fred Thompson would be inserted into the speaking lineup should he decide to participate in the straw poll.

"If Fred gets in or the others change their mind, they'll get put in the middle," Laudner said. "The others don't want to wait on planning their day."


TOPICS: Extended News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Iowa
KEYWORDS: andrewdorr; elections; fredthompson; gop; ia2008; republicans
Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-5051-100101-113 next last
More good news.
1 posted on 06/26/2007 11:44:37 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: 2ndDivisionVet
The six stages of anti-Fred Hysteria:

1. It's too late for him to run.
2. He can't raise enough money.
3. He's bald, women don't like bald.
4. He's only polling well because people don't know him.
5. He can't beat Hillary.
6. Hello, Mr. President.

2 posted on 06/26/2007 11:51:32 AM PDT by Always Right
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: 2ndDivisionVet

Fred has no chance in Iowa. Romney has control on the ground.


3 posted on 06/26/2007 11:52:08 AM PDT by jbonham76
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Always Right
5. He can't beat Hillary.
6. Hello, Mr. President.

Good list, but you forgot one between 5 and 6:

5.1- He stole the election!

4 posted on 06/26/2007 11:53:58 AM PDT by The Blitherer (What would a Free Man do?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: jbonham76
Fred has no chance in Iowa. Romney has control on the ground.

But Fred controls the air.

5 posted on 06/26/2007 11:55:24 AM PDT by Always Right
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: jbonham76
Fred has no chance in Iowa. Romney has control on the ground.

This is a very, VERY dangerous tactic Romney is using by basically claiming he's already won the straw poll. If he doesn't win, his campaign is over. If he doesn't beat Fred by a large margin, it's almost as bad a losing.

6 posted on 06/26/2007 11:56:14 AM PDT by The Blitherer (What would a Free Man do?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: Always Right

He also has no chance in NH.


7 posted on 06/26/2007 11:57:02 AM PDT by jbonham76
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: Always Right

LOL!!! And correct.


8 posted on 06/26/2007 11:57:15 AM PDT by RockinRight (Fear the Fred.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: jbonham76
Fred has no chance in Iowa. Romney has control on the ground.

You couldn't tell by polling numbers. Romney has less than a 10-point lead (after leading by over 15 points earlier) despite the mountains of cash he's spent there.

9 posted on 06/26/2007 11:57:23 AM PDT by kevkrom ("Government is too important to leave up to the government" - Fred Dalton Thompson)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: jbonham76

It’s not a tactic, it’s just reality.

Have you been to Iowa? I don’t think Fred could even rent a bus their if he wanted to.


10 posted on 06/26/2007 11:58:14 AM PDT by jbonham76
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: jbonham76

NH is Romney’s, plain and simple. Rudy wouldn’t even have had a shot there. Partly because half the people in Mass who voted for Romney for Governor have since moved to NH.

Iowa is winnable for Fred.


11 posted on 06/26/2007 11:58:17 AM PDT by RockinRight (Fear the Fred.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: Always Right
But Fred controls the air.

lol, and the...um...metaphoric seas as well!

12 posted on 06/26/2007 11:58:17 AM PDT by The Blitherer (What would a Free Man do?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: jbonham76
I don’t think Fred could even rent a bus their if he wanted to.

What's that mean?

13 posted on 06/26/2007 11:58:54 AM PDT by perfect_rovian_storm (<---- is vacationing from gnats)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

To: perfect_rovian_storm
What's that mean?

It's a hyperbolic pre-emptive declaration of victory.

Seems that way to me, at least.

:-)

14 posted on 06/26/2007 12:00:19 PM PDT by The Blitherer (What would a Free Man do?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 13 | View Replies]

To: jbonham76

The same New Hampshire who picked Pat Buchanan awhile back BWAAAAAHAHAHA.


15 posted on 06/26/2007 12:00:37 PM PDT by traderrob6
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: jbonham76
He also has no chance in NH.

And Romney has no chance in NC, SC, FL, and CA. Which state on either of those two lists affords the least number of delegates?

16 posted on 06/26/2007 12:00:41 PM PDT by kevkrom ("Government is too important to leave up to the government" - Fred Dalton Thompson)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: jbonham76
He also has no chance in NH.

Thank goodness. I don't want a candidate who can win Mass. or NH.

17 posted on 06/26/2007 12:01:10 PM PDT by Always Right
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: RockinRight

Fred has no chance in Iowa. I spent the last weekend there. Trust me. Caucus goers and STraw Poll attendees are the same people who want to meet a candidate in person. A satellite feed of your family and a nice post at Fredstate won’t win it for you.

Fred has no game, and there is no game left to get.

His big Iowa grab is a staffer guy from a loosing governatorial run? You think that’s something to brag about?


18 posted on 06/26/2007 12:01:43 PM PDT by jbonham76
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: jbonham76
I spent the last weekend there.

Lol, I smell a Romney campaign activist!

19 posted on 06/26/2007 12:02:23 PM PDT by The Blitherer (What would a Free Man do?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 18 | View Replies]

To: jbonham76

Doesn’t matter anyway. Fred will win both Carolinas, Florida, and California.


20 posted on 06/26/2007 12:02:58 PM PDT by RockinRight (Fear the Fred.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 18 | View Replies]

To: Always Right

“Thank goodness. I don’t want a candidate who can win Mass. or NH”

Yeah Regan was such a crappy candidate.


21 posted on 06/26/2007 12:03:03 PM PDT by jbonham76
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 17 | View Replies]

To: The Blitherer

A new Willardian Troll in our midst!


22 posted on 06/26/2007 12:03:33 PM PDT by perfect_rovian_storm (<---- is vacationing from gnats)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 19 | View Replies]

To: jbonham76
His big Iowa grab is a staffer guy from a loosing governatorial run?

His "big Iowa grab" was the assistant director for the midwest from a winning Presidential campaign.

23 posted on 06/26/2007 12:03:42 PM PDT by kevkrom ("Government is too important to leave up to the government" - Fred Dalton Thompson)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 18 | View Replies]

To: RockinRight

“Iowa is winnable for Fred.”

He is definately within striking distamce.

Mason Dixon

Romney 25%
Thompson 17%
Giuliani 15%
McCain 6%


24 posted on 06/26/2007 12:04:30 PM PDT by traderrob6
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: The Blitherer

LOL! I smell someone who can’t defend their candidates inability to win in Iowa!


25 posted on 06/26/2007 12:04:33 PM PDT by jbonham76
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 19 | View Replies]

To: kevkrom

Yeah, but Mitt has nicer hair!


26 posted on 06/26/2007 12:04:47 PM PDT by perfect_rovian_storm (<---- is vacationing from gnats)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 23 | View Replies]

To: Always Right

I LOVE this!!! Hilarious:)


27 posted on 06/26/2007 12:05:20 PM PDT by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet -Fred'08)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: jbonham76

Straw Poll != Caucus


28 posted on 06/26/2007 12:06:34 PM PDT by GCC Catholic (Sour grapes make terrible whine.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 25 | View Replies]

To: jbonham76
I smell someone who can’t defend their candidates inability to win in Iowa!

Oh, sorry. I was unaware Fred had lost Iowa. Silly me, I thought that's what the poll was for.

29 posted on 06/26/2007 12:07:00 PM PDT by The Blitherer (What would a Free Man do?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 25 | View Replies]

To: jbonham76

Time will tell.


30 posted on 06/26/2007 12:07:03 PM PDT by perfect_rovian_storm (<---- is vacationing from gnats)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 25 | View Replies]

To: perfect_rovian_storm
Yeah, but Mitt has nicer hair!

Maybe Mitt's hair and Edwards' hair will abandon their masters and run on the Unity '08 ticket, edging out Bloomberg.

31 posted on 06/26/2007 12:07:07 PM PDT by kevkrom ("Government is too important to leave up to the government" - Fred Dalton Thompson)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 26 | View Replies]

To: traderrob6

“Iowa is winnable for Fred.”

If Romney drops out and fred comes down from the perch you and I call the internet.


32 posted on 06/26/2007 12:07:42 PM PDT by jbonham76
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 24 | View Replies]

To: jbonham76

A whole weekend- wow, that makes you an expert all right.

I’m here full time and if Fred gets in the straw poll I will go and vote for him. If not the whole thing will be meaningless because without Fred, Mc Lame, and the NY lib Romney will have no real competition.

But regardless Fred still can win the caucus in January.


33 posted on 06/26/2007 12:08:31 PM PDT by Iowegian
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 18 | View Replies]

To: jbonham76

Something comes to mind here...something about counting chickens before they’ve hatched...


34 posted on 06/26/2007 12:08:54 PM PDT by perfect_rovian_storm (<---- is vacationing from gnats)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 32 | View Replies]

To: perfect_rovian_storm

I wonder if Romney is paying him to post on this site?


35 posted on 06/26/2007 12:08:58 PM PDT by The Blitherer (What would a Free Man do?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 22 | View Replies]

To: The Blitherer
Oh, sorry. I was unaware Fred had lost Iowa. Silly me, I thought that's what the poll was for.

Didn't say he lost, just that winning a caucus in Iowa is not possible for Fred.
36 posted on 06/26/2007 12:09:29 PM PDT by jbonham76
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 29 | View Replies]

To: Iowegian; jbonham76

He must have stayed at a Holiday Inn Express for the WHOLE weekend!


37 posted on 06/26/2007 12:09:40 PM PDT by perfect_rovian_storm (<---- is vacationing from gnats)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 33 | View Replies]

To: jbonham76
Ah... the "too lazy to campaign" canard.

You know, be careful what you ask for. If Thompson is doing this well when he's "not campaigning" (despite going all over the country, plus foreign visits, and issuing nearly daily political commentaries), imagine how well he'll do once he starts.

38 posted on 06/26/2007 12:09:42 PM PDT by kevkrom ("Government is too important to leave up to the government" - Fred Dalton Thompson)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 32 | View Replies]

To: jbonham76

Reagan won virtually every state. That is not happening this time.


39 posted on 06/26/2007 12:10:02 PM PDT by Always Right
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 21 | View Replies]

To: jbonham76
Fred has no chance in Iowa. Romney has control on the ground.

Only until Fred stomps into the state.

40 posted on 06/26/2007 12:10:07 PM PDT by dirtboy (Impeach Chertoff and Gonzales. We can't wait until 2009 for them to be gone.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: kevkrom
And Romney has no chance in NC, SC, FL, and CA. Which state on either of those two lists affords the least number of delegates?

"No chance" in California might be a wee bit of a stretch.

California GOP 2008 Presidential Poll June 2007

Romney - 32.3% (10.5)
Giuliani - 14.7% (40.9)
Hunter - 11.0% (5.9)
Tancredo - 5.9% (3.9)
McCain - 5.4% (17.4)
F Thompson - 4.9% (-)
Huckabee - 3.1% (3.1)
Paul - 3.1% (2.1)
T Thompson - 3.1% (1.5)
Brownback - 2.1% (3.8)
Gilmore - 0.7% (0.4)
Undecided - 17.0% (12.4)

Survey was conducted June 6-11 of 572 Republican voters, and has an MoE of 4.1%.

http://www.datamar.net/pdf/CRPP061407.pdf
41 posted on 06/26/2007 12:11:55 PM PDT by elizabetty (Perpetual Candidate using campaign donations for your salary - Its a good gig if you can get it.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 16 | View Replies]

To: Always Right
Reagan won virtually every state. That is not happening this time.

Oh, it might. If Romney loses Iowa and McCain and Guiliani continue to crater, Thompson could conceivably win virtually every primary.

42 posted on 06/26/2007 12:12:12 PM PDT by kevkrom ("Government is too important to leave up to the government" - Fred Dalton Thompson)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 39 | View Replies]

To: The Blitherer
I wonder if Romney is paying him to post on this site?

Of course! someone doesn't like Fred? He must be paid.

You won't get your candidate far with those types of defenses.
43 posted on 06/26/2007 12:12:21 PM PDT by jbonham76
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 35 | View Replies]

To: kevkrom

Running on a Border Security/Leave-In Conditioner platform, no doubt! Could be formidable!


44 posted on 06/26/2007 12:12:47 PM PDT by perfect_rovian_storm (<---- is vacationing from gnats)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 31 | View Replies]

To: jbonham76

We have a lot of time until the caucus.


45 posted on 06/26/2007 12:13:10 PM PDT by RockinRight (Fear the Fred.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 43 | View Replies]

To: dirtboy
Only until Fred stomps into the state.

You mean shuffle.
46 posted on 06/26/2007 12:13:57 PM PDT by jbonham76
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 40 | View Replies]

To: jbonham76

You didn’t deny it.


47 posted on 06/26/2007 12:14:04 PM PDT by The Blitherer (What would a Free Man do?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 43 | View Replies]

To: elizabetty
"No chance" in California might be a wee bit of a stretch.

Outlier -- the numbers are so out of whack with both national averages and other California polls that it has to be a clunker. Two more reputable polls have Romney in a distant 4th, behind Guiliani (1st/1st), Thompson (t-2nd/2nd), and McCain (t-2nd/3rd).

48 posted on 06/26/2007 12:14:39 PM PDT by kevkrom ("Government is too important to leave up to the government" - Fred Dalton Thompson)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 41 | View Replies]

To: jbonham76
Fred has no chance in Iowa.

We'll see. ;)

49 posted on 06/26/2007 12:15:02 PM PDT by MEGoody (Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 18 | View Replies]

To: jbonham76
Didn't say he lost, just that winning a caucus in Iowa is not possible for Fred.

It is quite possible.

50 posted on 06/26/2007 12:15:44 PM PDT by Always Right
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 36 | View Replies]


Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-5051-100101-113 next last

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson