Skip to comments.Thompson Speaks to Young Republicans - Predicts 2008 Win (WITH VIDEO)
Posted on 07/07/2007 11:47:08 AM PDT by STARWISE
HOLLYWOOD - Republican Senator Fred Thompson spoke to the Young Republicans Saturday and hinted a run for the presidency, but did not make an announcement.
He said he is raising seed money and getting people together.
Well be making a decision in the not too distant future, he said.
Speaking of the 2008 elections, he said well win this next election, like so many we have before.
Thompson thanked the Young Republicans for their support, noting that he started a chapter of the group as a young man after reading Conscience of a Conservative, by Barry Goldwater.
Thompson said in his remarks that he is tired of having to apologize for the United States of America around the world, and tired of peoples perceptions that the country has anything to apologize for.
Although Thompson has not officially announced his run for the presidency, he already has one high profile backer: Mary Matalin, a prominent GOP strategist and aide to Vice President Dick Cheney. She said she supports Thompson because of his core conservative values, and said she was encouraged to see so many Fred-heads among the Young Republican
Sounds like whistling past the graveyard to me. The American public (rightly or wrongly) is fed up with Iraq. The conservative base is fed up with being spit on by our so-called leaders in DC. The GOP is toast for 2008. Might as well send up a loser like Bob Dole as a sacrificial lamb and concentrate on winning Congress back in 2010. After 2 years of Hillary’s Stalinist presidency, the sheeple might want real conservatives back, if we can find any.
Oh you, of little faith and optimism.
Defeatism apparently isn’t confined to Democrats.
Did your prescription run out?
“tired of having to apologize for the United States of America around the world, and tired of peoples perceptions that the country has anything to apologize for.”
fRed Dawn: Wednesday, 5 November 2008
We might as well close down Free Republic until 2010 too. I can’t believe I even got out of be this morning.
LOL! .....catchy, too.
....lets' make it happen. :)
I believe Reid and Pelosi have got you right where they want you.
Fred will slay the Hildabeast.
Run, Fred, Run'-- but no announcement
Jul 7, 2007 | 11:16 AM
Fred Thompson has come and gone from the YRNC, but this place was crazy while he was here. He didn't stay long-- speaking to YRs for about 10 minutes. However, with all the media and folks who wanted to take pictures, shake hands, and just get a glimpse of him, it took about 20 minutes for him to get out of the Grand Ballroom, where the event was being held.
The YRs were thrilled to welcome Thompson, and from the sound of the applause, he didn't disappoint. They chanted his name when he came in the door, and by the time he left, they were chanting, 'Run Fred, run!' But, while he hinted at a run for the White House during his speech, he didn't make an official announcement. Instead, he said that he and the YRs will "join that fight together", referring to his desire to bring control back to the Republican party.
You can watch the entire Thompson speech from the convention right here on MyFox-- just click on our special convention coverage page-- , and also check out the load of pictures I took this morning. They're posted here on my blog.
Right now, the YRs are in a huge meeting (closed to the media) where they'll remain for about the next four hours. They're holding internal elections, making resolutions, and other official business. Still to come today is a dinner with presidential candidate Mitt Romney, a presidential straw poll, and an appearance by Florida Governor Charlie Crist. Check back to find out more about that later in the day...
11:35 am: Fred's in the building
Jul 7, 2007 | 9:35 AM
Right now, Mary Matalin is speaking to the YRs.. but I've just been told that Fred Thompson is in the building. The room is packed, and they're all waiting patiently for his appearance. Matalin has already told the YRs about her marriage to Democrat James Carville, how she manages being a mom and having a political career, and what she thinks the YRs can do for the 2008 candidates
Few YRs are saying who they're supporting, but today many are sporting those 'FRED' stickers and buttons you may have seen. Should be an exciting speech.
Better run-- I see our guest of honor down the hall!
Saturday's a buzz at the YRNC
Jul 7, 2007 | 8:51 AM
It's only 10:50 a.m., but the YRs are already packed into the Grand Ballroom at the Westin Diplomat Resort for a surprise guest.... but he's not a surprise to us. The plan for this morning was supposed to be Mary Matalin, who would be appearing on behalf of Fred Thompson... but now, we know we'll be hearing from none other than Fred Thompson himself.
His speech will start at 11:00, and you can watch it right here on MyFox. Just go to our Young Republicans convention coverage page.
What does Thompson have to say to the YRs? Who knows. But I will say, the room is packed with media.
Check back for more on the Fred Thompson buzz...
Friday afternoon at the YRNC
Jul 6, 2007 | 2:48 PM
Day two of the convention got off to a late start for some of the YRs... I presume it was those for those who showed up to the luncheon with Congressman Duncan Hunter wearing sunglasses. The big event last night was the South Beach outing, and word has it that the party was hoppin' until well after 3 a..m.
If you've ever wondered what YRs eat for lunch, I have your answer: steak. That's what they had today anyway, courtesy of Duncan Hunter's campaign for president. He spoke to them about who he is, where he comes from, and what he believes is important to Americans-- and especially to YRs.
Afterwards, I chatted with a bunch of YRs who said they were impressed by the things he had to say, and so was I, when I interviewed him live on the web! You can watch part of that video on MyFoxTampaBay.com.
I also spoke with a bunch of folks who are just attending the convention... and they say they're feeling inspired just by being here. Many of them know each other, and it's also a chance for them to get together and network-- which is something they do well. But, what are they really doing at 4:45 in the afternoon on Friday? Beach volleyball. I guess it's just like the old saying goes.. when in Florida, do as the Floridians do!
All of the official events for the YRNC are wrapping up for today, but tonight there a host of parties and dinners for the various groups. I've been told that YRs from each state hold their own individual dinners in various restaurants in the area.. and I've been invited to join them, so I'll report back on how that goes.
Tomorrow's agenda looks to be much more exciting. The buzz around here? A surprise guest who's making an appearance. I'll give you a hint: he's doing well in the polls, but he's not even officially declared his candidacy. YET.
I've just been invited to join at table of YRs for the inside scoop here by the pool. More from me later....
The first event of the convention: a luncheon with GOPAC chairman Michael Steele.
Great to see the numbers of engaged young Pubbies.
“The GOP is toast for 2008. “
I don’t think so, I think Fred walks over Hillary like a dirty rug. People like normal people, not raving harpy nutbags.
The senate and house are tougher, but at least the base has its bearings back now after having killed the immigration bill.
Thompson will do well with young republicans for all the wrong reasons. But hey, we take what we can get. They will be impressed with his movies and TV show. Thompson’s resume is his resume. I see no difference in voting for Hillary because she is a woman and voting for Thompson because he is a movie actor.
Perhaps we will see a final ‘08 GOP Presidential ticket of Fred Thompson/Michael Steele once the Republican convention is over. There are many decent ‘08 GOP Presidential ticket possibilities, and I’m still hoping for a final GOP Presidential ticket of either Fred Thompson/Duncan Hunter or Duncan Hunter/Fred Thompson.
” see no difference in voting for Hillary because she is a woman and voting for Thompson because he is a movie actor.”
So if we vote for a man, its because he’s a man, nothing else? And if a person happens to be a movie actor, that is the only reason s/he is voted for?
Discernment is a great trait .. ;)
My husband was telling me about a radio program he was listening to where all these under 25 voters were asked how they were going to vote. They all said they were going to vote for Hillary. Their reason? She is a woman. When they were asked specifics about her performance as Senator none of them could answer.
The feedback I have heard about Thompson (from the younger crowd) is that he is cool because of his movies.
My point was that both reasons are wrong reasons. But one is not worse than the other.
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