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Zach Wamp: Fred Thompson Must Announce Soon
newsmax.com ^ | July 31, 2007 | Zach Wamp

Posted on 07/31/2007 4:42:11 PM PDT by kellynla

Republican Fred Thompson needs to say in August if he is running for president because he has enjoyed about all the benefits he can expect from being a noncandidate, a key backer said on Tuesday.

The Hollywood actor turned White House contender announced he had raised more than $3.4 million in June -- less than the predicted $5 million -- for his presidential campaign-in-waiting, amid some concerns he has waited too long.

"The level of support and enthusiasm from people across this country is inspiring," said a statement from Thompson, who said donations came from 9,167 people from all 50 states.

Thompson's testing-the-waters phase has gone far beyond his original plans for a July 4 announcement and his candidacy to be the Republican nominee in the November 2008 election is now expected in September.

Tennessee Republican Rep. Zach Wamp, a key supporter of the 6-foot-6 conservative many Republicans are hoping will fill a void, said a September announcement speech by Thompson would be fine, but that the former U.S. senator from Tennessee needs to definitively say in August that he is a candidate.

He said Thompson is "approaching the apex of the benefits of being a noncandidate."

"His strategy and the use of noncandidate status has worked very much to his advantage to this point," Wamp said. "I believe we're approaching the point at which he needs to be a candidate -- I mean full-blown, 'I am running for president,' no holds barred."

Wamp said once Thompson says he is a candidate, the movie and television actor will be able to raise more money and pick up more endorsements from members of Congress beyond the two dozen Wamp has corralled for him.

"I've got horses in the gate like the Kentucky Derby and they've been there for a while. Horses in the gate are restless creatures. They've been stammerin' and snortin' and I don't want them spittin'," Wamp said.

Thompson's campaign, in announcing a staff shake-up last week, said it was preparing "to move on to another phase."

Despite the delays, he has done relatively well in national public opinion polls, often placing second to former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani.

Fergus Cullen, chairman of the Republican Party in the early voting state of New Hampshire, said "it's not too late" for Thompson to enter the race, but noted it had been four weeks since the star of the hit U.S. "Law & Order" television show had last visited New Hampshire.

"I guess I'm surprised by it," he said.

With the New Hampshire primary expected to be in January, only five months away, Cullen said "at some point your elected officials and people who give endorsements and give a candidate credibility commit to another candidate."

An average of recent polls by realclearpolitics.com shows Thompson in a seemingly strong position, running in second place with 19.8 percent support behind Giuliani at 25.5 percent and ahead of Arizona Sen. John McCain at 13.5 percent and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney at 10 percent.

Republican strategist and pollster Tony Fabrizio said he did not know whether the 64-year-old Republican who retired from the Senate in 2003 after serving eight years had waited too long.

But "every day that goes by where you're not in the race is a lost fund-raising opportunity, a lost recruitment opportunity, a lost definitional opportunity, and your opponents get to continue their strategies unfettered," Fabrizio said.

"I know that it takes time to put together a presidential campaign. But he has a problem now. The problem is the expectations have been raised so much by them, given the lead time they have taken to get into the race, that any missteps or any fumbles out of the gates are going to be magnified more than in a normal start-up," he added.

Truman Bean, author of a popular blog called "Tennesseans for Thompson," said grass-roots supporters are getting impatient but a September announcement would be fine.

"It's just a matter of time until it gets going full throttle," Bean said.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Editorial; Government; Politics/Elections; US: Tennessee; US: Virginia
KEYWORDS: electionpresident; elections; fredthompson; gop; republicans; runfredrun; whitehouse; zachwamp

1 posted on 07/31/2007 4:42:12 PM PDT by kellynla
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To: kellynla

The DNC is already putting out DNC talking points news releases against Thompson. Oddly, it looks like they got them from Pissant.


2 posted on 07/31/2007 4:45:19 PM PDT by Always Right
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To: Always Right

I have to agree that the time is now, or very soon. Let’s get on with it already. This game is starting to get very old. And I like Fred Thompson and donated to his pre-campaign.


3 posted on 07/31/2007 4:49:25 PM PDT by GnL
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To: kellynla

Zach Wamp!!!!


4 posted on 07/31/2007 4:49:45 PM PDT by ontap (Just another backstabbing conservative)
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To: Always Right; pissant

Now that right there is the good stuff.

Pissant, you old crusty bastard, you’ve been nailed but good.


5 posted on 07/31/2007 4:49:53 PM PDT by Stallone (War with Iran - While Bush is President and Troops are Present.)
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To: Stallone

Yeah, there have been a bunch of wadded panties round here lately.


6 posted on 07/31/2007 4:51:06 PM PDT by pissant (Duncan Hunter: Warrior, Statesman, Conservative)
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To: pissant

Question:

Would you be willing to support a Thompson-Hunter ticket, should it come to pass?


7 posted on 07/31/2007 4:52:01 PM PDT by Stallone (War with Iran - While Bush is President and Troops are Present.)
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To: kellynla

“October Surprise” coming soon to a Theater near you!!!!!!......


8 posted on 07/31/2007 4:56:37 PM PDT by GitmoSailor (AZ Cold War Vet===Fairness Doctrine for TV First!!!!!.....I'Am With Fred)
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To: Stallone

Yes. And a Romney-Hunter. A Thompson-Romney. A Romney- Thompson. A T.Thompson-F. Thompson and vice versa, etc. Basically any combination of Tancredo, Hunter, T. Thompson, F. Thompson, Romney, Huckabee. McCain and Rudy would be hard to include.


9 posted on 07/31/2007 5:02:01 PM PDT by pissant (Duncan Hunter: Warrior, Statesman, Conservative)
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To: kellynla

In the movie, “Mars Attacks” a spoof on 50’s and 60’s sci fi thrillers, the Martians were beaten by Slim Whitman’s yodeling of “Indian Love Call” it made the Martian heads explode. Fred, can announce using this song to make Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi’s explode? It would make great “Video at 11 o’clock.”


10 posted on 07/31/2007 5:02:56 PM PDT by lexington minuteman 1775
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To: pissant

I would agree.

My big three is Thompson/Romney/Hunter.

We could change the world.


11 posted on 07/31/2007 5:04:41 PM PDT by Stallone (War with Iran - While Bush is President and Troops are Present.)
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To: kellynla

Does Fred have to be a lemming just because everybody else jumps in to early?


12 posted on 07/31/2007 5:06:06 PM PDT by MaxMax (God Bless America)
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To: kellynla

What a load of hooey. Fred needn’t enter until the deadline


13 posted on 07/31/2007 5:18:03 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: kellynla

Zach Wamp is my congressman..

:)


14 posted on 07/31/2007 6:19:07 PM PDT by Tennessee Nana
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To: kellynla
less than the predicted $5 million --

Who made a prediction of $5 Million. It was for 26 day's, The spin , the spin!!

15 posted on 07/31/2007 6:19:09 PM PDT by org.whodat (What's the difference between a Democrat and a republican????)
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To: kellynla

Thompson is in fine shape...we supporters will wait. He is the best and worth waiting for....


16 posted on 07/31/2007 7:11:06 PM PDT by Gopher Broke (Run Fred, Run http://www.imwithfred.com/)
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To: kellynla; pissant

He has been awaiting another innoculation.

He’s gotten past the:

no Senate standout record
wife & personal stuff
pro-life lobbying
Campaign finance snag

There’s another innoculation out there or he would have announced. Wonder what it is?


17 posted on 07/31/2007 7:15:30 PM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain And Proud of It! Those who support the troops will pray for them to WIN!)
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To: xzins

Not sure, but you could do alot worse than not announcing and be in 2nd place in the polls. We shall see what transpires.


18 posted on 07/31/2007 7:16:39 PM PDT by pissant (Duncan Hunter: Warrior, Statesman, Conservative)
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To: pissant

Spencer Abraham and his health, in that order.

I see him as a solid #2 on the GOP ticket. He’ll do well, certainly - just would like to see a little more out of him.

And let’s not forget the Greenbacks.


19 posted on 07/31/2007 7:19:58 PM PDT by IslandJeff (Jeremiah 2:14-22)
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To: pissant

I’m a Duncan Hunter guy first, but Fred’s my #2 choice. I just feel there’s some other shoe that has to drop, and they’re waiting for a Tsunami, Hurricane, or the September Iraq Report from Petraeus to let it drop, so that it’ll get short mention during a busy news cycle.

Just my sense, but I agree that being tied for first or #2 isn’t bad.


20 posted on 07/31/2007 7:21:14 PM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain And Proud of It! Those who support the troops will pray for them to WIN!)
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To: IslandJeff

Spence went from co-campaign manager to errand boy in a hurry, din’t he? LOL


21 posted on 07/31/2007 7:31:41 PM PDT by pissant (Duncan Hunter: Warrior, Statesman, Conservative)
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To: xzins

I don’t claim to know the strategy. But it will blamed for him losing this thing, I’m guessing, at some point.


22 posted on 07/31/2007 7:40:13 PM PDT by pissant (Duncan Hunter: Warrior, Statesman, Conservative)
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To: pissant
Spence went from co-campaign manager to errand boy in a hurry, din’t he? LOL

I'd never read that Spencer Abraham was co-campaign manaager except in those articles that were trying to bash Fred by bashing Spencer. I'd only read that they'd brought him on to connect with folks in Washington, since Spencer had been active there more recently than Fred. Some guy from Florida is going to be Fred's campign manager.

23 posted on 07/31/2007 7:52:07 PM PDT by SuziQ
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To: SuziQ; pissant

http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/pages/rosnerBlog.jhtml?itemNo=887435&contrassID=25&subContrassID=0&sbSubContrassID=1&listSrc=Y&art=1

Assertion mine, not Pissant’s.


24 posted on 07/31/2007 7:59:11 PM PDT by IslandJeff (Jeremiah 2:14-22)
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To: kellynla
With the New Hampshire primary expected to be in January, only five months away, Cullen said "at some point your elected officials and people who give endorsements and give a candidate credibility commit to another candidate."

That's the problem. There are actually only five more months for Thompson and the other candidates to campaign in the primaries, given the sudden death system we've backed ourselves into since 1980. In 1980 the primaries and caucuses ran from January to June, finishing off with the great, climactic California battle. Then it was immediately on the conventions. Now the primary season is actually advanced by about six moths because the primaries will all be over by the end of March. Thus, we are actually at the beginning of the main primary campaigning season, which will end by the end of March. Fred needs to get in and get he kinks worked out of his campaign.

25 posted on 08/01/2007 6:45:44 AM PDT by libstripper
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26 posted on 08/01/2007 7:10:49 AM PDT by Politicalmom (Of the potential GOP front runners, FT has one of the better records on immigration.- NumbersUSA)
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To: IslandJeff
>>>>>Assertion mine.....

So what's new? You RudyBooster`s are full of assertions.

27 posted on 08/01/2007 9:02:24 AM PDT by Reagan Man (FUHGETTABOUTIT Rudy....... Conservatives don't vote for liberals!)
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To: kellynla
>>>>>Republican Fred Thompson needs to say in August if he is running for president ...

Its the dog days of August. A early September anoouncement will be just fine.

28 posted on 08/01/2007 9:05:44 AM PDT by Reagan Man (FUHGETTABOUTIT Rudy....... Conservatives don't vote for liberals!)
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To: kellynla

i don’t think Fred wants to run against Hillary.


29 posted on 08/01/2007 9:06:34 AM PDT by Fitzcarraldo (Skip the Moon, go for Mars)
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To: mylife

Yes, but Zach Wamp is one of his biggest, earliest, and most conservative supporters. I think Fred would do wise to listen to his good friend and fellow Tennesseean here.


30 posted on 08/01/2007 9:08:55 AM PDT by RockinRight (Fred's Campaign: A hell of an opening, coast for a while, and then have a hell of a close.)
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To: kellynla

He should have announced on July 4th and gone barnstorming in Iowa this summer and he’d be out in front there for the straw poll. Opportunity missed.


31 posted on 08/01/2007 5:36:12 PM PDT by WOSG ( Don't tell me what you are against, tell me what you are FOR.)
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