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Thompson Woos Iowa, a Presidential Hopeful in All but Formality
The New York Times ^ | August 17, 2007 | Susan Saulny

Posted on 08/18/2007 7:29:14 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

Following in the path of Mitt Romney, Rudolph W. Giuliani, Hillary Rodham Clinton and a host of other presidential candidates, Fred D. Thompson punched his ticket at the Iowa State Fair on Friday, acting very much the candidate despite legal restrictions on his political activity.

This was in no uncertain terms a debut for Mr. Thompson. Rather than merely delivering a talk to supporters, he was engaged this time in what could not have been mistaken for anything other than retail campaigning as he mingled through the crowd at the fair, a must-stop for any serious presidential contender.

But if it was a debut, it was an unusual one: Mr. Thompson was shaking hands but, having not yet declared his candidacy, was barred by federal regulations from asking for votes. Nor can he advertise to promote his political ambitions, and so there were no “Thompson for president” bumper stickers or lapel pins to hand out.

The most his campaign could say on the placards it distributed was “I’m with Fred.” And hundreds who were with Fred showed up, along with the simply curious, on a balmy day here to watch and listen as he stumped without stumping. If nothing else, Mr. Thompson proved that he could walk a fine line in his brown loafers even as he aimed his pitch toward the conservative core of the Republican Party.

“I am unabashedly pro-life,” he told the crowd by way of introduction from the fair’s political soapbox, where Mr. Romney, Mr. Giuliani and Mrs. Clinton had all tried to reach Iowa voters in recent days. “I am pro-Second Amendment. And I don’t apologize for the United States of America.”

The crowd roared.

(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Iowa; US: Tennessee; War on Terror
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I lived in Iowa most of my life. Fred will do just fine there.
1 posted on 08/18/2007 7:29:15 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“Fred will do just fine there.”

I’ve lived in 4 different parts of the state spanning 10 years and I have to agree.


2 posted on 08/18/2007 7:39:58 AM PDT by traderrob6
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The KOS’rs seem a bit scared of who they call “GrandPa Fred”...

“The ghastly and undernourished specter of Fred Thompson haunted the Iowa State Fair last week, a tradition usually honored by presidential candidates in corporeal form.”

They KNOW that he is the only one who can challenge Hillary’s Coronation....


3 posted on 08/18/2007 7:42:57 AM PDT by tcrlaf (You can lead a Liberal to LOGIC, but you can't make it THINK)
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To: tcrlaf

While my son (36) feels that Fred’s speeches are too low key and dull, I disagree.

I love Fred. I believe that his style of communicating is exactly what the country needs. People don’t get the President’s style, and he is too out of touch to realize that saying something once is not adequate.

In this age of information overload, if you don’t repeat your views over and over, no one will remember what you said.

That’s how the Dems make their points - they lie but they lie over and over until no one can forget what they said - and the fact that most of the time it is lies, is not important to a lot of the listeners, it is the consistent repetition that sticks in their brains.

If Fred really understands that, as he seems to, he could be a great President.


4 posted on 08/18/2007 8:14:18 AM PDT by SusaninOhio
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To: tcrlaf

Fred Thompson scares the KOS crowd more than Right Guard, Lysol and Dial Soap combined...


5 posted on 08/18/2007 8:23:30 AM PDT by ejonesie22 (Vote for the man who will keep those Barbary Pirates at bay, RON PAUL 1816!)
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6 posted on 08/18/2007 8:27:22 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: 2ndDivisionVet

I hope so. I had a glimmer of hope in 2004, but with Harkin in the Senate and after going for Algore in 2000, Clinton in 1992 and 1996, and Dukakis in 1988, I’ve lost a lot of faith in Iowa.


7 posted on 08/18/2007 8:27:49 AM PDT by GBA ( God Bless America!)
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To: freelibby2008

Better Fred than Dead!

Thompson 2008: Kill the Terrorists, Secure the Borders and Punch the Hippies!!

Fred Thompson took Algore’s seat in 1994 and won two landslides. He was very good Senator and he is a real believer in federalism, national defense and free market economics. He will do very well indeed.

If you want to see an empty suit check out Osama Obama or Hillary Clinton.


9 posted on 08/18/2007 8:39:30 AM PDT by Patrick1
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To: freelibby2008

He’s really just an empty suit right now.


Hang around and he’ll fill the suit out should he make the announcement a lot of the other wannabes are leery of...

Welcome to FR..... Hope you enjoy your tenure.


10 posted on 08/18/2007 8:48:29 AM PDT by deport (>>>>>>>>>>--Keep your powder dry--<<<<<<<<<< .... Meanwhile:------ Cue Spooky Music------)
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To: freelibby2008
Where is you search function? Why have you not looked for yourself?

There is more direct information on Fred than there is on almost any other candidate.

If you don’t want and/or are too lazy to look, that’s fine, but don’t start with the questions and then end with a the empty suit crack...

11 posted on 08/18/2007 8:50:18 AM PDT by ejonesie22 (Vote for the man who will keep those Barbary Pirates at bay, RON PAUL 1816!)
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To: deport; freelibby2008
Ahh, a “newbie”.

Well that explains it...

Welcome to Free Republic, I shall enjoy observing your tenure...

12 posted on 08/18/2007 8:52:56 AM PDT by ejonesie22 (Vote for the man who will keep those Barbary Pirates at bay, RON PAUL 1816!)
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To: SusaninOhio
While my son (36) feels that Fred’s speeches are too low key and dull, I disagree.

If that was a concern for me before hearing him yesterday, it wasn't after his speech. He was right on the money and a crowd pleaser. Fred beats the heck out of slick, slimy Democrats.

13 posted on 08/18/2007 9:31:27 AM PDT by Conservativegreatgrandma
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To: Conservativegreatgrandma

I wish I could have gotten the day off work to head down there as well...I look forward to seeing/hearing him in person as well.
I have seen/heard Tancredo in the past and I like what he had to say then, I have not had the chance to hear Hunter yet either.


14 posted on 08/18/2007 9:56:10 AM PDT by FlashBack (WoundedWarriorProject.Org)
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To: Patrick1

I must disagree with you on Hillary CLinton being an empty suit. I think she fills out her tight pantsuit just fine.


15 posted on 08/18/2007 10:00:29 AM PDT by reaganbooster
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To: FlashBack
I've heard Tancredo several times. He had much support from our area. Yesterday, my sister and her husband, who voted for Tancredo at the Straw Poll also went to see Fred yesterday and now say they will support Fred at the Caucus. I, too, will be supporting Fred.

I watched Fred being interviewed by Mickelson. Mickelson is pretty tough so I tried to pay attention to Mickelson's questions and body language. If I can give my impression, I think Mickelson was also impressed with Fred. We'll see.

16 posted on 08/18/2007 10:01:07 AM PDT by Conservativegreatgrandma
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To: freelibby2008
freelibby2008
since 2007-08-18

Do know how to use Google, n00b? It's not that f$%king hard. Quit wasting our time and expecting others to spoon-feed you information.

17 posted on 08/18/2007 10:18:44 AM PDT by lesser_satan (Fred Thompson '08)
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To: lesser_satan

Fred is a too chicken to declare himself a candidate. He is a non-candidate who has not participated in any debates, or any straw polls...What kind of platform is that?


19 posted on 08/18/2007 10:35:04 AM PDT by freelibby2008
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To: Politicalmom
Bumpity, Bump!

http://FredForPresident.com

http://Vets4Fred.net

20 posted on 08/18/2007 10:36:22 AM PDT by W04Man (I'm Now With Fred http://Vets4Fred.net)
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To: freelibby2008

Everybody else declared too early. Fred has enough decency to not want American life to become a perpetual election cycle, and it’s much smarter to let those other candidates beat the hell out of each other and narrow the field down a bit.


21 posted on 08/18/2007 10:56:03 AM PDT by lesser_satan (Fred Thompson '08)
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To: freelibby2008

Buzz off, WAnker.


22 posted on 08/18/2007 10:58:45 AM PDT by Petronski (Why would Romney lie about Ronald Reagan's record?)
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To: lesser_satan

Not to worry, he’s gone. For now.


23 posted on 08/18/2007 10:59:00 AM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: trisham; Petronski

What’s with all the n00b fred-haters? I’ve seen tons of them lately with signup dates from the last two months. Somebody is very, very afraid of Fred.


24 posted on 08/18/2007 11:03:14 AM PDT by lesser_satan (Fred Thompson '08)
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To: SergeiRachmaninov
Back for more, n00b?

BTW, it is considered VERY BAD posting etiquette to take flame wars from one thread to another, so unless you want to get zotted, you may want to knock it off.

26 posted on 08/18/2007 11:07:21 AM PDT by lesser_satan (Fred Thompson '08)
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To: lesser_satan
What’s with all the n00b fred-haters? I’ve seen tons of them lately with signup dates from the last two months. Somebody is very, very afraid of Fred.

*************

Expect more of it between now and election day.

27 posted on 08/18/2007 11:07:48 AM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: Petronski; trisham

We got another one!


28 posted on 08/18/2007 11:08:18 AM PDT by lesser_satan (Fred Thompson '08)
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To: lesser_satan

LOL!


29 posted on 08/18/2007 11:09:07 AM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: SergeiRachmaninov

Buzz off, WAnker.


30 posted on 08/18/2007 11:09:11 AM PDT by Petronski (Why would Romney lie about Ronald Reagan's record?)
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To: SergeiRachmaninov

I called you a n00b, which you are. That’s not an insult by any stretch of the imagination.


32 posted on 08/18/2007 11:21:48 AM PDT by lesser_satan (Fred Thompson '08)
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To: trisham
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ZOTTED!

33 posted on 08/18/2007 11:32:47 AM PDT by lesser_satan (Fred Thompson '08)
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To: Conservativegreatgrandma

I’m leaning towards your way of thinking also, I really like Tom and Duncan but they just aren’t getting enough traction up to this point...but Fred’s got the “mud & snows” mounted...just waiting for him to put it in gear.


34 posted on 08/20/2007 6:57:35 AM PDT by FlashBack (WoundedWarriorProject.Org)
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