Skip to comments.Thompson backers hope red pickup also to hit campaign trail again
Posted on 08/21/2007 5:10:38 PM PDT by xcamel
More than a dozen years after it was credited with helping turn around his first bid for public office, Fred Thompson's old pickup truck sits parked behind his mother's house in this Nashville suburb.
The red paint is faded and the tailgate hangs open, but supporters would like nothing more than to see the actor-politician leap back into the bed to make stump speeches in his bid for the White House.
The Republican has not yet announced his candidacy _ that's expected next month _ and there's been no word from Thompson's campaign about whether there will be any role for a red pickup truck. A spokeswoman for Thompson did not respond to messages seeking comment about the truck.
Early in the 1994 race, after struggling to connect with voters, Thompson decided to lease a used truck and drive around the state in what turned out to be a wildly successful effort to recast himself as a folksy man of the people.
His opponent, Democratic U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper, derided the truck as a cynical prop to deflect attention from Thompson's inside-the-Beltway status. But Thompson was able to shake off Cooper's suggestion that he was actually a "Gucci-wearing, Lincoln-driving, Perrier-drinking, Grey Poupon-spreading millionaireWashington special interest lobbyist."
Thompson ended up capturing more than 60 percent of the vote.
Bill Lacy, hired this month to run Thompson's campaign, has a bit of personal history with the truck _ he opposed the proposal to make the pickup a focal point when he was an adviser on the 1994 campaign.
"Fred had the good sense to ignore my advice," Lacy said in an opinion piece in The Knoxville News Sentinel in June.
But Thompson so far has not appeared overly eager to climb back into the cab. At his first public event in Nashville after forming a "testing the waters" committee in June, Thompson shook off an attempt by supporters tohave him address the crowd from the back of a brand new red pickup truck they had brought to the event.
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If he comes this way I’ll loan him mine.
Screw the pickup. Either announce that you’re running or step aside. This coy act is extremely old and annoying. I was a Fred! guy, but I’m sick of this. This isn’t a game, Mr. Thompson. Run or get the hell out of the way.
He wanted people to beg him to run, and they begged. He wanted time to get a staff together, and he has. Do it, or go away.
someone run over your puppy when you were young?
We don’t need gimmicks with prospect of the Beast B!tch and the Perv taking up residents at PA Avenue.
Fresh ideas are what the electorate needs. Fred can deliver without the prop’s.
Sounds that way, doesn’t it?
I’m upset because I was really excited about this guy. His persona was a no-nonsense straight-shooter. Now, here we are months later and he’s still playing games with his announcement to run. Doesn’t sound like he’s very serious about this. If he can’t seem to make a commitment one way or the other, why should I be committed to him?
Fred in that red truck might be just as effective as Reagan’s “there they go again” line.
Let me guess. You got so sick of FredT you switched to Rooty.
In politics patience is a virtue and campaigns are marathons and not sprints.
IIRC, he still has one showbiz contract that *has* to run out (September) before he can declare without screwing the people he used to work with.
I agree with you. An old red pickup that’s rusting and falling apart? What is this nostalgia playhouse? I don’t want some old geezer who’s trotted out for one last run around the track before he’s put out to pasture. The Republican party should be about the future. This guy is about the past and some absurd longing for a return to the golden era of Reagan. Let the Democrats nominate their retread. Republicans should pick a fresh face and an energetic candidate with the desire and the determination to win and some new ideas about how we’re going to compete in the 21st century. That ain’t Fred.
No, I’m not a Rudy guy. His social liberalism drives me nuts. The guy I like doesn’t have a chance in hell of winning: Duncan Hunter. Romney is starting to look good out of the two electable republicans.
Never heard that one. I’ll have to check it out.
Exactly! This is Series!!!
Fred also had contractual agreements that must be satisfied by law prior to announcing.
The Harpy’s “dissatisfaction” numbers are climbing every day.
so... you still think the “old fashioned way” was a bad plan?
Glad I was wrong about Rooty. Hunter`s a good conservative, but like you said no chance at all. Romney is better than Rooty, but that ain’t saying much.
FWIW, Ronald Reagan announced he was running for Prez on November 13, 1979. You can wait for FredT.
I’d have to look into that contractual thing, but if that isn’t the real issue I stand by what I said about him playing games. As someone else said “a series”, like it’s a frickin’ game.
We see the word folksy again in another article about Fred.
Apparently you don’t follow the Fread Threads. Mark this down, FDT will be talking issues starting next month that will make ALL canidates piss down their legs.
He is going to bring down the house on issues dogging this country.
Fred’s good, but he ain’t Reagan. None of these candidates (or potential candidates) are even close.
nothing about the inbred in that tagline?
Who’s buying this round??
I’m sick of the press who can’t figure out something important to write about so they keep coming around to this.
We have a long way to go until election day, I’m patient and an adult, I am content to wait until the right time. It is a wasted effort to get so upset about something like this. I’m not upset with Fred at all, he’s working hard, getting out and speaking and writing, and he isn’t in hiding.
Come on. Wasn’t comparing FredT or any of the candidates to Reagan, friend.
I was talking about the time factor. Reagan announced in mid-November, 11-13-1979. FredT`s got time. Be patient!
Cool your jets there, pardner. There were entirely valid reasons for not running pell-mell with the rest of the pack, one of which is to put together a well planned staff and campaign.
And that’s just ONE reason.
There is never going to be another Reagan. But Fred doesn’t need Reagan’s coattails, he can run on his own.
I said ‘series’ meaning anyone considering using the red truck. It will not happen.
“October Surprise” Will be here soon!!!!!....Fred will be too early??????......I don’t think so!!!!!....Rove Who???....Hillary likes Rush?????......He likes her; I don’t think so!!!!!.....Fred’s a Sand-Bager and there is more than just sand in his bag??????.................
Then why not just announce officially that he’s running? (Other than the contractual thing, if true)
Sorry. I’m a bit touchy when it comes to Reagan. He’s the only political figure I’ve seen in my lifetime that I could consider a hero.
>>>I expect Fred to do the things people least expect, and run entirely contrary to the empty suits currently flailing about and stepping on their own _____s <<<
Better constructed platforms?
Sorry, I misunderstood your usage.
I heard that Fred had to complete his contract on Law & Order or the series would be pulled if he announced. This would screw with the paychecks of not only the other actors, but the crew as well. I expect once the series is out of production and Fred is free to speak his mind, we’re going to see a REAL candidate that will have Obama wishing he were back in Illinois and Hillary looking for cover. Oh, and Bill will be found at the nearest trailer park looking for lovin’ I must confess, I’m frustrated too by the wait....but once he announces, everyone better run for I don’t think Thompson is going to be bullied by the MSM or the other announced want-a-be’s. Fred is going to kick some butt.
For one thing, because he’s doing extremely well without even announcing. And saving money while he’s at it.
Secondly there are few people even paying attention at this point, especially August, except political junkies. Why announce when everybody is on vacation?
Third, laying out a campaign is a huge task. It doesn’t happen overnight and it’s important to get the structure firmly in place instead of jumping the gun.
Once Fred announces will you be satisfied then?
I still say, be patient. If FredT doesn't run, then you can go bonkers.
He’s said a number of different things, one of which was August is a dead month. Everyone is on vacation. He said he favors September more than August. He wants to hit the ground running, well prepared, staff up to speed. He just hired people this summer. They need to get ready to go as well.
I’ve been impressed with the kinds of places he is speaking, being asked to speak or his campaign is arranging things. Whatever, he’s doing excellent in that regard, and missing some of the puny stuff. He’s travelling a lot, meeting with people, doing things to position himself. His poll numbers are great for someone who hasn’t declared yet. Senator Inhofe today was a good thing too. It isn’t hard to wait when so much is happening with him.
There were two bulls standing on a hill looking over some cows. The young bull looked at he older one and said ‘lets run down there and screw one of them cows’. The older bull slowly turns to the young bull and says ‘lets walk down there and screw them all’
Walk Fred Walk!
My husband tells that joke too. LOL!
I’m touchy about Reagan as well. Don’t like it when someone tries to rewrite history and “explain” Reagan’s life to the choir.
Fred said just the right thing when he said there will never be another Reagan. I appreciated that comment.
There's very little to gain from declaring now. He's got the name recognition. He's getting himself established on the issues without exposing himself to the crap shoot of the debates. The FEC and CFR have no say over him until he declares.
After 7 years of a politically tone deaf administration it's refreshing to see someone that can actually play this game.
I didn’t ask him to “run pell-mell with the rest of the pack”. If he had announced earlier this month, last month, the month before, etc. he still would not have been running with the pack.
I’m sure he’s got lots of really really good reasons for being cute with this business, and I’d like to know those reasons. From HIM.
Is he putting out the reasons for his not announcing and I just missed it? (that wasn’t sarcasm, btw). If he’s already saying this stuff that people here have been telling me, then I missed it and I take back what I said earlier.