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Thompson says he's definitely in the race
Boston Globe ^ | 08/30/2007 | Michael Kranish

Posted on 08/30/2007 2:12:23 PM PDT by Ultra Sonic 007

Edited on 08/30/2007 2:20:35 PM PDT by Admin Moderator. [history]

Fred Thompson, the actor and former Tennessee senator whose flirtation with a presidential bid has frustrated some supporters, will file papers to officially enter the race next Thursday, his campaign manager told key backers this afternoon.

"Fred is definitely is going to make the race," campaign manager Bill Lacy told members of the Thompson campaign's national finance team in a conference call. "We are in this race to win." Lacy said Thompson will also announce his campaign on a webcast next Thursday. After that he is expected to visit Iowa Sept. 7, New Hampshire on Sept. 8 and 9, and South Carolina after that. There will also be events Sept. 13-15 in Florida and Tennessee, Lacy said.


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1 posted on 08/30/2007 2:12:25 PM PDT by Ultra Sonic 007
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To: Politicalmom

And so it begins. Let’s see what he’ll do.


2 posted on 08/30/2007 2:14:41 PM PDT by Ultra Sonic 007 (Look at all the candidates. Choose who you think is best. Choose wisely in 2008.)
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To: Ultra Sonic 007
Thompson's entry in the race has been a foregone conclusion for weeks, but his refusal to definitively declare his candidacy had begun to irritate some backers who were concerned he had lost precious momentum. Nonetheless, in most national polls he is in second place among Republican hopefuls, trailing Rudy Giuliani and leading Mitt Romney.

It mostly irritated Romney backers who watched Fred blow by Mitt without officially entering the race.

3 posted on 08/30/2007 2:14:54 PM PDT by dirtboy (Chertoff needs to move out of DC, not move to Justice.)
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To: Ultra Sonic 007

Hope his people have done a thorough job of vetting contributors so far....because the rats sure will.


4 posted on 08/30/2007 2:17:25 PM PDT by Roccus (Hillary........brought to you by the PRC)
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To: Ultra Sonic 007

Bring on the debates.


5 posted on 08/30/2007 2:18:09 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Greed is NOT a conservative ideal.)
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To: dirtboy

“It mostly irritated Romney backers who watched Fred blow by Mitt without officially entering the race.”

BWAAAHAHAHA, ain’t it the truth.


6 posted on 08/30/2007 2:18:27 PM PDT by traderrob6
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To: dirtboy

He files the papers, he gets the first check for a grand from me. He gets the nomination, he gets two grand from me. I’m in this to win, too. Run Fred run!


7 posted on 08/30/2007 2:18:43 PM PDT by MHGinTN (You've had life support. Promote life support for those in the womb.)
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To: Ultra Sonic 007
Big deal, he waited to late, he wants to do it on Leno, he easts dirt, he has cooties he...

blah blah blah...

Damn this is gong to be more fun than a gaggle of Ron Paul supporters...

8 posted on 08/30/2007 2:19:50 PM PDT by ejonesie22 (I don't use a sarcasm tag, it kills the effect...)
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To: ejonesie22

Fred has cooties? Damn. Just damn.

Guess I’ll have to stay home and let Hillary win after all.


9 posted on 08/30/2007 2:21:27 PM PDT by sam_paine (X .................................)
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To: ejonesie22

heh heh heh


10 posted on 08/30/2007 2:22:21 PM PDT by SmithL (I don't do Barf Alerts, you're old enough to read and decide for yourself)
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To: Ultra Sonic 007

Really? He’s in the race?

This is such immature behavior.

Coy actions belong to high school prom Queens.


11 posted on 08/30/2007 2:22:51 PM PDT by Glenn (Free Venezuela!)
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To: cripplecreek

I can hardly wait for the debates!


12 posted on 08/30/2007 2:24:18 PM PDT by Ditter
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To: ejonesie22
It was as we suspected; after the old "Law and Order" epidoses finished airing and before the new season begins!

Cooties and all, I love Fred!

13 posted on 08/30/2007 2:24:43 PM PDT by SuziQ
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To: Ultra Sonic 007

Where are all those “experts” here on FR that said Fred would not run, that he was going to gin up alot of interest and then endorse his good buddy McCain hmmmmmm?


14 posted on 08/30/2007 2:26:27 PM PDT by traderrob6
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To: ejonesie22
Big deal, he waited to late, he wants to do it on Leno, he easts dirt, he has cooties he...

...wears Gucci's.

I guess they'd rather see him in Crocs.

15 posted on 08/30/2007 2:28:12 PM PDT by bcsco ("The American Indians found out what happens when you don't control immigration.")
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To: Ultra Sonic 007; ejonesie22
Fred Thompson's window of opportunity could hardly have been wider. .... But, thanks to a number of missteps and opportunities his pseudo-campaign has failed to capitalize on, Thompson's window is now closed...

There ya have it. He can't get in cuz it's already too late. It is written.

16 posted on 08/30/2007 2:29:06 PM PDT by sam_paine (X .................................)
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To: Ultra Sonic 007

I like the guy. I hope he’s as good on the stump as we presume he should be. He can be a powerful and effective speaker. I’ve heard a couple of speeches though, that while they weren’t awful they just weren’t great.

Time will tell. I’m not really invested in anybody yet. I like all of our candidates for various reasons. Yah, even Rudy. Romney is OK, except for the almost creepy perfect persona. I’m not sure he can win on the national level.

But Fred can, and so can Rudy. We’ll see.

It’s nice that we’ve actually got some depth on the bench this time around. There must really be some frustrated democrats. They’re the ones really sucking air. After eight years of an (R) in the white house they’ve practically got a gimme election. That’s just the way of things... and so this golden opportunity crops up and the best they can come up with is Hillary? And Obama? And Edwards? Holey second-string Batman!

Gore was embarrassing enough, but then they put up Kerry? Sheesh, they might as well have run Jane Fonda. All they need to do is run some mildly acceptable democrat governor from someplace and they’d own the election. But no...

It’s reminiscent of back when all we had was Bob Dole. Sure he was a nice guy and a war hero, but he was hardly exciting.


17 posted on 08/30/2007 2:31:56 PM PDT by Ramius (Personally, I give us... one chance in three. More tea?)
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To: Glenn
And responsibility belongs to adults...he had contractual obligations to meet:

August 2007 - Now that Mr. Thompson seems poised to re-enter politics as a Republican presidential candidate, his career will take another twist. In May, he asked NBC to release him from further “Law & Order” commitments; more recently, NBC said it was ready to stop showing reruns of the episodes he appears in because of federal equal time regulations for presidential candidates.

Source

July 2007 - LOS ANGELES - If Fred Thompson makes it official and throws his hat in the ring for President, NBC will pull future reruns of "Law & Order" featuring the actor after Sept. 1, executive producer Dick Wolf said yesterday.Wolf, reading from an official NBC statement yesterday, said the rule applies when a person legally qualifies as a candidate.

"If Fred Thompson formally declares his intention to run for President, NBC will not schedule any further repeats of 'Law & Order' featuring Mr. Thompson beyond those already scheduled, which conclude on Saturday, Sept. 1," Wolf said. Wolf assured that NBC would take all "appropriate steps consistent with FCC regulations." Thompson fans would, however, be able to see him in reruns airing on TNT.

NY Daily News

18 posted on 08/30/2007 2:34:06 PM PDT by ravingnutter
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To: Glenn

Nonsense. He’s got contract issues to get through.

Personally this whole campaign is starting too freakin’ early. This shouldn’t be underway until spring. Six or eight months of election prep... plenty. But doing this for a freaking year and a half is just too much.


19 posted on 08/30/2007 2:35:27 PM PDT by Ramius (Personally, I give us... one chance in three. More tea?)
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To: Ramius
"Holey second-string Batman!"

Shhhhhh. Keep it quiet. Here comes the Newt after Fred.

Reason for Newt:
1. He has so much money he has no idea what to do with it.
2. The biggest ego in the country.
3. He honestly believes he can out debate anyone running.

20 posted on 08/30/2007 2:37:50 PM PDT by AGreatPer
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To: AGreatPer

One side benefit to Fred entering in September is that it pushed any potential Newt entry into October.


21 posted on 08/30/2007 2:40:50 PM PDT by dirtboy (Chertoff needs to move out of DC, not move to Justice.)
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To: ejonesie22

“Damn this is gong to be more fun than a gaggle of Ron Paul supporters...”

ROFL


22 posted on 08/30/2007 2:43:29 PM PDT by chaos_5 (Put the illegals aliens on a path ... back to Mexico!)
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To: Ultra Sonic 007
And Senator Warner is probably leaving. Both Warner and Fred Thompson have something in common--they both voted against the impeachment of President Clinton.

From Wikipedia on Warner:

...Warner was among ten GOP Senators who voted against the charge of perjury during Clinton's impeachment (the others were Dick Shelby of Alabama, Ted Stevens of Alaska, Susan Collins of Maine, Olympia Snowe of Maine, John Chafee of Rhode Island, Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, Jim Jeffords of Vermont, Slade Gorton of Washington and Fred Thompson of Tennessee). Warner and others who voted against the article angered many Republicans by their position. However, unlike Snowe, Collins, Specter, Jeffords and Chafee, the rest of the Republicans voted "guilty" on the second article.

23 posted on 08/30/2007 2:44:07 PM PDT by shrinkermd
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To: Ultra Sonic 007

And so it begins. Let’s see what he’ll do.
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He must now go after the Clinton, Inc. crime machine. And expose the witch for everything she is and would do. This needs to be a clear defeat for the criminal, socialist left.


24 posted on 08/30/2007 2:47:39 PM PDT by EagleUSA
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To: dirtboy
"One side benefit to Fred entering in September is that it pushed any potential Newt entry into October."

That is exactly what Newt wanted. Yup, he is gonna ride in on a white horse.

25 posted on 08/30/2007 2:50:37 PM PDT by AGreatPer
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To: dirtboy
It mostly irritated Romney backers who watched Fred blow by Mitt without officially entering the race.

May the best man win...

26 posted on 08/30/2007 2:52:04 PM PDT by Spiff
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To: Ultra Sonic 007

Interesting. BTTT!


27 posted on 08/30/2007 2:53:59 PM PDT by PGalt
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To: Spiff
May the best man win...

Agreed. May both men do their very best.

28 posted on 08/30/2007 2:54:22 PM PDT by Petronski (Why would Romney lie about Ronald Reagan's record?)
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To: shrinkermd

>> Both Warner and Fred Thompson ... voted against the impeachment of President Clinton.

>> ... unlike Snowe, Collins, Specter, Jeffords and Chafee, the rest of the Republicans voted “guilty” on the second article.

Apparently you missed the last line of your own post. Thompson voted Guilty on the second article of impeachment.

H


29 posted on 08/30/2007 2:56:56 PM PDT by SnakeDoctor ("Don't worry. History will get it right ... and we'll both be dead." - George W. Bush to Karl Rove)
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To: Petronski

My 08 Bumper sticker is going to read: NO MORE CLINTONS!


30 posted on 08/30/2007 2:57:13 PM PDT by princess leah
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To: shrinkermd
[Fred]...voted against the impeachment of President Clinton.

Half-truths are lies.

Don't be a liar.

31 posted on 08/30/2007 2:58:33 PM PDT by Petronski (Why would Romney lie about Ronald Reagan's record?)
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To: MHGinTN
I’ll match that! I have already given a little bit, but I have been holding out till he makes it official.
32 posted on 08/30/2007 2:58:45 PM PDT by Greystoke
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To: AGreatPer

>> Yup, he is gonna ride in on a white horse.

Gingrich is a smart guy, but a complete irrelevancy when it comes to Presidential politics. Right now, he’s just got too much of a notorious history to be a viable Presidential nominee. He’s the Republican version of Hillary Clinton ... right down the line on the issues, but not terribly electable.

H


33 posted on 08/30/2007 2:59:11 PM PDT by SnakeDoctor ("Don't worry. History will get it right ... and we'll both be dead." - George W. Bush to Karl Rove)
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To: Hemorrhage

I agree with your #33 completely.


34 posted on 08/30/2007 3:01:07 PM PDT by AGreatPer
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To: Ultra Sonic 007

Yep. Definitely maybe.

My, there’s commitment personified.


35 posted on 08/30/2007 3:03:23 PM PDT by CheyennePress
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To: AGreatPer
Blog Reaction Roundup..
36 posted on 08/30/2007 3:03:52 PM PDT by Jay777 (My personal blog: www.stoptheaclu.com)
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To: Petronski

BTTT!


37 posted on 08/30/2007 3:04:13 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist
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To: Ramius
Romney is OK, except for the almost creepy perfect persona.

Huh? Someone has a pleasant personality and that is considered creepy?

38 posted on 08/30/2007 3:13:34 PM PDT by PJ-Comix (Join the DUmmie FUnnies PING List for the FUNNIEST Blog on the Web)
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39 posted on 08/30/2007 3:21:07 PM PDT by Politicalmom (Of the potential GOP front runners, FT has one of the better records on immigration.- NumbersUSA)
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To: shrinkermd
Both Warner and Fred Thompson ... voted against the impeachment of President Clinton.

Actually they didn't vote against impeachment. The impeachment vote was taken in the House of Representatives. The impeachment trial was conducted in the Senate. At that point, nobody could vote for or against impeachment as the vote had already been taken to impeach clinton. Warner and Thompson both voted against CONVICTION on the first article, and both voted Guilty on the second. In my opinion the perjury charge was the blatant open and shut article that should have warranted a guilty vote, but then again I did not have the opportunity to sit in the Senate and hear the case tried. Thompson has explained why he voted the way he did in the impeachment trial, and his explanation was satisfactory as far as I'm concerned. It showed that he took his duty and oath seriously to evaluate the case and vote based on the merits rather than on partisan politics. Clearly the democrats in the senate did not do so on either article.

40 posted on 08/30/2007 3:27:01 PM PDT by VRWCmember (Fred Thompson 2008! Taking America Back for Conservatives!)
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To: pissant; All

I have crow cooking for you. Leg or a thigh?


41 posted on 08/30/2007 3:29:47 PM PDT by Pistolshot (Every woman, who can, should learn to shoot, and carry a gun.)
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To: Petronski
Half-truths are lies.
Don't be a liar.

In fairness to the other poster, I try to never call someone a liar unless I am absolutely convinced that the person knew that his statement was inaccurate or false when he made the statement. Maybe I give too much benefit of the doubt sometimes, but I consider the charge of "liar" to be such a serious offense that I reserve it only for those that I am thoroughly convinced are deliberately lying and not just speaking from ignorance.

42 posted on 08/30/2007 3:30:37 PM PDT by VRWCmember (Fred Thompson 2008! Taking America Back for Conservatives!)
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To: Pistolshot

Did I ever say he wasn’t going to run?


43 posted on 08/30/2007 3:30:46 PM PDT by pissant (Duncan Hunter: Warrior, Statesman, Conservative)
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To: VRWCmember; Petronski; shrinkermd
It is simply impossible for "shrinkermd" to have been on FR since 1999 and not have seen this false accusation explained many times.

It was a deliberate misrepresentation of the facts.

44 posted on 08/30/2007 3:39:25 PM PDT by Jotmo (I Had a Bad Experience With the CIA and Now I'm Gonna Show You My Feminine Side - Swirling Eddies)
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To: Petronski

Well he didn’t vote to convict President Clinton on the first charge—perjury. That is a fact. It is not a half truth.


45 posted on 08/30/2007 3:43:37 PM PDT by shrinkermd
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Plain Old Dave was plain old in the Ron Paul column (I loathe the [sic] Patriot Act), but Thompson bears lookin’ into. Seems like he got the TN Right To Life endorsement regularly when he was our Senator...


46 posted on 08/30/2007 3:44:10 PM PDT by plain old dave
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To: Ultra Sonic 007

Speaking as an outsider, I see Fred as a great communicator, and Newt as a great ideas man. I think the President should be a great communicator, like Reagan.


47 posted on 08/30/2007 3:44:22 PM PDT by plenipotentiary
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To: Hemorrhage

Nope I didn’t miss it. I put it in for purposes of both fairness and clarity. Incidentally, how do you know what I read and do not read?


48 posted on 08/30/2007 3:44:45 PM PDT by shrinkermd
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To: shrinkermd
You said:

Both Warner and Fred Thompson have something in common--they both voted against the impeachment of President Clinton.

Besides the atrocious grammar, your statement is half true. Thompson voted against impeachment of Clinton on Perjury. But Thompson voted to impeach Clinton on Obstruction of Justice.

Only one conviction is needed to remove.

Since Thompson voted for one out of two, you were half wrong. What's worse, you knew it.

You told a half truth and that makes you a liar.

49 posted on 08/30/2007 3:49:02 PM PDT by Petronski (Why would Romney lie about Ronald Reagan's record?)
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To: Ditter
> I can hardly wait for the debates!

You'll have to wait a little longer since Fred! is waiting until the day after the NH debate to "announce."

50 posted on 08/30/2007 3:52:51 PM PDT by Psycheout (Sam Brownback. Principled. Conservative. Republican.)
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