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Vice President Franks?
Red State ^ | 8/31/7

Posted on 08/31/2007 9:59:36 AM PDT by ZGuy

In today's Washington Times "Inside The Ring" column Bill Gertz reports three Republican presidential candidates are considering retired Army General Tommy Franks as a vice presidential running mate.

General Franks, commander of U.S. Central Command from June 2000 until he retired in 2003, led American and Coalition troops in two strategically unprecedented campaigns in two years – Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan and Operation Iraqi Freedom in Iraq.

Franks would boost Republican prospects in the South and provide an articulate spokesman for winning the global war against Islamist extremism and a counter to the Democrats' current defeatism:

"All Democratic candidates overtly oppose the Iraq war and most favor ending the Bush administration's military and paramilitary emphasis on fighting global terrorism. A Democratic administration in 2009 likely would restore the approach of the Clinton administration, which favored law enforcement and diplomacy over military action.

Reviving those failed Clinton policies will only bring us more terrorist attacks such as the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center; the 1995 bombing of U.S. military headquarters in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; the 1996 bobming of Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia; the 1998 bombing of US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania; the 2000 attack against the USS Cole in Yemen, and 9/11."


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1 posted on 08/31/2007 9:59:37 AM PDT by ZGuy
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To: ZGuy

what are his views on abortion? (sorry, couldn’t resist)


2 posted on 08/31/2007 10:00:29 AM PDT by Blue Turtle
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To: ZGuy

I would vote for that ticket. How about Tommy as the POTUS?

Meadow Muffin


3 posted on 08/31/2007 10:01:43 AM PDT by rwgal
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To: ZGuy

Whew ... I initially thought we were talking about Barney Frank.

I got light-headed there for a minute.

H


4 posted on 08/31/2007 10:02:33 AM 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: ZGuy

General Franks would be a great choice. But what about the guy who coined the phrase. “Stuck on stupid”


5 posted on 08/31/2007 10:02:34 AM PDT by cquiggy
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To: Blue Turtle
what are his views on abortion? (sorry, couldn’t resist)

Gee, thanks. Great start to the thread. I don't know anything about his views on anything. I surely don't want another Colin Powell in DC.

6 posted on 08/31/2007 10:03:07 AM PDT by ChildOfThe60s (If you can remember the 60s........you weren't really there)
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To: ZGuy

I wouldn’t mind Tommy Franks as VP ... though I’m still rooting for a Fred Thompson/ J.C. Watts ticket.

H


7 posted on 08/31/2007 10:03:39 AM 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: ZGuy; Tijeras_Slim

It'd be nice to have cigars back in the White House that are actually smoked.

8 posted on 08/31/2007 10:04:27 AM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: ZGuy
Franks would boost Republican prospects in the South...

I don't think that the Republicans need much help in the South, as good as Franks might be (and his political views on matters other than the WOT are completely unknown).

9 posted on 08/31/2007 10:04:29 AM PDT by Ancesthntr
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To: ZGuy

That would be great! Imagine the dems going apoplectic!! LOL.


10 posted on 08/31/2007 10:05:02 AM PDT by penelopesire
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To: ZGuy

WOuld have been better if it was Petraeus-Franks ‘08. With a warrior president and vice president, Hillary woldn’t stand any chance at all


11 posted on 08/31/2007 10:12:29 AM PDT by Moderate right-winger (Unity 2008)
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To: Moderate right-winger

Now that would be a dream ticket. They could also promise to clean house at the Bureau, ATFE, and CIA.


12 posted on 08/31/2007 10:17:43 AM PDT by pierrem15 (Charles Martel: past and future of France)
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To: Hemorrhage
>>>That’s something to think about. Eh Mr. Almadidawhatzis...<<<

LOL...me too!

"Hawo, I'wm Bawney Fwank your new Wice Pwesident".

HELP!

13 posted on 08/31/2007 10:18:20 AM PDT by HardStarboard (Take No Prisoners - We're Out of Qurans)
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To: Hemorrhage
>>>Whew ...I initially thought we were talking about Barney Frank....<<<

LOL...me too!

"Hawo, I'wm Bawney Fwank your new Wice Pwesident".

HELP!

14 posted on 08/31/2007 10:19:23 AM PDT by HardStarboard (Take No Prisoners - We're Out of Qurans)
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To: pierrem15

They would have no qualms enforcing border security. I’m not sure though if the generals would be pro-life


15 posted on 08/31/2007 10:19:30 AM PDT by Moderate right-winger (Unity 2008)
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To: penelopesire

The GOP VP candidate should be someone who has been a congressman, since that usually worked, during the past 55 years. Five of the last six republican VP’s were U.S. reps. Those five were Dick Cheney, Dan Quayle, George H.W. Bush, Gerald Ford, and Richard Nixon. The exception is Spiro Agnew.


16 posted on 08/31/2007 10:19:41 AM PDT by PhilCollins
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To: Hemorrhage

That’s better - sorry for the wrong quote!!!


17 posted on 08/31/2007 10:20:42 AM PDT by HardStarboard (Take No Prisoners - We're Out of Qurans)
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To: Hemorrhage

That’s better - sorry for the wrong quote!!!


18 posted on 08/31/2007 10:20:44 AM PDT by HardStarboard (Take No Prisoners - We're Out of Qurans)
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To: Hemorrhage

Me, too. That was scary.


19 posted on 08/31/2007 10:20:47 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: pierrem15

Imagine two warriors wiping the floor with the insanely liberal Clinton-Obama


20 posted on 08/31/2007 10:20:47 AM PDT by Moderate right-winger (Unity 2008)
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To: Hemorrhage
Whew ... I initially thought we were talking about Barney Frank.

I got light-headed there for a minute.

Me too!

21 posted on 08/31/2007 10:21:35 AM PDT by Cobra64 (www.BulletBras.net)
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To: Hemorrhage

barney is being considered for the dim tickets I heard. Both the purple one and gay one.


22 posted on 08/31/2007 10:22:33 AM PDT by crazyshrink
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To: ZGuy

Franks makes as much sense as pretty boy Wesley Clark.

Why not tap Shinseki? You want to look good to the American people, admit to the mistakes of the Republican administration and republican controlled congress of the 2000-2004 era by bringing in the man who called Bush out on the rug months before we invaded Iraq.

The big wig armchair warriors in the Rep. national party would never allow such an offense to their manliness to occur. And everyone in the country would see through such a ploy as shear duplicity and vote pandering. Just like putting Franks on the ballot would.

This post wasn’t meant to take away from Franks accomplished career, this was aimed at the politicos who float idiotic rumors like this.


23 posted on 08/31/2007 10:22:45 AM PDT by JerseyHighlander
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To: Hemorrhage

“I got light-headed there for a minute.”

Better light in the head than light in the loafers.


24 posted on 08/31/2007 10:25:09 AM PDT by PLMerite ("Unarmed, one can only flee from Evil. But Evil isn't overcome by fleeing from it." Jeff Cooper)
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To: Moderate right-winger
BUT ... with Franks in this go-around as VP, he could be the Pres. Candidate later WITH Ptetaeus ...then I would have to go on sensory overload and pass out!
25 posted on 08/31/2007 10:26:51 AM PDT by SMARTY ("Stay together, pay the soldiers and forget everything else." Lucius Septimus Severus)
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To: Hemorrhage

You got light-headed, I felt momentarily light in the loafers at the mere thought of My Boy Lollipop in the Oval Office, or (more likely) tapping on the door, trying to get in.....


26 posted on 08/31/2007 10:28:15 AM PDT by supremedoctrine ("Happiness makes up in height for what it lacks in length"----Robert Frost)
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To: ZGuy
Which 3 candidates?
27 posted on 08/31/2007 10:29:01 AM PDT by Sybeck1 (I like Rodney Carrington's recipe for World Peace.)
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To: SMARTY

Sadly, the only postwar President to come directly from the military was Ike. We all know that Ike was too accomodating to the opposition party then.


28 posted on 08/31/2007 10:29:50 AM PDT by Moderate right-winger (Unity 2008)
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To: penelopesire

General Franks as a lightning rod?

Because that is what he would become, under any Republican Presidency. Not because of what he is, or what he says, but that is how the opponents arrayed against the Republicans direct their attentions. If one studies how the attacks are now directed agains the Bush Administration, very few of then actually land on Bush himself. They hit at Attorneys General, Secretaries of State, Secretaries of Defense, and high-ranking White House aides. They even spend more time running down Dick Cheney, than George W. Bush. Bush, they dismiss as not being very smart, and yet, somehow, he keeps on outfoxing them.

But really, being a general and in charge of marshalling a widespread and diverse military is WAY better preparation for the job than idling away on the back bench in the Senate.


29 posted on 08/31/2007 10:29:53 AM PDT by alloysteel (Never attribute to ignorance that which is adequately explained by stupidity.)
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To: PLMerite

See my #26, to see how painful the thought was for me.


30 posted on 08/31/2007 10:30:09 AM PDT by supremedoctrine ("Happiness makes up in height for what it lacks in length"----Robert Frost)
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To: PLMerite

See my #26, to see how painful the thought was for me.


31 posted on 08/31/2007 10:30:13 AM PDT by supremedoctrine ("Happiness makes up in height for what it lacks in length"----Robert Frost)
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To: PhilCollins

I believe both Quayle and Ford were US senators prior to being VP.


32 posted on 08/31/2007 10:31:48 AM PDT by Rockitz (This isn't rocket science- Follow the money and you'll find the truth.)
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To: JerseyHighlander
"Why not tap Shinseki"

No, not only no, but HELL NO. That is an idea that is a nonstarter. A general has no right to call a POTUS out on the rug when he SERVES UNDER HIM. We are not a military dictatorship. Civilian leadership controls our military. Anyone that does not like that, I will gladly pay for their ticket to the closest banana republic. Shiniski is no different than Wesley Clark, both are aholes lacking in professionalism. BTW, you sound like a Jersey Girl.
33 posted on 08/31/2007 10:32:46 AM PDT by jrooney (The democrats are the friend of our enemy and the enemy of our friends. Attack them, not GW!)
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To: PhilCollins

Check that. Just Quayle was a senator.


34 posted on 08/31/2007 10:33:58 AM PDT by Rockitz (This isn't rocket science- Follow the money and you'll find the truth.)
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To: ZGuy

It probably goes without saying the the MSM would have a veritable FIELD DAY with this, the idea of the first Career Military Man in either Potus or Veep positions since
who?>.....Eisenhower??


35 posted on 08/31/2007 10:36:02 AM PDT by supremedoctrine ("Happiness makes up in height for what it lacks in length"----Robert Frost)
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To: Ancesthntr

He would be a big help to the GOP in Florida and Virginia.


36 posted on 08/31/2007 10:39:31 AM PDT by bobjam
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To: ZGuy

37 posted on 08/31/2007 10:41:25 AM PDT by JoeSixPack1
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To: Hemorrhage

“though I’m still rooting for a Fred Thompson/ J.C. Watts ticket.”

From your keyboard to God’s ears.


38 posted on 08/31/2007 10:42:42 AM PDT by peggybac (Tolerance is the virtue of believing in nothing)
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To: Hemorrhage
Whew ... I initially thought we were talking about Barney Frank. I got light-headed there for a minute. H

You and me both. That was a close one.

39 posted on 08/31/2007 10:43:08 AM PDT by New Perspective (Proud father of a 3 year old son with Down Syndrome)
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To: ZGuy

LOL. Just LOL.

I’m more likely to be vice president. XD


40 posted on 08/31/2007 10:44:08 AM PDT by Constantine XIII
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To: bobjam

I’ll take your word for that. Still, I’d like to know his stance on other issues.


41 posted on 08/31/2007 10:44:13 AM PDT by Ancesthntr
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To: ZGuy

OH, wait, different Franks!

Never mind, disregard, stuned beeber, etc.


42 posted on 08/31/2007 10:45:01 AM PDT by Constantine XIII
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To: ZGuy
Franks. Whew! For a minute there I thought John Edwards had picked a running mate.
43 posted on 08/31/2007 10:47:29 AM PDT by Sue Perkick (And I hope that what Iíve done here today doesnít force you to have a negative opinion of meÖ.)
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To: ZGuy
Franks would boost Republican prospects in the South...

If Republican prospects in the South need boosting then we're really in trouble to begin with.

44 posted on 08/31/2007 10:48:15 AM PDT by Non-Sequitur (Save Fredericksburg. Support CVBT.)
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To: Moderate right-winger

That would be a good ticket but the Dems would try to scare the public by claiming that the Republicans are attempting a “military takeover” of the country.


45 posted on 08/31/2007 10:53:44 AM PDT by Signalman
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To: Bobkk47

an actual military takeover is still far more preferable to a liberal democratic / socialist takeover


46 posted on 08/31/2007 10:55:58 AM PDT by Moderate right-winger (Unity 2008)
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To: Moderate right-winger

I agree with you on that one.


47 posted on 08/31/2007 10:56:22 AM PDT by Signalman
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To: Rockitz

Quayle was a U.S. rep., 1977-’81, and a U.S. senator, 1981-’89.


48 posted on 08/31/2007 10:58:06 AM PDT by PhilCollins
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To: Bobkk47

And to think that we could be on the verge of saluting President Hillary and Speaker Pelosi!!!!!!!!!


49 posted on 08/31/2007 10:59:00 AM PDT by Moderate right-winger (Unity 2008)
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To: Moderate right-winger

The president rates a salute because of their position as Commander-in-Chief. The speaker rates nothing (and even less than that in the current case).


50 posted on 08/31/2007 11:00:27 AM PDT by Non-Sequitur (Save Fredericksburg. Support CVBT.)
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