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Thompson using governor's script
San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 9/4/7 | Carla Marinucci

Posted on 09/04/2007 8:40:11 PM PDT by SmithL

Republican presidential candidate Fred Thompson's current political playbook - a high-profile visit to the "Tonight" show, a splashy bus tour, the efforts to take a familiar actor and reintroduce him in a new political role - contains pages that look eerily familiar to California voters.

Maybe that's because the former Tennessee senator now has at his side some of same key aides who - in nine short weeks - helped transform Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger from "The Terminator" into the chief executive of the Democratic-leaning most populous state in the nation.

Thompson plans to formally kick off his presidential bid - shaped around the themes of "security, unity and prosperity" - beginning today with a blitz that reflects his media savvy and his advantages as an actor better known to many Americans as District Attorney Arthur Branch on TV's "Law & Order."

Thompson's campaign includes two veterans of another whirlwind effort - the 2003 California recall election starring Schwarzenegger - who know first hand at least some of the challenges ahead.

They are Todd Harris, who was Schwarzenegger's campaign communications director and will hold the same title for Thompson, and veteran Republican strategist and Fox News commentator Karen Hanretty, the former press secretary for the 2003 recall effort, who will be Thompson's deputy communications director.

Adam Mendelsohn, the governor's current communicators director, said the pair provide Thompson a "a big picture thinker out of the box" - Harris - and "one of the most effective political spokeswomen in the country" - Hanretty.

Both are "seasoned in translating the benefits that someone has from working in entertainment into a political reality," he said. "For Fred Thompson, it's a very smart hire: there's not a lot of people who understand taking a national entertainment figure and translating that into political value."

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


TOPICS: Editorial; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: electionpresident; elections; fredthompson; karenhanretty; runfredrun; schwarzenegger; toddharris
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1 posted on 09/04/2007 8:40:19 PM PDT by SmithL
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To: SmithL

OK, is he in the debate or not? Was gone over the holiday, but last I heard was Chris Wallace on Fox said they had been told he would debate.

What the scoop?


2 posted on 09/04/2007 8:42:55 PM PDT by roses of sharon
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To: roses of sharon

I wouldn’t debate as long as it remains a freak show with Paul, Hunter, Tancredo...taking up valuable time for the voters to get to know the next President.


3 posted on 09/04/2007 8:45:40 PM PDT by Patrick1
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To: SmithL

This kind of bothers me. How much of the Arnold script is he going to follow?


4 posted on 09/04/2007 8:46:08 PM PDT by Duke Nukum (...no more I follow, no more obedience pay.)
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To: SmithL


A P. Diddy Fred Tour on the horizon?
5 posted on 09/04/2007 8:46:47 PM PDT by CheyennePress (Tennesseean for Romney)
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To: SmithL; trussell
Thompson plans to formally kick off his presidential bid - shaped around the themes of "security, unity and prosperity" - beginning today with a blitz that reflects his media savvy and his advantages as an actor better known to many Americans as District Attorney Arthur Branch on TV's "Law & Order."

He's an actor???

I thought he was a Senator!

I'm going to have to reevaluate my political mindset for the up and coming '08 election cycle.

Where did I go wrong?

Thank you SFC for slapping me into reality.

Last night I thought I saw a pig fly....

6 posted on 09/04/2007 8:48:19 PM PDT by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: CheyennePress

Being governor is obviously different than being President and there is nothing in Fred’s record to show he would go mush if the polls fall.


7 posted on 09/04/2007 8:48:25 PM PDT by Patrick1
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To: SmithL

This confirms some of my fears about Thompson.


8 posted on 09/04/2007 8:50:10 PM PDT by B Knotts (Tancredo '08!)
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To: EGPWS

Last actor I know of that got into the Presidential seat did a heck of a job! I think this one would too!


9 posted on 09/04/2007 8:50:23 PM PDT by trussell (Prayer is good for the soul)
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To: SmithL
Thompson, he said, "has the ability to connect with everyday working Americans."

That is as succinct a mission statement as anyone could propose. That was what Reagan did and no one has mastered it since Reagan. I do not believe Thompson is a Reagan, but no candidate in either party has really connected with the American people yet, though the MSM with its endless chatter and constant polling would like us to believe otherwise. Whether Thompson can connect with the American people remains to be seen, but whether he does or doesn't, it will not be about strategy or money raised, he will either connect or he won't and it will take but a few weeks to find out.

10 posted on 09/04/2007 8:51:16 PM PDT by Biblebelter
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To: trussell

Better Fred than Dead!


11 posted on 09/04/2007 8:51:58 PM PDT by Patrick1
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To: Duke Nukum
"How much of the Arnold script is he going to follow?"


Probably the part about getting elected.
I don't see him using the part about governing.

12 posted on 09/04/2007 8:52:14 PM PDT by dixiechick2000 (There ought to be one day-- just one-- when there is open season on senators. ~~ Will Rogers)
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To: Patrick1

>>>Being governor is obviously different than being President and there is nothing in Fred’s record to show he would go mush if the polls fall.<<<

Does this mean he will not be making an appearance with P.Diddy? :(

I was kind of liking the idea of ole Fred with big gold necklaces on. :)


13 posted on 09/04/2007 8:52:43 PM PDT by CheyennePress (Tennesseean for Romney)
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To: trussell
Last actor I know of that got into the Presidential seat did a heck of a job!

There's still more walls that need tearing down.

14 posted on 09/04/2007 8:53:19 PM PDT by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: dixiechick2000

I hope not and I certainly hope someone asks him about it several times.


15 posted on 09/04/2007 8:55:21 PM PDT by Duke Nukum (...no more I follow, no more obedience pay.)
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To: EGPWS
There's still more walls that need tearing down.

And, one very important wall to put up! I hope Fred is up to that task!

16 posted on 09/04/2007 8:57:02 PM PDT by trussell (Prayer is good for the soul)
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To: Duke Nukum

Thompson 2008!

Kill The Terrorists
Secure The Borders
Punch The Hippies


17 posted on 09/04/2007 8:57:04 PM PDT by Patrick1
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To: Duke Nukum

I couldn’t agree more, and hope this is clarified soon.


18 posted on 09/04/2007 8:57:14 PM PDT by dixiechick2000 (There ought to be one day-- just one-- when there is open season on senators. ~~ Will Rogers)
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To: Patrick1; trussell
Better Fred than Dead!

Sadly enough there are some who honestly prefer death to leadership with freedom.

19 posted on 09/04/2007 8:57:16 PM PDT by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: trussell
I hope Fred is up to that task!

Of what?

Maintaining the political status quo?

20 posted on 09/04/2007 8:59:36 PM PDT by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: dixiechick2000
“”How much of the Arnold script is he going to follow?” Probably the part about getting elected.”

Absolutely! That is a trait that too many ‘conservatives’ don’t understand. If only the right-wing kooks would sit back and let us elect a Republican president. They would rather be ‘right’ than promote an electable candidate. The only force that can deter a 2008 Republican victory are the mental midgets with their various litmus tests.

21 posted on 09/04/2007 9:03:55 PM PDT by Buffalo Head (Illigitimi non carborundum)
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To: dixiechick2000
“”How much of the Arnold script is he going to follow?” Probably the part about getting elected.”

Absolutely! That is a trait that too many ‘conservatives’ don’t understand. If only the right-wing kooks would sit back and let us elect a Republican president. They would rather be ‘right’ than promote an electable candidate. The only force that can deter a 2008 Republican victory are the mental midgets with their various litmus tests.

22 posted on 09/04/2007 9:04:09 PM PDT by Buffalo Head (Illigitimi non carborundum)
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To: B Knotts
This confirms some of my fears about Thompson.

"chuckle" Let me guess, fear is abounding in your life.

23 posted on 09/04/2007 9:06:13 PM PDT by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: SmithL

Oh, great - Schwartzenkennedy’s people let loose on the nation. God help us all.


24 posted on 09/04/2007 9:07:23 PM PDT by Saundra Duffy (Romney Rocks!!!)
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To: Buffalo Head; trussell
If only the right-wing kooks would sit back and let us elect a Republican president.

Nice conveyance Master...

I'll have to reconsider the errs of my way's.

25 posted on 09/04/2007 9:10:13 PM PDT by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: CheyennePress

Dang! Arnold looks really old in that pic!!


26 posted on 09/04/2007 9:10:35 PM PDT by bluefish (I'm Hillaryphobing...)
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To: SmithL

can fred beat hillary?


27 posted on 09/04/2007 9:10:42 PM PDT by ken21
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To: Buffalo Head

That was worth repeating. ;o)

I think we should learn to separate the campaign from actually governing.
There are plenty of people helping with campaigns with whom I don’t agree politically.
And, there are candidates with whom I agree, but who would be lousy at running campaigns.

The only demand I have is that the candidate set policy, and not his/her campaign staff.


28 posted on 09/04/2007 9:11:32 PM PDT by dixiechick2000 (There ought to be one day-- just one-- when there is open season on senators. ~~ Will Rogers)
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To: B Knotts

“This confirms some of my fears about Thompson.”

I’ve been trying to tell you guys. Giuliani was recently here and said he’d run the country like Schwarzenegger runs California. And now Fred has the governator’s people on his team. It’s a recipe for disaster. Schwarzenkennedy is a major RINO - pro choice all the way, etc.

Gag.


29 posted on 09/04/2007 9:11:40 PM PDT by Saundra Duffy (Romney Rocks!!!)
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To: EGPWS; Buffalo Head
I'll have to reconsider the errs of my way's.

Based on your tag line EGPWS, I think you have a pretty good handle on your ideals!

30 posted on 09/04/2007 9:12:51 PM PDT by trussell (Prayer is good for the soul)
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To: trussell

“And, one very important wall to put up! I hope Fred is up to that task!”

We all know who is up to the task.


31 posted on 09/04/2007 9:14:13 PM PDT by upsdriver (DUNCAN HUNTER FOR PRESIDENT!!!!)
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To: SmithL
OH NO!p>

Fred is using REPUBLICAN operatives who ran a quickly paced REPUBLICAN campaign, like the one he is about to embark on, and were SUCCESSFUL!!!

This is HORRIBLE!

What next, REPUBLICAN fund raisers?

32 posted on 09/04/2007 9:15:08 PM PDT by ejonesie22 (I don't use a sarcasm tag, it kills the effect...)
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To: Saundra Duffy
It’s a recipe for disaster.

Come '08 we'll find out. ; )

33 posted on 09/04/2007 9:16:40 PM PDT by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: ken21

I think he’s the only one that can.


34 posted on 09/04/2007 9:17:19 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: ejonesie22; trussell
What next, REPUBLICAN fund raisers?

GASP!

35 posted on 09/04/2007 9:18:24 PM PDT by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: Saundra Duffy

Do your parents know you are up this late playing on the computer...


36 posted on 09/04/2007 9:18:43 PM PDT by ejonesie22 (I don't use a sarcasm tag, it kills the effect...)
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To: Buffalo Head

How many times do you figure we’re going to fall for that schtick?

We heard it over and over in 2003, and what was the result in California? A governor even worse than Gray Davis.

I’m not totally ruling out Thompson, as I have ruled out Giuliani, but bringing on Team RINO is not encouraging.


37 posted on 09/04/2007 9:21:44 PM PDT by B Knotts (Tancredo '08!)
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To: Patrick1

“Kill The Terrorists
Secure The Borders
Punch The Hippies”

Oh, that’s Fred’s 3 legged stool approach. I see.

Mitt’s is a strong economy, strong military/national defense, and strong families.

Fred is going to need more than a few catch phrases. We’re talking the President of these United States of America here.

Don’t any of you care that Fred is the darling of the Council on Foreign Relations? Are you bedazzled by his stardom? Don’t you remember that he voted for McCain-Feingold? Don’t you care that he helped let Bill Clinton off the hook during impeachment (by voting that Bill Clinton did not lie under oath)? Aren’t you just a little embarrassed by the fact that your guy has dodged the debates?

This reminds me of when Schwarzenegger was running for gov. The republicans went ga-ga over him, all starry eyed, while the real conservatives supported Tom McClintock. Now just look at this mess! I call him Schwarzenkennedy because he might as well be a democrat.

Mitt Romney is the only candidate who can kick Hillary’s behind. Bar none. I can’t wait to see Mitt debate Hillary on health care. Talk about great theater!

Go, Mitt!


38 posted on 09/04/2007 9:23:28 PM PDT by Saundra Duffy (Romney Rocks!!!)
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To: ken21; trussell
can fred beat hillary?

Although she deserves a good beating, Fred just isn't that type of person.

He'll become President without the liberal aggressiveness so common these day's.

39 posted on 09/04/2007 9:25:27 PM PDT by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: ejonesie22

My granddaughter lets me play on the computer every once in a while. Ha!


40 posted on 09/04/2007 9:26:50 PM PDT by Saundra Duffy (Romney Rocks!!!)
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To: Saundra Duffy

Sorry, but while I fear some latent RINO-ism in Fred Thompson, it seems like cognitive dissonance to be simultaneously supporting Romney. I have a hard time buying into him as a real conservative, too.


41 posted on 09/04/2007 9:26:54 PM PDT by B Knotts (Tancredo '08!)
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To: Saundra Duffy
Fred is going to need more than a few catch phrases.

He has many good phrases however some just only catch a few of them. ; )

42 posted on 09/04/2007 9:27:26 PM PDT by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: Duke Nukum
This kind of bothers me.

Please don't be concerned. The key words here are "San Francisco Chronicle". Nothing they say should be taken with any seriousness.

43 posted on 09/04/2007 9:30:08 PM PDT by rogue yam
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To: EGPWS

“He has many good phrases however some just only catch a few of them.”

Ha! Good one.

But seriously . . . I liked what Mitt Romney said about Fred’s long awaited entrance. What’s the hurry? Take your sweet time to decide if this is what you really want to do.


44 posted on 09/04/2007 9:31:08 PM PDT by Saundra Duffy (Romney Rocks!!!)
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To: B Knotts
A governor even worse than Gray Davis.

Nein!

45 posted on 09/04/2007 9:33:14 PM PDT by rogue yam
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To: Saundra Duffy

That’s mighty sweet of her...

Is she a Mitt fan too?


46 posted on 09/04/2007 9:36:08 PM PDT by ejonesie22 (I don't use a sarcasm tag, it kills the effect...)
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To: dixiechick2000
I doubt that it can be clarified anytime soon.

Every President, and even big state Governor, is surrounded by advisers, appointees, bureaucrats, media and other elected officials who tend, on average to learn left.

A few leaders, such as Churchill, Thatcher and Reagan, turn out to have a strong foundation of understanding of the key issue of their day, unshakable by bad or misguided advice. Most leaders, even Bush to a considerable extent on domestic issues, I fear, are eventually isolated from their past connections to reality, surrounded by leftist crap, and ultimately led astray.

It is very difficult, in my view, to predict the strength of a leaders understanding and whether it will be able to resist these powerful forces for the duration of their terms in office.

47 posted on 09/04/2007 9:37:25 PM PDT by ThePythonicCow (The Greens steal in fear of pollution, The Reds in fear of greed; Fear arising from a lack of Faith.)
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To: rogue yam
Good catch.

Though do you think they lied even about the names of Thompson's advisors?

48 posted on 09/04/2007 9:39:04 PM PDT by ThePythonicCow (The Greens steal in fear of pollution, The Reds in fear of greed; Fear arising from a lack of Faith.)
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To: Saundra Duffy
Mitt would really like that. Of course he is not alone, I am sure Rudy would love for Fred to go away as well...

And Duncan

And Tanc

etc.


49 posted on 09/04/2007 9:39:24 PM PDT by ejonesie22 (I don't use a sarcasm tag, it kills the effect...)
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To: Saundra Duffy

Running a campaign is vastly different from governing.

I don’t think Fred will govern in any way, shape or form like Ahnold has.

Thankfully, the USA is NOT California, and Fred won’t have to campaign as if it is.


50 posted on 09/04/2007 9:40:47 PM PDT by dixiechick2000 (There ought to be one day-- just one-- when there is open season on senators. ~~ Will Rogers)
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