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Fred Thompson announces candidacy for president
CNN ^ | September 5, 2007 | Candy Crowley and John King

Posted on 09/05/2007 7:56:05 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

After spending months testing the waters for a presidential run, Sen. Fred Thompson has made his candidacy official.

"I am running for president of the United States," he said during a taping of NBC's "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," drawing applause and cheers from the audience.

Thompson will also talk about his decision to join the race for the Republican presidential nomination in a webcast scheduled to go online early Thursday.

A five-day campaign tour will follow Thompson's announcement, sources said last week.

Thompson will stump in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Florida. Then it's on to Lawrenceburg, Tennessee -- his hometown -- for a "homecoming" on September 15, the sources said.

Political observers say Thompson may be late entering the race. The first voting is only four months away and the others have been in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and beyond for months.

"Expectations are sky high, which means he better perform flawlessly out of the box or a lot of people are going to start grumbling that he's not the great savior we thought he was," said Republican pollster Whit Ayres.

Thompson created a fundraising committee that allowed him to begin raising money for a possible presidential campaign on June 1. He's angling for a conservative base that hasn't coalesced around one candidate.

During his speeches this summer, he has promised his commitment to outlaw abortion is more than lip service.

"I don't think as the president you can do anything halfway," Thompson said in August.

On Iraq, he's in no rush to talk about bringing troops home. "Right now we need to make every effort to make sure that we don't get run out of there with our tails between our legs," Thompson said.

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


TOPICS: Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: abortion; alreadyposted; castyoureyesright; electionpresident; elections; fredthompson; gop; ia2008; iraq; jayleno; nh2008; primaries; prolife; republicans; seebreakingnews
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Who the heck is Whit Ayres?! Good ol' Clinton News Network (CNN)!
1 posted on 09/05/2007 7:56:06 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

bump


2 posted on 09/05/2007 7:56:56 PM PDT by jedward (I'm not sure you meant, what I understand...or maybe you did.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Good luck Fred. At least you are trying.


3 posted on 09/05/2007 7:57:17 PM PDT by edcoil (Reality doesn't say much - doesn't need too)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I have been scanning YouTube for a clip of The Announcement. What I found was, EVERY Fred Thompson clip I saw on YouTube is getting spammed. The comments are mostly from Ron Paul supporters (so they state).


4 posted on 09/05/2007 7:59:50 PM PDT by Old Sarge (This tagline in memory of FReeper 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Renounce your membership in the Council On Foreign Relations and maybe I’ll consider you Fred...till then, nada.


5 posted on 09/05/2007 8:00:21 PM PDT by Hornet19 (It's Time to Put Up or Shut Up...Where Do You Stand?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; Politicalmom; fieldmarshaldj; LdSentinal; NewRomeTacitus; NonValueAdded; ...

All eyes will be on Jay Leno tonight.


6 posted on 09/05/2007 8:02:25 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued (Illegal aliens commit crimes that Americans won't commit)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Time to start whippin’ some Clinton @ss.
7 posted on 09/05/2007 8:03:45 PM PDT by oyez (Justa' another high minded lowlife.)
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To: Hornet19
Council On Foreign Relations

You have no idea what the CFR is or isn't do you.

8 posted on 09/05/2007 8:04:04 PM PDT by A_Tradition_Continues (THE NEXT GENERATION CONSERVATIVE)
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To: Hornet19

“Renounce your membership in the Council On Foreign Relations and maybe I’ll consider you Fred...till then, nada.”

Paranoia is a dangerous motivator when it comes to determining ones vote.


9 posted on 09/05/2007 8:05:12 PM PDT by traderrob6
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Didn’t Whit Ayres play Marlo’s daddy on “That Girl” ?


10 posted on 09/05/2007 8:05:23 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~~~Jihad Fever -- Catch It !~~~ (Backup tag: "Live Fred or Die"))
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Another story,

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0907/5665.html

A key adviser said the two biggest issues motivating Thompson are “Islamic radicalism and the threat of terrorism reaching our shores,” and a sense that “politics has broken down in the domestic arena, too.”

Thompson plans to announce some politically dicey policies, including a plan to overhaul a system of entitlements — Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid — that some experts argue is not financially sustainable.


Loser 9/10 issues. Sounds like the effect of throwing off his younger supporters for the old guard. If he mentions anything about “privatization” of social security he’s finished.


11 posted on 09/05/2007 8:05:40 PM PDT by Shermy
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To: Clintonfatigued

Too bad it ain’t Johnny Carson. :-(


12 posted on 09/05/2007 8:06:01 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~~~Jihad Fever -- Catch It !~~~ (Backup tag: "Live Fred or Die"))
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To: Old Sarge

The clip will be on http://www.Fred08.com as of midnight!


13 posted on 09/05/2007 8:09:01 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (Our next president: Fred Thompson!! http://www.ImWithFred.com)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

What a class act Johnny was—he was the best and there will never be anyone like him. I miss him.


14 posted on 09/05/2007 8:09:24 PM PDT by Snoopers-868th
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To: Old Sarge

Rue Paul showed his true colors tonight.

They run.

His short stature reflects the length of the bus his followers went to school on. Damned short.


15 posted on 09/05/2007 8:09:30 PM PDT by LesbianThespianGymnasticMidget (In regards to Ron Paul, Please see http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/1889318/posts)
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To: Clintonfatigued

-so who’s going to win the morning talk shows?


16 posted on 09/05/2007 8:10:00 PM PDT by tioga
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Blog Reactions...developing..
17 posted on 09/05/2007 8:10:22 PM PDT by Jay777 (My personal blog: www.stoptheaclu.com)
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To: fieldmarshaldj; Politicalmom; jellybean

FRed got more airtime during the debate than half the candidates on stage got all night! They couldn’t stop talking about him...right out of the gate it was “Fred Thompson.....”


18 posted on 09/05/2007 8:10:37 PM PDT by FlashBack (WoundedWarriorProject.Org)
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To: topher
Go, Fred Go! Time to start up the ol' Red Pickup going!
19 posted on 09/05/2007 8:13:56 PM PDT by topher (Let us return to old-fashioned morality - morality that has stood the test of time...)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

20 posted on 09/05/2007 8:14:34 PM PDT by The Pack Knight (Duty, Honor, Country.)
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To: Shermy
Loser 9/10 issues. Sounds like the effect of throwing off his younger supporters for the old guard. If he mentions anything about “privatization” of social security he’s finished.

Did you forget a sarc tag? I ask in all seriousness.

21 posted on 09/05/2007 8:14:40 PM PDT by mplsconservative
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To: A_Tradition_Continues

yep, your right, i’m just a moonbat. Why don’t you enlighten me on just exactly what the CFR is and it’s plan for the betterment of the United States? I’m open-minded, give me an education on your understanding.


22 posted on 09/05/2007 8:14:48 PM PDT by Hornet19 (It's Time to Put Up or Shut Up...Where Do You Stand?)
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To: traderrob6

So is ignorance, my FRiend.


23 posted on 09/05/2007 8:15:34 PM PDT by Hornet19 (It's Time to Put Up or Shut Up...Where Do You Stand?)
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To: mplsconservative

“Did you forget a sarc tag? I ask in all seriousness.”

Nope.

Did you forget what happened to Bush when he pressed privatization?


24 posted on 09/05/2007 8:15:55 PM PDT by Shermy
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To: topher
Today is the 10th Anniversary of the Death of Mother Teresa of Calcutta.

Maybe this is a good sign that it is today that he chose to announce.

Maybe he will be instrumental in saving a number of lives -- unborn babies that were so dear to Mother Teresa...

25 posted on 09/05/2007 8:16:31 PM PDT by topher (Let us return to old-fashioned morality - morality that has stood the test of time...)
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To: Snoopers-868th

Yup, and ditto for Jack Paar, too. I miss Letterman’s NBC show, before he turned into left-wing Hillary-butt-kissing, Bush-bashing a$$hole on C-BS.


26 posted on 09/05/2007 8:17:45 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~~~Jihad Fever -- Catch It !~~~ (Backup tag: "Live Fred or Die"))
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To: Shermy

I don’t think President Bush explained it well enough. I know a lot of people that are concerned about this issue.


27 posted on 09/05/2007 8:18:25 PM PDT by mplsconservative
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To: Old Sarge

Every town has a few houses where the townsfolk in general think of the occupants as crazy people. Although I do not know who I will support I have noticed Ron Paul signs in a few of these yards. They are the only signs for a Presidential candidate in this town that have gone up this early. ‘Nuff said.


28 posted on 09/05/2007 8:18:33 PM PDT by badpacifist ("I don't think you understand these boys killed my dog" Bob Lee Swagger)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

29 posted on 09/05/2007 8:18:59 PM PDT by There You Go Again
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I don’t know if anyone noticed but Fred hasn’t looking very healthy lately. He looks like he’s lost weight and very pale.


30 posted on 09/05/2007 8:19:41 PM PDT by RetSignman (DEMSM: "If you tell a big enough lie, frequently enough, it becomes the truth")
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To: Shermy

Yeah, he was reelected, right?


31 posted on 09/05/2007 8:20:20 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (Our next president: Fred Thompson!! http://www.ImWithFred.com)
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To: Hornet19

Let’s see here, membership in the CFR has included Ronald Reagan, Condi Rice, Dick Cheney,and Newt Gingrich to name a few. Yep, Fred should NEVER associate with liberals like those. /s


32 posted on 09/05/2007 8:20:47 PM PDT by stockstrader (We need a conservative nominee who will UNITE the Party, not a liberal one who will DIVIDE it!)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

I agree regarding Jack Parr but Letterman has never really stirred my interest. He is just tooo full of himself. Conan is another one that I thought might be good but he even fails. He is just too childish and silly.


33 posted on 09/05/2007 8:21:05 PM PDT by Snoopers-868th
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To: The Pack Knight

“Punch the Hippies?” LOL!


34 posted on 09/05/2007 8:21:16 PM PDT by july4thfreedomfoundation (My number one goal in life is to leave a bigger carbon footprint than Al Gore.)
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To: Shermy
Did you forget what happened to Bush when he pressed privatization?

Bush is a miserable, pathetic communicator. Fred is not.

35 posted on 09/05/2007 8:23:03 PM PDT by lesser_satan (FRED THOMPSON '08)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I talked about Fred with my couzin. One who doesn't pay a lot of attention to politics, but is a reasonably smart guy for being related to me.

He likes Fred from Law and Order.

Fred is the only guy (including Hillary) he would vote for.

And when I explained Fred's voting against the federal .08 DUI standard, he liked it. He remembers what the 10th Amendment means.

Yeah, that's one data point. But elections are won one voter at a time.

36 posted on 09/05/2007 8:23:56 PM PDT by dirtboy (Chertoff needs to move out of DC, not move to Justice.)
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To: FlashBack

Bringing more attention to Fred doesn’t sound like a good plan to me. Maybe they just can’t help it. :p


37 posted on 09/05/2007 8:24:21 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: mplsconservative

“I don’t think President Bush explained it well enough.”

He doesn’t explain much well - that’s not just me, Romney’s said that too. Then he takes responsibility for Katrina, which wasn’t his fault.

“I know a lot of people that are concerned about this issue.”

It’s not an issue to win an election on. What people want to hear is “fighting corruption” “getting off oil/oil prices down” and firm comments and commitments on illegal immigration - though not browbeating on that issue. Again, that’s not me projecting my views. On Iraq people are troubled, they just want to win, or get it over with.


38 posted on 09/05/2007 8:24:49 PM PDT by Shermy
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To: A_Tradition_Continues
A_Tradition_Continues:

Are you a member of the CFR? Are you accredited somehow to be privy to all of their goings on? Are you a defender of the CFR?

I take it that we have come to the place that “conservative” does not include national sovereignty, national borders, or openness as to the global/international intents of our leaders. Too much is going on in secret involving globally powerful we did not elect to represent us, influencing people we did.

39 posted on 09/05/2007 8:25:36 PM PDT by John Leland 1789
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To: RetSignman
I don’t know if anyone noticed but Fred hasn’t looking very healthy lately. He looks like he’s lost weight and very pale.

Only a handful of Mitt supporters who have been spewing it ad-nauseum for the last 3 weeks, it seems.

40 posted on 09/05/2007 8:26:20 PM PDT by lesser_satan (FRED THOMPSON '08)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Why is the word “president” lower-case early in this brief article? Whatever happened to “grammar-checkers” before articles go before the general public? Both “grammar” and “facts” have been a problem for the mainstream media for several years now, and political correctness is to blame for the lack of both “grammar-checkers” and “fact-checkers” from within the mainstream media for several years now and counting.


41 posted on 09/05/2007 8:27:05 PM PDT by johnthebaptistmoore
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To: RetSignman
I don’t know if anyone noticed but Fred hasn’t looking very healthy lately. He looks like he’s lost weight and very pale.

Why do you guys run around posting this stuff verbatim?

Find an original phraseology and maybe you'd be mildly entertaining.

42 posted on 09/05/2007 8:28:01 PM PDT by mplsconservative
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To: Shermy; okie01
It’s not an issue to win an election on.

I normally don't disagree with you much. But I disagree here.

I think a lot of people realize that the current political situation is untenable. But no politician has the stones to basically go all in on these issues. Fred apparently is willing to make the ultimate bet. Time will tell if he has properly calculated the odds, but I think he realizes that the time is right for some political castor oil to be administered to the body politic.

43 posted on 09/05/2007 8:30:57 PM PDT by dirtboy (Chertoff needs to move out of DC, not move to Justice.)
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To: FlashBack

Yawn..another Neo con.


44 posted on 09/05/2007 8:31:24 PM PDT by mazza
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“Yeah, he was reelected, right?”

Yes, but...

He pushed privatization after that reelection. Remember his “I’m going to use my political capital” speech? One of the odd ball things about that debate is there was no bill, yet he kept urging passage of it. The bill was a ghost. There were strange times he was blaming Democrats for not offering a bill in response to the ghost bill.

I think what might have happened is that when the dice were cast the brokerages backed out, realizing the additional scrutiny and regulation from the government would be when the government was turning over funds to them. Also there is a Hillary-Care-type dilemma which favored certain HMOs over others. The brokerage losers would create an ad campaign against the privileged winners, like happened with Hillary Care.

A funny chapter - Schwab vocally dropped its support for any such bill. Months later the Dems staged a protest at Schwab headquarters. They didn’t get the message.


45 posted on 09/05/2007 8:35:04 PM PDT by Shermy
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Habemus Papam.


46 posted on 09/05/2007 8:35:30 PM PDT by Mad_Tom_Rackham (Elections have consequences.)
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To: Shermy

I agree on Iraq. I want to win, bigtime, and I think Fred is ready to take it to the terrorists. That (I hope) will be his main focus. Shutting down illegal immigration is a huge part of clamping down on the terrorist threat.

I just don’t agree that privatization of SS is going to be one of his huge “talking points”, but I do believe he is sincere about it and it is an important issue to younger voters.

So eh, it’s early and we’ll see how the strategy evolves. It’s going to be an interesting ride.


47 posted on 09/05/2007 8:36:14 PM PDT by mplsconservative
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To: Snoopers-868th

I enjoyed his gonzo show in the ‘80s, but he’s just a sorry spectacle today. He needs to hang it up.


48 posted on 09/05/2007 8:36:26 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~~~Jihad Fever -- Catch It !~~~ (Backup tag: "Live Fred or Die"))
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To: johnthebaptistmoore
...and political correctness is to blame for the lack of both “grammar-checkers” and “fact-checkers” from within the mainstream media for several years now....

LOL. Layoffs and red ink may be responsible.

49 posted on 09/05/2007 8:38:44 PM PDT by bluefish (I'm Hillaryphobing...)
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To: Hornet19

Calling me ignorant in one breath and friend in the next. You are one piece of work.


50 posted on 09/05/2007 8:38:55 PM PDT by traderrob6
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