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All In (Fred Thompson moves to Iowa)
Weekly Standard ^ | 12/7/07 | Stephen Hayes

Posted on 12/08/2007 4:06:27 PM PST by cotton1706

Des Moines, Iowa FORMER TENNESSEE SENATOR Fred Thompson has decided to take his campaign and virtually all of its resources to Iowa in an all-or-nothing attempt to register a strong showing in the caucuses here on January 3. "We're getting ready to make this not only our second home, but our first home," he told a small gathering of supporters at the Polk County Convention Center on Friday night. Thompson and his wife Jeri chatted with the crowd before making their way through the exhibits at the Iowa Farm Bureau's annual meeting in downtown Des Moines.

Beginning Monday, December 17, Thompson will launch a bus tour that will take him throughout the state. From the beginning of that trip through caucus night, Thompson will essentially live in Iowa, taking only a one-day trip out of the state to celebrate Christmas at his home in Virginia.

Thompson has said publicly that he needs to finish in the top three in Iowa. Campaign officials say that a strong third place finish--presumably behind new frontrunner Mike Huckabee and former frontrunner Mitt Romney--would likely give them enough momentum to survive New Hampshire and compete in South Carolina and beyond. A second place finish would be a victory. "Just when the interest is there the greatest, is when we'll be here the most."

Neither McCain nor Giuliani appears to be making a major effort in Iowa, though there are persistent reports that Giuliani is doing whatever under-the-radar things he can--like mail--to keep his name in circulation without looking like he's trying too hard. That leaves Thompson alone to compete with Romney and Huckabee, two candidates without national security experience, in Iowa.

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TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: elections; fredthompson; ia2008; stephenhayes
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To: Viking2002

That has exactly been the problem with him. I like for his Senate record, but come on!!! The campaign has been nothing short of horrific since he entered the race. In fact, his slow entry itself put me to half sleep, and he helped me complete the other half with his campaign since his late entry.

I am still undecided, but will likely pull for Mitt if things continue the way they are.


51 posted on 12/08/2007 5:39:33 PM PST by indianrightwinger
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To: indianrightwinger

I guess I don’t get the people who say his campaign has been “horrific.” As far as I can tell, Fred has been speaking eloquent words reflecting the true ideals of conservatism. The only way I can see that anyone thinks his campaign has been that bad is if they listen to the what the “pundits” are saying. Since when do we let overpaid talking heads decide who should be OUR next president?


52 posted on 12/08/2007 5:52:20 PM PST by GnL
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To: GnL

I live in CA and get to have a LATE say in the nomination process. We shall see if voters think Fred can win it against the devil beatch.


53 posted on 12/08/2007 5:58:45 PM PST by indianrightwinger
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To: Viking2002
Unfair criticism of Fred. He just found out about Iowa Yesterday!
54 posted on 12/08/2007 6:00:15 PM PST by topfile
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To: RockinRight

Not too fast, but Fred is going to give him a “nudge”...


55 posted on 12/08/2007 6:02:50 PM PST by ejonesie22 (In America all people have a right to be wrong, some just exercise it a bit much...)
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To: indianrightwinger

I really think we should all be voting on the same day. Iowa and NH should not be the bellweathers for the majority of the nation.


56 posted on 12/08/2007 6:05:31 PM PST by GnL
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To: papasmurf

I love it when a plan comes together...

57 posted on 12/08/2007 6:06:45 PM PST by ejonesie22 (In America all people have a right to be wrong, some just exercise it a bit much...)
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To: We Dare Defend Our Rights; All
Ah, that is the beauty of it all, Fred does not have to break Huck's momentum, just give it a little shove here and there...

Huck is a controlled implosion waiting to happen...

58 posted on 12/08/2007 6:09:00 PM PST by ejonesie22 (In America all people have a right to be wrong, some just exercise it a bit much...)
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To: Bobbisox

Huck will prove to be a great gift to Thompson...


59 posted on 12/08/2007 6:11:05 PM PST by ejonesie22 (In America all people have a right to be wrong, some just exercise it a bit much...)
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To: cotton1706

One for the money, two for the show. I sent my Thompson donation so I hope so....


60 posted on 12/08/2007 6:19:34 PM PST by ONEBYEONE (u)
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To: HAL9000
Or campaign in both states until the primaries.
He could at least spend a day or 2 in NH.
61 posted on 12/08/2007 6:26:34 PM PST by Prophet in the wilderness (PSALM .53 : 1 The FOOL hath said in his heart, there is no GOD.)
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To: Route66
In Huck’s case , the MSM is Judas
62 posted on 12/08/2007 6:35:32 PM PST by Prophet in the wilderness (PSALM .53 : 1 The FOOL hath said in his heart, there is no GOD.)
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To: cotton1706

I suspect he will take votes away from Romney not Huckabee. I think this could help Thompson immensely to spend time in Iowa. It will certainly make the campaign more interesting.


63 posted on 12/08/2007 7:01:49 PM PST by Sola Veritas (Trying to speak truth - not always with the best grammar or spelling)
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To: ejonesie22

You may be right about that! It’s Christmas...it may very well be a gift to all of us! It is the time of year for just such a miracle for WE THE PEOPLE!

That’s a big FRED THOMPSON (true Conservative Federalist) - NATIONAL SECURITY EXPERIENCE (I’ll do whatever it takes to stop the bastards) - 2ND AMENDMENT ADVOCATE (arm everyone and the criminals will back off) - SECURE THE BORDERS (starve the bastards and they will go home) - LAW AND ORDER (enforcement first and foremost) - SOCIAL SECURITY REFORM (the program can’t sustain itself) - DEFEAT THE DEMOCRAT (any fool they put up) - PING!


64 posted on 12/08/2007 7:02:24 PM PST by Bobbisox (ALL AMERICAN GRANDMA FREEPER FredHEAD! The Hunt for a FRED November is on! Don't be fooled!)
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To: ejonesie22
Huck is a controlled implosion waiting to happen...

The Huckabubble will burst soon...

65 posted on 12/08/2007 7:18:15 PM PST by jellybean (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/keyword?k=dailyfread Proud Ann-droid and a Steyn-aholic)
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To: cotton1706
Huckabee and Romney are posers...even interlopers...in the GOP.

Neither man is fit for the office.

Fred and Rudy are the real deal, and represent the two core wings of the party.

66 posted on 12/08/2007 8:13:18 PM PST by Mariner
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To: Viking2002

I’ve witnessed him in person twice now. Believe me he’s got a pulse.

When he speaks he hits the nail on the head on EVERY single issue that is important to conservatives.


67 posted on 12/08/2007 8:17:21 PM PST by 2111USMC
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To: cotton1706

FRed is the one, it’s obvious to most everyone here, but it’s such a ridiculous process to get there, man. You gotta campaign like a madman in Dirtball City, Iowa to have a chance at the nomination of the national party?! I bet the French, whatever you think of them, do it better.


68 posted on 12/08/2007 8:22:32 PM PST by Revolting cat! (We all need someone we can bleed on...)
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To: cotton1706
We were at a Fred caucus preparation meeting this morning. I was actually quite shocked to learn that in the State of Iowa approximately 70% of the registered voters had not even made a final decision yet!

And, as was posted earlier, even a 2nd or 3rd place finish will keep up the momentum. Of course, all of us going to the caucus for Fred are aiming for 1st place.

69 posted on 12/08/2007 8:25:00 PM PST by 2111USMC
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To: 2111USMC
Thank you for going to the caucus for Fred. I was willing to bet the undecided numbers were high, but 70% is amazing. This is a real opening for Fred.

...and 1st would be nice!

70 posted on 12/08/2007 8:29:33 PM PST by Route66 (America's Main Street - - - Fred D. Thompson / Consistent Conservative...The One with Gravitas)
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To: stevem

Its getting a bit tiresome, eh ?


71 posted on 12/09/2007 12:25:36 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (ENERGY CRISIS made in Washington D. C.)
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To: ejonesie22

“On other thought occurred to me. They maybe seeing the possibility of a Huck implosion on the near horizon, much sooner than they had hoped, so maybe it has forced a move in a way. No need to go backwards just because Huck could not sustain.”

I had the same thought. I think that this move has a lot to do with him seeing an opportunity. Huck has had a ton of bad news come out. He’s not smart enough and not loaded up with enough money to sustain his current support with that kind of press, so Thompson has an opportunity here.

1. Kill the “fraud” off. Get Huck essentially out of the race now

2. Take up Huck’s support and the support that has been peeled off of Romney, McCain and Rudy

3. Get on the national media radar. They are all in Iowa, so play the game on your terms and with your timing.


72 posted on 12/09/2007 2:48:50 AM PST by phothus
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To: Grimmy
There’s only so much cash to spend on campaigns and the quicker you start spending it, the harder it gets to keep any around for a strong finish.

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Which will work to Fred's advantage, I hope. His campaign has been likened many times to the fable of the tortoise and the hare. It seems that may be an apt comparison.

73 posted on 12/09/2007 4:27:23 AM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: basil
Now is the time for all Fredheads to send in fresh contributions! Spending this month in Iowa could come close to depleting his coffers!

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You're right.

74 posted on 12/09/2007 4:29:19 AM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: 2111USMC
I’ve witnessed him in person twice now. Believe me he’s got a pulse.

When he speaks he hits the nail on the head on EVERY single issue that is important to conservatives.

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Thank you for sharing your experience. I think Fred does very well on camera, but it's great to hear from those who have actually seen him speak.

75 posted on 12/09/2007 4:36:03 AM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: Sybeck1
"...It’s terrible that just a couple of states get to chose who will be on the ballot for the leader of the free world..."

In New Hampshire, Fred never began to have a chance.

:-(

76 posted on 12/09/2007 5:18:14 AM PST by Does so (...against all enemies, DOMESTIC and foreign...)
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To: 2111USMC

Bump to the top! Thanks for the info and post.


77 posted on 12/09/2007 9:34:50 AM PST by prairiebreeze (Fred '08 Because our troops DESERVE BETTER than Mrs. Bill Clinton.)
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To: Bobbisox

Don’t forget:

TAX SIMPLIFICATION.


78 posted on 12/09/2007 10:31:48 AM PST by stevestras
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To: cotton1706
All or nothing—Fred Thompson???

Okey doke-—we are still waiting.

At this late point he needs to boldly differentiate himself with the others specifically Huckabee. Huck is nice man but the Clinton machine will make mincemeat from him.

Maybe his timing is right...

79 posted on 12/09/2007 10:36:44 AM PST by eleni121 ((+ En Touto Nika! By this sign conquer! + Constantine the Great)
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To: stevestras

That’s a big FRED THOMPSON (true Conservative Federalist) - NATIONAL SECURITY EXPERIENCE (I’ll do whatever it takes to stop the bastards) - 2ND AMENDMENT ADVOCATE (arm everyone and the criminals will back off) - SECURE THE BORDERS (starve the bastards and they will go home) - LAW AND ORDER (enforcement first and foremost) - SOCIAL SECURITY REFORM (the program can’t sustain itself) - DEFEAT THE DEMOCRAT (any fool they put up) – TAX SIMPLIFICATION (choice for the tax payer) - PING!

Covered!


80 posted on 12/09/2007 11:15:50 AM PST by Bobbisox (ALL AMERICAN GRANDMA FREEPER FredHEAD! The Hunt for a FRED November is on! Don't be fooled!)
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To: eleni121
Huck shot himself in the foot badly this week in Iowa with his push-poll.

It was far reaching and not received well by Iowa voters.

GO FRED!!

81 posted on 12/09/2007 11:54:09 AM PST by 2111USMC
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To: trisham
How is Fred’s campaign funds holding up compared to the other campaigns ?
82 posted on 12/09/2007 7:38:11 PM PST by Prophet in the wilderness (PSALM .53 : 1 The FOOL hath said in his heart, there is no GOD.)
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To: cotton1706

Thompson is currently trading at 1.5 on Intrade to win the Iowa nomination, just 0.4 ahead of the field (Hunter).

Winner of 2008 Republican Iowa Caucus
REP.IOWA.HUCKABEE
Mike Huckabee to Win M 70.0 75.7 70.0 762 +4.4
REP.IOWA.ROMNEY
Mitt Romney to Win M 22.3 32.6 23.3 733 -6.9
REP.IOWA.GIULIANI
Rudy Giuliani to Win M 0.4 2.4 1.5 375 -0.3
REP.IOWA.MCCAIN
John McCain to Win M 0.1 1.6 0.5 130 0
REP.IOWA.THOMPSON(F)
Fred Thompson to Win M 0.5 4.0 1.5 215 0
REP.IOWA.GINGRICH
Newt Gingrich to Win M - 0.1 0.1 0 0
REP.IOWA.HAGEL
Chuck Hagel to Win M - 0.1 0.1 0 0
REP.IOWA.FIELD
Field (any other individual) to Win M 1.1 4.4 1.1 241 0

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If the liberal evangelical Huckabee can take the lead from out of nowhere, so can Hunter the true conservative evangelical.

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Why the smart money is on Duncan Hunter
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1926032/posts


83 posted on 12/09/2007 10:08:52 PM PST by Kevmo (We should withdraw from Iraq via Tehran. And Duncan Hunter is just the man to get that job done.)
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To: Bobbisox

Thanks.

I’m all for Fred now.


84 posted on 12/10/2007 5:16:22 AM PST by stevestras
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To: stevestras

From your keyboard to God’s ears!

I think the MSM is in for a very BIG surprise. They have all done absolutely everyting they can to drive FRED’s numbers down. Those here in FreeRepublic know the truth and will just be patient!

FRED THOMPSON is without a doubt the best candidate with a real chance. No coverage whatsoever, even when he is in 3rd place in Iowa.


85 posted on 12/10/2007 5:42:03 PM PST by Bobbisox (ALL AMERICAN GRANDMA FREEPER FredHEAD! The Hunt for a FRED November is on! Don't be fooled!)
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