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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: 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.


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
Mike Huckabee to Win M 70.0 75.7 70.0 762 +4.4
Mitt Romney to Win M 22.3 32.6 23.3 733 -6.9
Rudy Giuliani to Win M 0.4 2.4 1.5 375 -0.3
John McCain to Win M 0.1 1.6 0.5 130 0
Fred Thompson to Win M 0.5 4.0 1.5 215 0
Newt Gingrich to Win M - 0.1 0.1 0 0
Chuck Hagel to Win M - 0.1 0.1 0 0
Field (any other individual) to Win M 1.1 4.4 1.1 241 0



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




Why the smart money is on Duncan Hunter

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


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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