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Thompson is running low on options
Politico ^ | 12/20/2007 | Jonathan Martin

Posted on 12/21/2007 5:44:36 PM PST by devere

DAVENPORT, Iowa — Fred Thompson’s plan is simple: Get on a bus and haul around to some 50 Iowa towns and cities between now and Jan. 3.

It’s the only option he has.

Thompson has little money left in bank and has had to slash his television presence here to a level well below that of Mitt Romney and Mike Huckabee. His cash crunch is so severe that he’s even had to freeze his direct mail plan.

So now, for the next two weeks before the caucuses, he'll be largely living off the land.

Thompson fell in the polls as Mike Huckabee rose — in seeming direct correlation to one another. One network pulled their embedded reporter from the Thompson beat and another network divided their embed between the two candidates.

But a different Fred Thompson showed up at the GOP debate last week outside Des Moines. The funny, commanding performance turned some heads, perhaps not the least of which that of conservative Iowa congressman Steve King, who threw his support to Thompson in a press conference Monday.

King’s support, and Thompson’s debate showing, also caught the eye of veteran Des Moines Register columnist David Yepsen, who made the case this week that Thompson should not be counted out.

The confluence of events has combined to give Thompson aides at least the appearance of optimism.

“The important thing for Thompson was to get into the mix in this final fortnight,” said senior adviser Rich Galen. “He needed to be part of the conversation. And that has happened.”

So now they’re trying to capitalize.

Thompson’s bus tour is aimed less at retail, one-on-one politicking than at earning media attention to compensate for his lack of ads and direct mail.

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


TOPICS: Politics/Elections; US: Iowa
KEYWORDS: fredthompson; ia2008; jonathanmartin; politico
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Fred needs our help.
1 posted on 12/21/2007 5:44:38 PM PST by devere
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To: devere

I love Fred but he is a day late and a dollar short its over

Hillary will be the last president of the United States


2 posted on 12/21/2007 5:46:35 PM PST by al baby (Hi mom)
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To: devere

He got a contribution from me today.


3 posted on 12/21/2007 5:48:18 PM PST by Jet Jaguar (Who would the terrorists vote for?)
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To: devere

Place a lot of stock in the former WaPo boys, do you?


4 posted on 12/21/2007 5:48:41 PM PST by Clara Lou (Thompson '08)
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To: devere

Yes he does. This race is far from over. Go Fred.


5 posted on 12/21/2007 5:49:04 PM PST by Parley Baer
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To: al baby
I love Fred but he is a day late and a dollar short its over

Agree.

6 posted on 12/21/2007 5:53:14 PM PST by Jorge
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To: al baby

So send him a dollar and can the doom and gloom.


7 posted on 12/21/2007 5:53:48 PM PST by Tanniker Smith (wee fish ewe a mare egrets moose panda hippo gnu deer)
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To: devere
Fred Thompson’s plan is simple: Get on a bus and haul around to some 50 Iowa towns and cities between now and Jan. 3. It’s the only option he has.

They criticize Fred when he's not out campaigning. Now they criticize Fred when he's out campaigning.

Thompson has little money left in bank...

Source?

8 posted on 12/21/2007 5:54:04 PM PST by FreeReign
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To: Parley Baer

The race is over when he says it’s over, and that will be when he can’t even pay the gas for the bus — let alone the hotel bills. Clearly, that will be soon.


9 posted on 12/21/2007 5:55:43 PM PST by Owen
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To: devere

Option #1: endorse DUNCAN HUNTER


10 posted on 12/21/2007 5:56:07 PM PST by Fitzcarraldo
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To: al baby
I love Fred but he is a day late and a dollar short its over

Hillary will be the last president of the United States

Great post!

Fred really must win Iowa to have a chance, and that looks unlikely. Romney & McCain, on the other hand, could lose Iowa and still win. Huckabee must win Iowa to get the nomination. If he does get the nomination, your second statement becomes scary.

11 posted on 12/21/2007 5:56:07 PM PST by outofstyle (My Ride's Here)
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To: al baby

“Hillary will be the last president of the United States”

Hillary’s not even going to be nominated! The opposition will be Obama, or possibly Edwards.

Fred will beat them, but first we have to nominate him.

And we will!

Go Fred!


12 posted on 12/21/2007 5:56:31 PM PST by devere
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To: devere

FWIW, Strategic Vision had Fred up today in Iowa.


13 posted on 12/21/2007 5:56:44 PM PST by Norman Bates
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To: al baby

“I love Fred but he is a day late and a dollar short its over. Hillary will be the last president of the United States”

Don’t give up yet. Things are just getting started and Fred’s support is growing daily. The MSM just does not want to talk about it, but in about a week they will have to start talking about it for sure! :)


14 posted on 12/21/2007 5:57:31 PM PST by seekthetruth
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To: devere

I like your spirit!


15 posted on 12/21/2007 5:58:08 PM PST by Norman Bates
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To: FreeReign

Fred should be the natural home of conservatives. The Huckster is phony on most issues, notably foreign affairs and border security. He’s only solid on social issues. But so is Fred.


16 posted on 12/21/2007 5:59:40 PM PST by Vigilanteman (Are there any men left in Washington? Or are there only cowards? Ahmad Shah Massoud)
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To: Fitzcarraldo

LOL- the endorsements go up, not down. ;^)


17 posted on 12/21/2007 6:00:27 PM PST by Norman Bates
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To: devere

“Fred really must win Iowa to have a chance”

Fred need to win South Carolina. To do that he needs to do well in Iowa and be recognized as a top-tier candidate. It is still doable.

So let’s do it!


18 posted on 12/21/2007 6:00:44 PM PST by devere
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To: devere

wow, it did not take long for politico to become the “clean” hit machine.

This is the second hit piece spining the accepted template.


19 posted on 12/21/2007 6:03:45 PM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: Jet Jaguar

got one from me also.. I send monthly but kicked a little more from my SSI money today.


20 posted on 12/21/2007 6:04:11 PM PST by primatreat ( Hold political and scientific idiots responsible by taking there money and glory away!)
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To: devere

Poor Fred...he just started way to late. He doesn’t have the type of an organization set up one needs when running for president. That cost lots of $$$’s. And it’s just way too late now.


21 posted on 12/21/2007 6:05:20 PM PST by shield (A wise man's heart is at his RIGHT hand;but a fool's heart at his LEFT. Ecc 10:2)
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To: Jorge
Don’t understand how he is late. He was in before the election which is too friggen long already.

It’s really too bad Fred does not listen to his detractors that seem to only offer communists, socialist, and wack jobs.

We are electing a CEO to a corporation that runs one third of an equal branch of our government. A balanced, thinking man, not the leader of the free world as we have little/no say in how they run their countries.

When you look at the board room, who do you want making those decisions and discussing issues with our other two equal branches of government? Huck, nope, Paul, nope, Rudy, nope, Einstein once said “you cannot get out of a problem with the same mindset that got you into it in the first place so he’s out since he is actually part of the problem, McCain - one of the most corrupt senators in our history, nope, Hunter, maybe but little exposure to the American people and doubt he could win the state. San Diego is heavy military so he gets elected there. Mitt, I like, don’t care about religion, never met a bad Mormon so he could work, would prefer Fred as Pres and Mitt as VP, Fred do one term and Mitt run for two..

Maybe the author is right, the only option for America is for Fred to win. The real question however is that Iowa has not selected a President in a long time so who really cares.

22 posted on 12/21/2007 6:08:42 PM PST by edcoil (Reality doesn't say much - doesn't need too)
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To: outofstyle

I don’t know if Fred has to come in first in Iowa, but he needs to have a respectable showing. If the Republicans in Iowa wise up to Huckabee soon enough, Fred could be the beneficiary—if people haven’t just written him off and concluded they must choose between the other “top tier” candidates.


23 posted on 12/21/2007 6:10:08 PM PST by Verginius Rufus
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To: devere

Let’s keep in mind that Politico has a strong liberal bias.


24 posted on 12/21/2007 6:15:48 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Vigilanteman
Fred should be the natural home of conservatives. The Huckster is phony on most issues, notably foreign affairs and border security. He’s only solid on social issues. But so is Fred.

Somewhere along the line conservatives seem to have lost their confidence and lost their nerve. No longer do we support a nominee who is across-the-board conservative.

Instead, too many support the half-liberal, half-conservative hermaphrodite candidates, Rudy, McCain and the Huckster.

25 posted on 12/21/2007 6:15:49 PM PST by FreeReign
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To: Jet Jaguar
He got a contribution from me today....same here. :/
c'mon Freepers.....its for US
, stick a thumb in $hrillarys' eye.
26 posted on 12/21/2007 6:18:46 PM PST by skinkinthegrass (just b/c your paranoid, doesn't mean they're NOT out to get you....Run, FRed, Run. :^)
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To: al baby

All Fred has to do is make a couple of good youtube videos like the one he did on Michael Moore and BOOM he’ll turn it around. As for that witch sHillary, the only way she’s gettin’ back in the White House in on a tour.


27 posted on 12/21/2007 6:21:35 PM PST by A. Morgan
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To: al baby
"I love Fred but he is a day late and a dollar short its over...."

(In Pat Buttram's voice as Napoleon) "Wait a minute - I'm the Leader - I'll say when it's over.......it's over...."

28 posted on 12/21/2007 6:22:02 PM PST by azhenfud (The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.)
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To: Cicero

“Politico has a strong liberal bias”

I don’t see the bias in the article.

He says Fred’s shortage of cash is constraining his campaign options.

He says Fred gave a commanding debate performance.

He says, in so many words, that while the odds are still against him, Fred has a chance to win Iowa.

May all biased Liberals be so accurate.

Go Fred!


29 posted on 12/21/2007 6:22:20 PM PST by devere
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To: All

honestly does Iowa or NH even matter?

I think Iowa and NH are useful to clear out dead weight tancredo and hunter. I would include kookpaul but soros is funding him too well.


30 posted on 12/21/2007 6:26:08 PM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: outofstyle

Sorry but no. Fred needs strong third or weak second place finish to move on. Enough over-the top histrionics.


31 posted on 12/21/2007 6:33:40 PM PST by Pittsburgher (Fred: the elephant in the room)
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To: devere

Why is he paying attention to this stupid caucus? He should have skipped it and NH (The Romney Buyout) entirely and focused on South Carolina and Michigan.


32 posted on 12/21/2007 6:37:34 PM PST by montag813 ("How dreadful are the curses which Mohammedanism lays on its votaries!" -Churchill)
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To: al baby; Jorge
Hillary will be the last president of the United States

Agree.

33 posted on 12/21/2007 6:40:10 PM PST by Captainpaintball
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To: skinkinthegrass

I made my most recent contribution the day before yesterday. It won’t be the last.

Doom and gloom is not warranted. The news out of Iowa for Fred has been great. Fred supporters who have not tossed him a few bucks...now is the time. Anything you can spare will help.


34 posted on 12/21/2007 6:42:41 PM PST by Route66 (America's Main Street - - - Fred D. Thompson / Consistent Conservative...The One with Gravitas)
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To: devere

Is Fred too late? Or is he too smart for his opposition. I say he’s too smart for them all. He enters the race at the normal time saving all of us who are sick of the other candidates already. And saving his campaign and its donors from wasting precious dollars needed to win in November 2008. Yes that’s almost a whole year away. Sounds like plenty of time to me. I appreciate someone who is unwilling to waste my precious donation. And besides all of that how long could it really take someone of Fred’s stature to show up Hillary and the rest of the second rate amatuers running on the left.


35 posted on 12/21/2007 6:43:05 PM PST by cquiggy
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To: montag813
This strategy has never intentionally worked. The immense coverage and momentum one gets from IA and NH tend to steamroll the later states.
36 posted on 12/21/2007 6:44:48 PM PST by paul544 (3D-Joy OH Boy!!!)
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To: edcoil
Don’t understand how he is late. He was in before the election which is too friggen long already.

Oh, good grief... not this argument again. Look, all politics is relative. Everyone announced before him... by months. He instead decided to deliberately skip a debate in New Hampshire and announce on Leno, in September, when everyone else had announced in March or earlier. He skipped Ames entirely... and guess who's far and away leading in the Iowa polls? The two remaining candidates who were top 2 in the Ames poll: Huckabee and Romney. Beyond letting his rivals get a six month head start, he's snubbing everyone to whom he should be reaching out, and now he wants their votes? He was doing better out of the race than he was in...

37 posted on 12/21/2007 6:45:48 PM PST by jmyrlefuller
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To: Pittsburgher
Sorry but no. Fred needs strong third or weak second place finish to move on. Enough over-the top histrionics.

Sorry, but I don't see it that way. If Fred finished a "strong third or weak second", or better, in Iowa and placed first or second in NH, then he would still be alive. However, as it stands now, he is going off a cliff in NH. And in order to turn that around and do well in NH, Fred would need to win Iowa

I wish it were not so. But wishful thinking will not do it.

38 posted on 12/21/2007 6:46:47 PM PST by outofstyle (My Ride's Here)
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To: paul544
This strategy has never intentionally worked. The immense coverage and momentum one gets from IA and NH tend to steamroll the later states

In 1992, Clinton lost both Iowa and NH, as well as Maryland, Connecticut, Arizona, Washington, and Utah. He won everything else after that.

39 posted on 12/21/2007 6:46:59 PM PST by montag813 ("How dreadful are the curses which Mohammedanism lays on its votaries!" -Churchill)
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To: devere

This may be exactly what Fred Thompson should have to do, to demonstrate he’s able to serve and lead a whole country full of people.

Mitt Romney, Mike Huckabee, etc., have been putting themselves to it (us) for quite awhile now.


40 posted on 12/21/2007 6:49:33 PM PST by unspun (God save us from egos -- especially our own.)
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To: outofstyle

You’re not paying attention man. Fred will do well in IA; he wrote off liberal NH a long time ago and will finish fourth or fifth. The stakes then increase geometrically in SC, and the game is on. Wake up to the dynamics!


41 posted on 12/21/2007 6:49:59 PM PST by Pittsburgher (Fred: the elephant in the room)
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To: devere

Same shape Kerry was in last election. This one will go to the convention.

Pray for W and Our Troops


42 posted on 12/21/2007 6:53:35 PM PST by bray (Let's Bring Christ Back to Christmas)
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To: devere; All
Said Fred, quote: My idea of gun control is a good, steady aim.
43 posted on 12/21/2007 6:54:25 PM PST by gpapa
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To: montag813

Clinton had national fund raising and faced opponents who did not have funding networks that drained the donors. This is a year when the GOP donor base in general has closed its pocketbooks — and no, it doesn’t matter why. All that matters is that they are closed.

Thompson is late to the party. This means the top quality staff was already divided among the well-funded competition. They have drained all available donors.

Talk of what states to pass by and what states to work for based on where one thinks one’s chances are best is meaningless if you have no money and can’t survive until those states arrive on the calendar.

The decisive state this year is Michigan. Thompson can’t afford Detroit or Grand Rapids media buys.


44 posted on 12/21/2007 6:54:49 PM PST by Owen
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To: Pittsburgher
the game is on. Wake up to the dynamics!

We'll see. If he is still alive when Delaware is choosing, he'll get get my vote. Ha ha.

45 posted on 12/21/2007 6:55:06 PM PST by outofstyle (My Ride's Here)
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To: cquiggy
He enters the race at the normal time

A month after the Ames Straw Poll is "normal time?" You could have fooled me...

46 posted on 12/21/2007 6:55:41 PM PST by jmyrlefuller
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To: devere

To do that Fred needs a good showing in Iowa and Michigan.


47 posted on 12/21/2007 6:56:06 PM PST by Norman Bates
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To: skinkinthegrass; Jet Jaguar

Sent mine too...
keep it going, pay it on.


48 posted on 12/21/2007 6:56:25 PM PST by donnab (saving liberal brains...one moron at a time.)
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To: jmyrlefuller

“he’s snubbing everyone to whom he should be reaching out”

Who are you referring to? Yourself?


49 posted on 12/21/2007 6:57:20 PM PST by devere
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To: outofstyle

Good one


50 posted on 12/21/2007 6:57:59 PM PST by Pittsburgher (Fred: the elephant in the room)
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