Skip to comments.Exchanges in Latest Debate Highlight a New Dynamic in the Republican Field (Fred Thompson)
Posted on 01/10/2008 11:51:32 PM PST by neverdem
Fred D. Thompson tried...
But it was Mr. Thompsons performance, in which he shook off the laid-back style that has defined his candidacy, that provided...
This is a battle for the heart and soul of the Republican Party and its future, said Mr. Thompson, who has staked his run on a strong showing in South Carolina. The primary there is Jan. 19.
On the one hand, he said, you have the Reagan revolution, you have the Reagan coalition of limited government and strong national security. And the other hand, you have the direction that Governor Huckabee would take us in. He would be a Christian leader, but he would also bring about liberal economic policies, liberal foreign policies.
Mr. Thompson then lit into Mr. Huckabee, the former Baptist preacher and Arkansas governor who won the Iowa caucus, for wanting to close the prison at Guantánamo Bay, for supporting what he called taxpayer-funded programs for illegals and for wanting to sign a law restricting smoking.
Thats not the model of the Reagan coalition, thats the model of the Democratic Party, he said.
Mr. Thompson leavened his responses with the kind of one-liners that many supporters had hoped he would use sooner.
Asked about the United States response in a confrontation with Iranian speedboats, Mr. Thompson said, I think one more step and they would have been introduced to those virgins that theyre looking forward to seeing. At another point, he offered that you can tell that the news is good coming out of Iraq because you read so little about it in The New York Times.
He also went after Mr. McCain on immigration.
I disagree with my friend John McCain on the bill that they proposed last year, Mr. Thompson said. I disagree with my friend Governor Huckabee...
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I’m sure the NYT would love nothing more than if we nominated Fred Thompson. He was good tonight, but he has no chance in the general.
you can tell that the news is good coming out of Iraq because you read so little about it in The New York Times.
Decent coverage from the nyt....
Fred’s picking up steam.
Send him your support and some $$ too.
He’s the ONE!
I’m certain you missed the sarcasm tag, eh, newbie?
You don’t think he was good tonight?
“he has no chance in the general.”
Against the mighty and uber experienced “one” term Senator’s.
He just might have a chance if people like you would shut up and think. It’s a long way off and no one has it in the bag as yet. The media is not one to listen too. They think Romney has had it and he leads in delegates at this point. Give me a break.
I’ll take a chance on him!
But...it’s a discussion forum right? Don’t you want to hear other opinions, or should we all just write laudatory comments about Fred Thompson ad infinitum?
I think Fred’s the only one up there (maybe Rudy too?) who could stand his ground against the Dem without breaking a sweat. Oh yes, with Fred as our nominee, WE WIN.
Fred is the only CONSERVATIVE who can win crossover and independent votes (against Hillary and Obama, who have lots of negative baggage even for some Dems and many independents). Believe me, Fred Thompson will be our next President if we can only nominate him.
In the marketplace of ideas, conservatism wins every time it’s tried (Rush, you’ve read from my cue cards before so I am stealing from yours!). Against Barack or Mrs. Clinton in a debate, I think Ol’ Fred would just say “BRING IT.”
He will do just fine in the general election.
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“..... he has no chance in the general.”
Fred will slay the Hildabeast.
If you listen to Rush as all good conservatives do or at least should, he said , do not listen to the media about who is quitting and who should drop out at this point. We are just now beginning to start this long road to the elections. Hell, after Iowa, there were rumors the Hillary was or should drop out. Now you know that will never happen in a million years.
I think Fred would stomp Hillary. He's likable and she isn't.
It’s when people like you say that over and over it comes out that way. Enough of the negative on Fred. People said that for a year about Duncan Hunter and that is when Rudy was leading all polls by 30%. Can you imagine if we didn’t bad mouth his campaign and people actually supported him and gave funds?
We wouldn’t be worried about a guy named Huckabee and McCain would be back home in AZ.