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What if McCain Chooses Fred Thompson for VP?
Right Wing News ^ | February 6, 2008 | John Stephenson

Posted on 02/21/2008 10:34:10 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

I ask the question because it isn't out of the question. They are good friends with a history. It would be a smart move on the Maverick's part to stilt up his lacking on conservative credentials. Could Thompson serve as the conservative concience? The ideological gravitas? Even...power behind the throne? How would the conservative base/blogosphere react?

Serious thought from Scott Ott:

Bring Fred Thompson on as vice president to serve as the Constitutional conscience of the administration -- an ideological gravitas behemoth -- who can do for President McCain what Dick Cheney has done for President Bush on foreign policy. Behind the scenes, Vice President Thompson offers President McCain private counsel, guided by our Founding Fathers, without drawing attention to himself. Mr. Thompson seems eminently qualified for such a role, eschewing publicity and advancing the cause which impelled him to mount his own White House bid.

But is a possibility. Would it alter any factor on you pulling the lever for McCain?

More thoughts here

Another option: JC Watts

Meanwhile: Bush rules!

Hat tip: Reynolds

Already lots of interesting comments at STACLU...ranging from:

It would be brilliant, and a winning strategy.


I just read the title of this post to my husband, and his response? "I'd pray for McCain's health to fail quickly!"

How rude of him! Heh. no no no not nice!

TOPICS: Arizona; Tennessee; Issues; Parties; U.S. Senate
KEYWORDS: 2008; 2008veep; dickcheney; election; electionpresident; elections; fredthompson; gop; johnmccain; mccain; republicans; runningmate; vicepresident; whitehouse
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To: bmwcyle

Agree, it would be worse than watching paint dry, not so much for me, but for the uninformed voters with the short attention spans. Romney, JC Watts, Santorum, Hutchison, ANYBODY with some magnetism please. We have a WOT going on.

51 posted on 02/23/2008 6:18:50 PM PST by adc (Rush '08All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently oppos)
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To: Old Teufel Hunden

God bless you.

52 posted on 02/25/2008 11:42:23 AM PST by mainerforglobalwarming
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To: mainerforglobalwarming

Thanks, I could us God’s help. : ) I don’t ever even talk about stuff like that. I don’t even like to remember it. I just could not believe that someone wants to casually go to war as often as he does.

War is unfortunately a necessary evil, but it should not be taken as lightly as that guy apparently does.

We can have our disagreements about how good of a President Bush has been. However to say that he screwed up by not provoking a war with China over a downed spy plane is just ludicrus in my opinion...

53 posted on 02/25/2008 12:55:09 PM PST by Old Teufel Hunden
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To: Norman Bates; fieldmarshaldj; LdSentinal; AuH2ORepublican; Kuksool; MplsSteve

This is not a bad idea. Fred Thompson would bring presence and conservative credibility to the ticket. His age could be a problem, however.

54 posted on 02/25/2008 5:36:58 PM PST by Clintonfatigued (You can't be serious about national security unless you're serious about border security)
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To: Clintonfatigued; Norman Bates; LdSentinal; AuH2ORepublican; Kuksool; MplsSteve; JohnnyZ

This is what I wrote earlier today about McCain’s VP pick:

I’ve been saying for months now that Governors Tim Pawlenty of MN and Mark Sanford of SC would be the two best choices for McCain’s runningmate (I also mentioned Congressman Mike Pence of Indiana, but McCain probably wants someone with executive experience); while I supported Fred Thompson for President, and think he would also make a great VP, I think McCain needs to find someone younger (and name Fred as Attorney General).

As for those who believe that Pawlenty isn’t conservative enough to be McCain’s runningmate, they should keep in mind that Pawlenty is as solidly conservative on right-to-life, RKBA and immigration as they come, and that he was able to be reelected in Minnesota despite the state’s Democrat lean and the horrible political environment for Republicans in 2006. I believe that John McCain will be able to carry Minnesota (48% for President Bush in 2004) and Wisconsin (49% for Bush) with Tim Pawlenty on the ticket, and that Pawlenty’s blue-collar background will help McCain carry Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania to ensure a large Electoral College majority.

55 posted on 02/25/2008 5:41:55 PM PST by AuH2ORepublican (Fred Thompson appears human-sized because he is actually standing a million miles away.)
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To: AuH2ORepublican

I agree. I like Fred. But John needs someone a little younger on the ticket. Fred for AG.

56 posted on 02/25/2008 5:45:18 PM PST by Norman Bates (Freepmail me to be part of the McCain List!)
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To: adc
I'd like to see JC Watts also. However, someone better equipped than me to dig up the info wouldn't take too long to get JC's baggage out there.

Too many years ago for me to remember all the details clearly, but when he was Okla Corporation Commissioner before his election to congress, JC was tagged in an FBI corruption sting accepting "walkin' around money". Don't recall anything coming out of it other than some local publicity that blew over.

Also, and I'm really fuzzy on this, there was some shady dealing on a business JC owned in Norman Ok. Apartment complex financing, IIRC.

57 posted on 02/25/2008 6:00:44 PM PST by Don Carlos (No 8 Do.)
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To: Norman Bates

“Fred for AG.”

Yes, that would be good.

But I think Fred would nicely fill any upcoming vacancy on the Supreme Court.

58 posted on 03/06/2008 9:12:51 AM PST by aj7360
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I don’t think Sen. Thompson would accept the offer. I’m not sure he’s really right for the job.

59 posted on 03/06/2008 9:17:41 AM PST by sitetest (If Roe is not overturned, no unborn child will ever be protected in law.)
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