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Frist won't rule out run for president in '08
Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | 2/21/5 | J.J. Stambaugh

Posted on 02/21/2005 11:45:23 AM PST by SmithL

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist said today he hasn't ruled out a run for the presidency in 2008 but stressed that he hasn't given the matter much thought.

Frist, who was the keynote speaker at a Leadership Knoxville Alumni Luncheon, said he is concentrating on his role in the Senate and will put off any decisions on future political moves until after he steps down in 2006.

"I'm going to come right back home to Tennessee," the Nashville Republican said.

Frist said he might ponder a presidential bid "if that were an option" after he leaves the Senate but added, "I don't even think about it now."

Frist, a heart surgeon, said he might opt instead to concentrate on missionary work or go back into private practice when he returns home.

"Of course, I might consider public service if I thought I could make a difference," he said.

At the luncheon, Frist took questions from the crowd and voiced his support for tort reform and changing the Social Security system.


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Let's see how you do on Judicial nominations, first.
1 posted on 02/21/2005 11:45:24 AM PST by SmithL
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To: SmithL

No senators!


2 posted on 02/21/2005 11:45:53 AM PST by West Coast Conservative
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To: West Coast Conservative

Amen! The Oval Office needs to be occupied by decisive executives; not consensus-seeking debaters.


3 posted on 02/21/2005 11:50:34 AM PST by clee1 (Islam is a deadly plague; liberalism is the AIDS virus that prevents us from defending ourselves.)
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To: West Coast Conservative

I agree. Last time a Senator won a presidential election was Kennedy.


4 posted on 02/21/2005 11:51:55 AM PST by areafiftyone (The Democrat's Mind: The Hamster's dead but the wheel's still spinning!)
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To: SmithL

yawn... has he done anything in the Senate yet?


5 posted on 02/21/2005 11:52:57 AM PST by rhombus
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To: West Coast Conservative

Frist is a wonderful human being, but he really lacks in the charisma department. He'll never make it.


6 posted on 02/21/2005 11:54:03 AM PST by Trippin
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To: SmithL

Survey says 98 out of 100 senators think they should be president. Frist is not one of the two who don't.

But his chances are slim, and he may just be smart enough to know that. He has no star power. He has no signature issue except healthcare, and he has not staked out an conservative position there.

Worst of all, from my point of view, is that he went to Washington with no coherent political/economic philsophy, because he had been a doctor his whole life and paid scant attention to such things. As a result, what philosophy he does have in those areas was shaped by the Washington elite, and will have no resonance with mainline Republican voters.


7 posted on 02/21/2005 11:54:43 AM PST by Joe Bonforte
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To: SmithL

I think voters will. Nothing against Frist, except that there's nothing for Frist.


8 posted on 02/21/2005 11:54:45 AM PST by AmishDude
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To: SmithL
Frist won't rule out run for president in '08

Reality will.

9 posted on 02/21/2005 11:55:03 AM PST by Petronski (Zebras: Free Range Bar Codes of the Serengeti)
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To: clee1

"The Oval Office needs to be occupied by decisive executives; not consensus-seeking debaters."

Probably contributed to Kerry's flip-flopitus. He was waiting for a lobbyist to tell him what he thought.


10 posted on 02/21/2005 11:55:20 AM PST by IamConservative (To worry is to misuse your imagination.)
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To: rhombus
he saved someones life with CPR or some kind of acronym
11 posted on 02/21/2005 11:55:40 AM PST by al baby (Dick Trickle is not just a medical condition)
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To: areafiftyone

Yeah, but it may be like that year when two dome teams went to the Super Bowl. One of them had to break the streak.


12 posted on 02/21/2005 11:55:56 AM PST by AmishDude
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To: SmithL

Ditto that! That was my first thought as well. If he breaks the back of the obstructionist Dems, he could have my vote.


13 posted on 02/21/2005 11:56:27 AM PST by My2Cents (Fringe poster since 1998.)
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To: SmithL
He must overcome fugase filibusters first.
14 posted on 02/21/2005 11:57:17 AM PST by Belisaurius ("Fat, drunk and stupid is no way to go through life, Ted" - Joseph Kennedy 1958)
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To: Conspiracy Guy
Busy day for our campaign!


15 posted on 02/21/2005 11:58:34 AM PST by jtminton ("I shall never surrender or retreat." William Barret Travis Lt. Col. Comdt., Bexar, Feb 24th 1836)
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To: jtminton; xsmommy; Laura Earl

16 posted on 02/21/2005 12:00:05 PM PST by Conspiracy Guy (Reading is fundamental. Comprehension is optional.)
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To: Conspiracy Guy
So do you think that people are going to get tired of us hijacking all the '08 threads, or admire us for our resourcefulness and perseverance?
17 posted on 02/21/2005 12:01:51 PM PST by jtminton ("I shall never surrender or retreat." William Barret Travis Lt. Col. Comdt., Bexar, Feb 24th 1836)
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To: SmithL

POTUS?
Heck, Frist can't even do the job right he's got now!
how 'bout cutting that budget down senator and get those judges that W keeps nominating appointed!!
Hellooo????


18 posted on 02/21/2005 12:02:37 PM PST by kellynla (U.S.M.C. 1st Battalion,5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Div. Viet Nam 69&70 Semper Fi)
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To: Joe Bonforte

My guess is the two Senators who don't think they should be President are McCain and Clinton. Am I right? :P


19 posted on 02/21/2005 12:02:53 PM PST by loreldan
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To: SmithL

I really don't get this BS that just because someone is a Senator, they can't win or they will make a lousy President. You pick the President based on the person, not whether they were a Senator or a Governor. Besides, the Historical sample is too small to draw real conclusions.


20 posted on 02/21/2005 12:03:46 PM PST by Always Right
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To: jtminton

Time will tell. We need to discuss that tiny detail that we keep avoiding.


21 posted on 02/21/2005 12:04:20 PM PST by Conspiracy Guy (Reading is fundamental. Comprehension is optional.)
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To: SmithL
I've had the pleasure of meeting Sen. Frist, and he's one of the nicest, smartest, most decent men to ever hold office. I respect him. Even if he hasn't been as tough as we'd have liked as Majority Leader.

But don't count him out. He's a formidable campaigner...knocked Jim Sasser out in '94 after Sasser had won reelection with 65% six years prior.

22 posted on 02/21/2005 12:06:45 PM PST by TheBigB (Ask cyborg about the doughnuts. But you'll have to wake her up first.)
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To: SmithL
ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

I hope Mark Sanford runs.

23 posted on 02/21/2005 12:06:55 PM PST by Dan from Michigan ("There out ta get me! They won't catch me! I'm #@^#@# innocent! They won't break me" - Guns N Roses)
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To: Always Right

The knock on having a Senator run for President is that they don't have the CEO mentality to lead a country.

That being said, if there were a decent candidate who came from the Senate, I'd consider voting for him/her.

There are few sitting Senators with the charisma and leadership to blow away voters right now...okay, probably none.


24 posted on 02/21/2005 12:07:30 PM PST by jra
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To: Always Right

The knock on having a Senator run for President is that they don't have the CEO mentality to lead a country.

That being said, if there were a decent candidate who came from the Senate, I'd consider voting for him/her.

There are few sitting Senators with the charisma and leadership to blow away voters right now...okay, probably none.


25 posted on 02/21/2005 12:07:54 PM PST by jra
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To: SmithL

Hope he does run. He'd make a good president.

I'd like to see a Frist/Rice ticket.


26 posted on 02/21/2005 12:08:10 PM PST by zbigreddogz
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To: al baby
he saved someones life with CPR or some kind of acronym

Well that's admirable. Can he save Bush's judicial nominations - hopfully CPR won't be needed. ;-)

27 posted on 02/21/2005 12:09:03 PM PST by rhombus
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To: West Coast Conservative
No senators!

Finally somebody just comes out and says it. Thank you.

28 posted on 02/21/2005 12:09:17 PM PST by numberonepal (Don't Even Think About Treading On Me)
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To: Conspiracy Guy

Oh. That. You really think people will ask?


29 posted on 02/21/2005 12:09:27 PM PST by jtminton ("I shall never surrender or retreat." William Barret Travis Lt. Col. Comdt., Bexar, Feb 24th 1836)
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To: jtminton

I hope not.


30 posted on 02/21/2005 12:10:53 PM PST by Conspiracy Guy (Reading is fundamental. Comprehension is optional.)
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To: areafiftyone
"Last time a Senator won a presidential election was Kennedy."

And the democRATs had to cheat to elect him.
31 posted on 02/21/2005 12:11:19 PM PST by HuntsvilleTxVeteran (a bullet only costs two bits.)
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To: SmithL
He must mean President of his local Medical Board!

He hasn't shown anything that would even remotely make me consider him for any national office!
32 posted on 02/21/2005 12:13:51 PM PST by leprechaun9
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To: Conspiracy Guy

Well, here is our plan. We need to seek out an alternate. That way, if it comes up and we just can't avoid it, I can go to a Rove-type position, you can slide up to POTUS, and the VP can go to the alternate. However, I see this as a last resort, but insurance nonetheless. In the meantime, we still press on as if nothing is wrong. If I end up getting bumped, can I still ride motorcycles into the back of the campaign bus?


33 posted on 02/21/2005 12:16:25 PM PST by jtminton ("I shall never surrender or retreat." William Barret Travis Lt. Col. Comdt., Bexar, Feb 24th 1836)
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To: West Coast Conservative

That's a silly myth perpetuated by the MSM.

Let's see, what Senators have lost since JFK?

George McGovern - A loudmouth, uncharismatic extremist loses to Nixon.

Bob Dole - A boring, uncharismatic old man loses to one of the most charismatic men ever to be in politics, and STILL keeps him below 50% of the vote.

John Kerry - A dower, arrogant, flip-floping, anti-war elitist who runs an incompetent campaign against a sitting war president.


So 3 Senators have lost, all of them very flawed Candidates, all of whom wern't as personable or as likable as their competetors.

I don't really think it has much to do with them being Senators. I guess part of Kerry's flip-floping was made possible by the fact that he had taken so many votes, but at the same time, the fact that he was so well versed in national issues due to 20 years on the national stage was part of his selling points, so it was a mixed bad.

I think a LOT of Senators who were more charismatic could have won. I think Bob Kerrey might have won had he won the nomination in 92. I think "Scoop" Jackson would have won had he won the primary in '76. (yes, I know, both Dems. The point is that they were charismatic and likable).

I honestly think part of it is a self-fufilling prophacy. I think Frist or Allen would make good nominees in '08. I also think that Mel Martinez or John Corynan might be good candidates at some point in the future.

Don't discount them just because they are Senators, especially in a post-9/11 world where knowledge of international issues is of upmost importance.


34 posted on 02/21/2005 12:17:55 PM PST by zbigreddogz
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To: jtminton

Good plan


35 posted on 02/21/2005 12:24:20 PM PST by Conspiracy Guy (Reading is fundamental. Comprehension is optional.)
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To: SmithL

He's running. Not that I want him to, at least till he shows a pair about judges, but I know for a fact he's running. (Grammy son is connected politically)


36 posted on 02/21/2005 12:25:03 PM PST by Grammy (Candor is a proof of both a just frame of mind and of a good tone of breeding. (JF Cooper))
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To: jtminton
or admire us for our resourcefulness and perseverance?

I vote for this one ;)

37 posted on 02/21/2005 12:30:57 PM PST by Bahbah
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To: Conspiracy Guy

Secrecy will be vital concerning the alternate however. I don't want to be seen as just a fake candidate, getting by on my good looks while somebody else waits in the wings to take my place. The alternate should be picked by you, since they will ultimately be your VP if I have to bow out.


38 posted on 02/21/2005 12:31:25 PM PST by jtminton ("I shall never surrender or retreat." William Barret Travis Lt. Col. Comdt., Bexar, Feb 24th 1836)
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To: jra

Are there any Senators who used to be CEO's?


39 posted on 02/21/2005 12:31:45 PM PST by mhx
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To: Bahbah; Conspiracy Guy
or admire us for our resourcefulness and perseverance?

I vote for this one ;)

We thank you for your support.

40 posted on 02/21/2005 12:35:05 PM PST by jtminton ("I shall never surrender or retreat." William Barret Travis Lt. Col. Comdt., Bexar, Feb 24th 1836)
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To: Conspiracy Guy; jtminton

Two candidates I can truly support!


41 posted on 02/21/2005 12:38:28 PM PST by Laura Earl (I can have it all, now I'm dancing for my life.)
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To: mhx

Allen used to be a governor. That's why he has appeal even though he's a Solon.


42 posted on 02/21/2005 12:39:18 PM PST by johnb838 (Evolution is Paganizm.)
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To: SmithL

My running for Baseball Commissioner has a better chance than this man's fantasy.


43 posted on 02/21/2005 12:39:32 PM PST by Digger
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To: Trippin

I agree....Frist may be a terrific human being but he comes across as kind of a wuss with little personal charisman..kind of like Lieberman


44 posted on 02/21/2005 12:39:36 PM PST by NorCalRepub
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To: jtminton

I think we'll be OK but I'll call Gretchen Wilson and see if she's cool to wait in the wings. Dang I bet she's too young! Ann Coulter, how old is she?


45 posted on 02/21/2005 12:42:33 PM PST by Conspiracy Guy (Reading is fundamental. Comprehension is optional.)
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To: NorCalRepub

FristLieberman...a great name for a sleeping pill.


46 posted on 02/21/2005 12:46:10 PM PST by Fledermaus (I Googled "Democrat+Sane" and got no hits.)
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To: Bahbah

Thanks for the support. Do you have a cabinet position or ambassadorship in mind?


47 posted on 02/21/2005 12:48:35 PM PST by Conspiracy Guy (Reading is fundamental. Comprehension is optional.)
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To: Laura Earl

We're kind of heavy.


48 posted on 02/21/2005 12:50:01 PM PST by Conspiracy Guy (Reading is fundamental. Comprehension is optional.)
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To: SmithL

What the heck has Frist done?
Let the Dems savage our President, let the dems act as they are the majority party, let the dems keep judicial nominees
from even getting a vote.

Hey there Mr. Frist, want to get noticed? How about leading the charge to keep f-ing illegals out of our country.
For GODs sake, do something, anything.

Run for president, ha
Hitlery would eat this guy for lunch.


49 posted on 02/21/2005 12:50:15 PM PST by Joe Boucher (an enemy of islam)
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To: SmithL

What the heck has Frist done?
Let the Dems savage our President, let the dems act as they are the majority party, let the dems keep judicial nominees
from even getting a vote.

Hey there Mr. Frist, want to get noticed? How about leading the charge to keep f-ing illegals out of our country.
For GODs sake, do something, anything.

Run for president, ha
Hitlery would eat this guy for lunch.


50 posted on 02/21/2005 12:50:17 PM PST by Joe Boucher (an enemy of islam)
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