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Supporters want Gore, Thompson to run in 08
Chattanooga Times Free Press ^ | Sunday, March 04, 2007 | Michael Davis

Posted on 03/07/2007 3:29:44 PM PST by presidio9

Some party faithful say they want Al Gore, a former vice president whose global warming documentary won an Oscar, and Fred Thompson, a former U.S. senator known for his role in the television drama “Law and Order,” to seek the presidency in 2008.

Activists said recent buzz about these two isn’t surprising considering the Volunteer State’s history of national leaders such as President Andrew Jackson and former Senate Majority Leader Howard Baker.

“Our state’s always been on the forefront of national politics,” said Signal Mountain attorney Jim Hall, a Democrat who served as National Transportation Safety Board chairman while Mr. Gore was a Democratic vice president in the 1990s. “It’s not unusual to see Tennesseans active in leadership.”

Mr. Hall said he would like to see the former vice president run.

However, it’s unclear if Mr. Gore, who lost the presidential race in 2000, and Mr. Thompson will heed their backers’ wishes. Gore spokeswoman Kalee Kreider said the former vice president is dedicated to his environmental mission, recognized at last week’s Academy Awards when his film “An Inconvenient Truth” won an Oscar for best documentary.

“You have to know how much he appreciates the sentiment of individuals and groups that have asked him to run,” Ms. Kreider said of Mr. Gore, who also represented the Volunteer State in the House and Senate from 1977 until becoming vice president in 1993. “I think he has said it best when he’s tried to say he has no intention of running.”

Mr. Thompson, a Republican who was replaced in the U.S. Senate by Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., in early 2003, did not return messages left at his Nashville office last week.

“I think Fred Thompson is by far the one American who could bring this country together,” said Tennessee GOP Chairman Bob Davis, who served as state director for Mr. Thompson when he was in the U.S. Senate. “There are some good folks running right now, but naturally if a conservative Tennessean like Fred Thompson chose to run, I believe there would be a flood of support all across the nation.”

And, Mr. Davis said, interest in a Gore run is “wishful thinking” by some of his supporters.

“Respectfully, Al Gore is in the past,” Mr. Davis said. “If you can’t win your home state, how in the world can you possibly be elected president of the United States?”

A recent item in U.S. News & World Report magazine mentioned that some “buddies” are encouraging Mr. Thompson to run. And The Associated Press recently reported that some Gore backers have met to try to draft him to seek the presidency.

Steve West, a former mayor of Maryville, Tenn., who has helped raise money for various Republican candidates in Tennessee, said he’s partially responsible for starting the Thompson speculation. He said the top tier of GOP presidential hopefuls — Arizona U.S. Sen. John McCain, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani — may not have the conservative credentials desired by Republican activists.

“If somebody doesn’t come to the forefront, I don’t think the party will win the (general) election,” Mr. West said.

Mr. Hall said Mr. Thompson, who served as a counsel on the Senate’s Watergate committee in the 1970s, could be a formidable presidential candidate.

“Fred Thompson has always had an appeal as a national politician,” he said.

Vanderbilt University political science professor Bruce Oppenheimer said if either man jumps in, they need to do so soon, as politicos quickly will pick candidates to support.

“You can’t sit on the sidelines and come in at the last minute,” he said.

Gray Sasser, chairman of the Tennessee Democratic Party, said while many in the Volunteer State would love to see Al Gore as president, plenty of others are happy with the current slate of Democratic candidates, which includes New York U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton and Illinois U.S. Sen. Barack Obama.

Meanwhile, Mr. Sasser, son of former U.S. Sen. Jim Sasser,Sasser D-Tenn.,, saidD - Tenn DTenn. , ., said Thompson speculation shows the GOP is “searching for an alternative.”


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1 posted on 03/07/2007 3:29:45 PM PST by presidio9
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To: presidio9

Algore for the comedy, to be sure. I support that.


2 posted on 03/07/2007 3:32:47 PM PST by pissant (http://www.gohunter08.com/)
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To: presidio9

I'm betting Gore will be the 'RAT nominee in '08. This is gonna be fun!


3 posted on 03/07/2007 3:33:27 PM PST by RedQuill
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To: presidio9

One of them will take his home state, I wonder who.


4 posted on 03/07/2007 3:33:47 PM PST by boomop1 (there you go again)
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To: pissant

Sometimes, I don't who's the worst speaker: Hillary or Gore....


5 posted on 03/07/2007 3:34:10 PM PST by kromike
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To: boomop1

History tells us that it wouldn't be Gore.


6 posted on 03/07/2007 3:35:03 PM PST by presidio9 (There is something wonderful about a country that produces a brave and humble man like Wesley Autrey)
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To: presidio9

So why don't we just abolish the whole thing and have an American Idol competition for the job?

This country is SO finished.


7 posted on 03/07/2007 3:35:46 PM PST by MNJohnnie (If you will try being smarter, I will try being nicer.)
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To: presidio9

If Tennesee is so proud of Gore, why didn't they vote for him in 2000?


8 posted on 03/07/2007 3:35:54 PM PST by atomicpossum (Replies must follow approved guidelines or you will be kill-filed without appeal.)
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To: kromike

Hiilary is like nails on a chalkboard. Gore is like a tooth pulled w/o novacaine.


9 posted on 03/07/2007 3:35:57 PM PST by pissant (http://www.gohunter08.com/)
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To: presidio9
Jeez, what a match up. In this corner you have the man who got caught taking bribe money from the Chinese Communists. In the opposite corner you have the man who helped cover it up. All we need is for John Glenn to referee. Go Fred go!!!!!!!
10 posted on 03/07/2007 3:37:27 PM PST by Sawdring
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To: presidio9

I wish Thompson would run. He's closer to being an all-around conservative than any of the front runners, and he's had executive experience.


11 posted on 03/07/2007 3:37:32 PM PST by Jeff Chandler (] Tagline Under Construction [)
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To: presidio9
Supporters want Gore, Thompson to run in ’08

Me too!

12 posted on 03/07/2007 3:38:09 PM PST by Recovering Hermit (There's another old saying Senator..."Don't piss down my back and tell me it's raining.")
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To: RedQuill

Just today, Gore says he ain't running so it'll be quite a surprise when your prediction comes true.


13 posted on 03/07/2007 3:38:18 PM PST by Past Your Eyes (Some people are too stupid to be ashamed.)
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To: presidio9

Go, MANBEARPIG!


14 posted on 03/07/2007 3:39:04 PM PST by LurkedLongEnough
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To: MNJohnnie

Good tag line. Consider it stolen.


15 posted on 03/07/2007 3:39:47 PM PST by Past Your Eyes (Some people are too stupid to be ashamed.)
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To: Sawdring
In the opposite corner you have the man who helped cover it up

Tell me more.

16 posted on 03/07/2007 3:42:07 PM PST by presidio9 (There is something wonderful about a country that produces a brave and humble man like Wesley Autrey)
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To: presidio9

Run Fred run!


17 posted on 03/07/2007 3:42:37 PM PST by ExpatGator (Extending logic since 1961.)
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To: atomicpossum

I am wondering why the author of this article did no think that it was worth mentioning that Thompson replaced Al Gore.


18 posted on 03/07/2007 3:44:21 PM PST by presidio9 (There is something wonderful about a country that produces a brave and humble man like Wesley Autrey)
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To: pissant
Gore is like a tooth pulled w/o novacaine.

To the grating sound of Kenny G.

19 posted on 03/07/2007 3:46:28 PM PST by BigSkyFreeper (There is no alternative to the GOP except varying degrees of insanity)
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To: Past Your Eyes
Just today, Gore says he ain't running

I'm sorry, did I say Gore? I meant Osama.

20 posted on 03/07/2007 3:51:27 PM PST by RedQuill
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