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Potential candidate has plenty of fans in Texas (Fred Thompson alert!)
The Dallas Morning News ^ | April 26, 2007 | Wayne Slater

Posted on 04/26/2007 6:24:58 AM PDT by Josh Painter

AUSTIN – He hasn't said he's running, but former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson has catapulted near the top of the field of presidential candidates favored by Texas Republican voters, according to a new poll.

Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani is the first choice of likely GOP primary voters in the survey by Baselice & Associates.

But Mr. Thompson, a conservative who's now an actor on the television show Law and Order, is tied for second place with Arizona Sen. John McCain.

Pollster Michael Baselice said Mr. Thompson's strong showing comes even though he's not as well-known as his top Republican rivals.

"He's got only half the people who can even form an opinion of him and already he's tied for second," said Mr. Baselice, a veteran GOP pollster not working for any of the candidates. "And he's not even announced."

According to the poll, 24 percent would vote for Mr. Giuliani if the 2008 Texas GOP primary were held today. Mr. Thompson and Mr. McCain were each the choice of 19 percent of likely voters, followed by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich at 12 percent...

The survey of 831 likely Republican voters selected at random was conducted April 16-19. The margin of error is 3.4 percentage points.

Mr. Baselice noted that support for Mr. Giuliani, Mr. McCain and Mr. Gingrich has eroded since January.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney's support in Texas has risen slightly in the last three months. He's the choice of 8 percent of GOP voters, up from 6 percent in January.

Mr. Thompson was not in the January survey.

Kathy Haigler, a member of the State Republican Executive Committee from Deer Park, said she would like to see Mr. Thompson become a candidate.

"We're hoping and praying he's going to enter the race," she said.

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


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: fred; fredthompson; nomination; republican; thompson


Fredipedia v2.25: The Definitive Fred Thompson Reference
1 posted on 04/26/2007 6:25:00 AM PDT by Josh Painter
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To: Sturm Ruger

I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again:

If you want to put the South away EARLY in 2008 for the GOP, put forward a Thompson/Gingrich ticket.

They would rock the South, and the GOP would basically need to spend nothing there.


2 posted on 04/26/2007 6:27:29 AM PDT by TitansAFC ("My 80% enemy is not my 20% friend" -- Common Sense)
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To: Sturm Ruger

Come on Fred - JUST DO IT!


3 posted on 04/26/2007 6:28:54 AM PDT by AFreeBird (This space for rent. Inquire within)
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To: TitansAFC
Why would you weigh the ticket down with Gingrich?

It would be better to pick someone from a swing state, like Gov. Tim Pawlenty of Minnesnowta.

4 posted on 04/26/2007 6:37:48 AM PDT by JohnnyZ ("I respect and will protect a woman's right to choose" -- Mitt Romney, April 2002)
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To: jellybean

ping


5 posted on 04/26/2007 7:06:40 AM PDT by Josh Painter ("I'm consistent. I address Federalist Society meetings." - Fred Thompson)
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To: Sturm Ruger

Well, he’d better hurry up and decide. The candidates will be decided by Feb. 2008 — 10 months from now.


6 posted on 04/26/2007 7:17:56 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: jellybean

ping.......


7 posted on 04/26/2007 8:04:29 AM PDT by Doofer (Run Fred Run........)
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To: TitansAFC

I would have a lot of trouble pulling the lever for that ticket. Gingrich is NOT Presidential material.


8 posted on 04/26/2007 9:19:24 AM PDT by Politicalmom (Better a democrat with an energized opposition than a leftist “Republican” with no opposition.)
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To: jellybean; carlo3b; girlangler; KoRn; Shortstop7; Lunatic Fringe; Darnright; babygene; pitbully; ...

Click for more official information about Fred.

Please FRmail jellybean, if you want on/off this list.

9 posted on 04/26/2007 9:21:00 AM PDT by STARWISE (They (Rats) think of this WOT as Bush's war, not America's war-RichardMiniter, respected OBL author)
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To: STARWISE

I’m so jealous. You got to go first. :p


10 posted on 04/26/2007 9:22:00 AM PDT by Politicalmom (Better a democrat with an energized opposition than a leftist “Republican” with no opposition.)
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To: JohnnyZ

I don’t understand the fascination over Gingrich either. The best he can do is stay out the race and be an advisor or something.


11 posted on 04/26/2007 9:23:37 AM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist (Ben Franklin, we tried but we couldn't keep it.)
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To: STARWISE

12 posted on 04/26/2007 9:24:37 AM PDT by Petronski (FRED!)
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To: Petronski

Just ordered my Fred 2008 bumper stickers!


13 posted on 04/26/2007 9:25:15 AM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist (Ben Franklin, we tried but we couldn't keep it.)
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To: Sturm Ruger
Mr. Baselice noted that support for Mr. Giuliani, Mr. McCain and Mr. Gingrich has eroded since January.

The more people learn about Rudy, the less they like him.

14 posted on 04/26/2007 9:26:01 AM PDT by dirtboy (Duncan Hunter 08/But Fred would also be great)
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To: Sturm Ruger

I’m keeping a positive attitude that Fred Thompson will positively run. It keeps me goin’. ;) BUMP FOR FRED!


15 posted on 04/26/2007 9:28:58 AM PDT by Chena (I want a President who will also be tough against liberalism)
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To: STARWISE

STAR, you do nice work with ping lists...remembering the Scooter threads ;)


16 posted on 04/26/2007 9:32:03 AM PDT by greyfoxx39 (Waiting impatiently for a conservative party to rise from the ashes of the wimpy republican party.)
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To: greyfoxx39

;) Thanks, grey. I’m gonna try to do my best during the workday.


17 posted on 04/26/2007 9:33:30 AM PDT by STARWISE (They (Rats) think of this WOT as Bush's war, not America's war-RichardMiniter, respected OBL author)
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To: STARWISE
Get to it Fred! My prediction is an announcement on the tonight show in early May. McCain is probably out by September citing "health reasons" and gives Thompson a strong endorsement.
18 posted on 04/26/2007 9:37:34 AM PDT by Mister Politics (www.misterpolitics.com)
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To: STARWISE

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DWNdFy2QdS8

Get to it Fred! My prediction is an announcement on the tonight show in early May. McCain is probably out by September citing “health reasons” and gives Thompson a strong endorsement.


19 posted on 04/26/2007 9:38:21 AM PDT by Mister Politics (www.misterpolitics.com)
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To: Politicalmom

How about Thompson/Romney? I agree with your Gingrich assessment - wayyy too many problems there despite his many great ideas.


20 posted on 04/26/2007 9:42:31 AM PDT by Aria (NO RAPIST ENABELER FOR PRESIDENT!!!)
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To: TitansAFC

Bah! Thompson/JC Watts ‘08!


21 posted on 04/26/2007 9:44:21 AM PDT by statered ("And you know what I mean.")
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To: Aria

I prefer Thompson/Watts or Thompson/Steele, but I think that it will end up being Thompson/Romney. I can tolerate that.

Gravitas combined with fundraising skills.


22 posted on 04/26/2007 9:47:16 AM PDT by Politicalmom (Better a democrat with an energized opposition than a leftist “Republican” with no opposition.)
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To: Mister Politics

I think Fred will go for a more dignified announcement at the Republican event before the Tonight show, and then discuss it on the Tonight Show.


23 posted on 04/26/2007 9:48:24 AM PDT by Politicalmom (Better a democrat with an energized opposition than a leftist “Republican” with no opposition.)
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To: Politicalmom

Actually I was very impressed with Steele when I listened to him, more so than Watts for some reason. But Mitt does bring a lot to the table and Steele probably won’t convince that many blacks that there is another way, unfortunately.


24 posted on 04/26/2007 9:50:34 AM PDT by Aria (NO RAPIST ENABELER FOR PRESIDENT!!!)
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To: Mister Politics
My prediction is an announcement on the tonight show in early May. McCain is probably out by September citing “health reasons” and gives Thompson a strong endorsement.

Maybe not that early, but it's a strong possibility prior to the first debate. If Romney is tanking in polls by then, he may also withdraw and back Thompson, especially if there's a VP spot in exchange for him.

25 posted on 04/26/2007 9:52:17 AM PDT by kevkrom
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To: JohnnyZ
It would be better to pick someone from a swing state, like Gov. Tim Pawlenty of Minnesnowta.

Pawlenty's the co-chair of the McCain campaign. I'm not saying that disqualifies him per se, but it'd have to figure into it.

Of course, the conspiracy crowd thinks Fred is also a McCain operative, so maybe they're a perfect fit. /s
26 posted on 04/26/2007 10:04:15 AM PDT by The Pack Knight (Duty, Honor, Country.)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

I wouldn’t mind seeing him back in Congress. I’d say Senate, but I have no real problems with Chambliss or Isakson.


27 posted on 04/26/2007 10:07:36 AM PDT by The Pack Knight (Duty, Honor, Country.)
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To: Politicalmom
I think Fred will go for a more dignified announcement at the Republican event before the Tonight show, and then discuss it on the Tonight Show.

I agree. For one thing, I'm tired of comedy, celebrity-worship shows like Letterman, Leno, and the Daily Show having such an important role in what's supposed to be a serious process. Secondly, it'd only give ammunition to those who will try to paint Fred as an amateur Hollywood politician.
28 posted on 04/26/2007 10:15:14 AM PDT by The Pack Knight (Duty, Honor, Country.)
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To: Mister Politics
My prediction is an announcement on the tonight show in early May.

I think Fred would plan an announcement in a venue the opposite of that. Make it a big deal, but make a point about the location -- Independence Hall or someplace like that. It's clear he's trying to go about this in a different way.

29 posted on 04/26/2007 10:21:23 AM PDT by JohnnyZ ("I respect and will protect a woman's right to choose" -- Mitt Romney, April 2002)
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To: Aria

Someone did a Steele/Watts comparison. Pretty similar. I don’t know as much about Steele as Watts. I have just always liked Watts.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1817610/posts?page=61#61


30 posted on 04/26/2007 10:35:31 AM PDT by Politicalmom (Better a democrat with an energized opposition than a leftist “Republican” with no opposition.)
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To: Chena

Fred BUMP!


31 posted on 04/26/2007 12:14:02 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker ( Hunter/Thompson/Thompson/Hunter in 08! Or Rudy/Hillary if you want to murder conservatism)
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To: JohnnyZ

A good place would be the WWII Memorial in Washington DC remembering that Freedom is not free.


32 posted on 04/26/2007 4:25:37 PM PDT by Prophet in the wilderness (PSALM 53 : 1 The FOOL hath said in his heart , There is no GOD .)
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To: Politicalmom

I could live with Thompson/Romney. I’m not from South Carolina but what about Gov. Mark Sanford? I seem to always hear good things about him. Picking Romney or Steele will not win any extra states. If Thompson does decide on just one term I think we need a guy who is ready to take the baton in 2012.


33 posted on 04/26/2007 6:49:48 PM PDT by SuperGater
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