Skip to comments.e-mail from Fred: "Where we are, and where we're going"
Posted on 07/26/2007 1:03:09 PM PDT by RobFromGa
In the past few months, I've traveled the country talking and listening to folks. I've been discussing where I see America going, about what we need to do to keep our nation secure, what we must do to keep this remarkable economy growing, and the challenges we must address together for the next generation of Americans.
I believe the United States is at a crossroads, and what I'm hearing on the road is that a lot of people agree with me. They're ready to move forward together to meet our challenges here at home and abroad. They aren't buying into the defeatist talk about our security, our economy, and our future.
During this "testing the waters" effort we've undertaken, I've been saying the political waters feel pretty warm. It's allowed us to start laying the foundation of a good team across the country and to keep up this national conversation we've been having. Now we're going to take that conversation to a different level.
On Tuesday, August 7th, we're inaugurating a new weekly "I'm With Fred" email, complete with news, updates, and photos from the road. We're also working on the ImWithFred website 2.0, in order to keep in touch on a daily basis and to give you more opportunities to join us at events, help us organize, and spread the word about our efforts.
I'm excited about what I'm seeing out on the road. I appreciate everything you're doing for our effort.
Thats right, he is Lebanese and Christian, but for some that is not enough. Sad state if you ask me.
Anything that would show he can actually discuss the details of the principles conservatives hold dear.
So far 30-60 second sound bites eem to be his specialty.
“I am a conservative. Or at least I played one on TV.”
Reagan he ain’t (at least not yet). Regain spent years pushing the conservative agenda during his speaking tour on behalf of GE.
I would like to see him say something SOLID.
“but for some that is not enough. Sad state if you ask me.”
A combination of Paulaholics and unrealistic Duncophites.
Finally, some reason on this thread!
I appreciate that!
I really like Hunter too. I was one of his original supporters here, and I still think he has the best Conservative credentials of all the candidates.
That being said, I don't think he has a snowball's chance in hell of winning this time around. I want to see him in a high position in the next Republican Administration so that he can get the name recognition he deserves, then I want to see him run and win in future Presidential elections.
Hunter is the future hope for Conservatives (and Republicans, if they stick around), but just not quite yet, IMHO.
I have read what you posted, but I would still like to see some attribution to original sources, not just mentions in opinion pieces that cannot be verified.
Assigning superlatives based on general, scripted statements and scrying tea leave indicators from a mediocre backbench Senate term is not what I would term "rational".
Rational is: What has the candidate said are his intended policies? Will those policies advance those things I want advanced? Does the candidate have the leadership, executive, and organizational skills to implement those policies? Who is advising him on them? What is his history in advancing them?
Unless and until FT starts outlining his policy agenda, there is no rationality involved in supporting his non-candidacy water-testing. Only emotionalism and blind hope in a White Horse Hero. Right now, his campaign strategy is very little campaign and whole lots of strategy. Anyone who commits to a candidate before knowing exactly what that candidate is going to commit to (or refuse to commit to, which is every bit as telling) is, let's be kind, imprudent.
San Francisco Chronicle,
Tuesday, July 8, 1997
Louis Freedberg, Chronicle
It is rare that a conservative Republican is hailed as ``a guardian of the melting pot.” At a banquet this spring, the fiercely pro-immigrant National Council of La Raza lavished that accolade, and more, on Senator Spencer Abraham, a first-term senator from Michigan who has emerged as an unlikely champion of legal immigration. In accepting the award, Abraham, 45, talked emotionally about how one of his grandfathers worked in the coal mines of Pennsylvania after arriving from Lebanon, and how the other opened a mom-and-pop store in Detroit. ``I believe immigration is good for this country, and will keep fighting to keep the doors open,’’ Abraham told the cheering crowd as he held aloft an etched-glass trophy.
The award was noteworthy for more than just the fact that it went to someone with Abraham’s conservative credentials. As the new chairman of the immigration subcommittee of the Senate Judiciary Committee, he is one of the most powerful lawmakers on the immigration issue. In a radical departure from his predecessor on the committee, he is on a mission to change the image of the Republican Party as a party hostile to immigrants.
It’s not his religion that has people worried, but the fact that he’s been a water carrier for the Islamics in the past.
I don’t get all this whining and moaning! Spencer Abraham isn’t Secretary of State. He’s simply running this part of Fred’s campaign. He’s someone with connections and Fred needs as many of those as he can get before he gets ready to announce.
I'm pulling for both of them and wouldn't think to insult anyone for backing certain candidates at this point.I agree with you 1000% and I didn't mean to criticize Duncan Hunter or his supporters, both of which I have huge respect for.
The people I was criticizing are the ones who claimed to be former-pro-Fred-now-anti-Fred. I don't believe them (that they were ever pro-Fred to begin with), I suspect them of being Paulites, and I wish they'd just come clean instead of performing a charade.
I am in favor of legal immigration too.
I looked at your link, and the La Raza award isn’t even mentioned in her post.
When Fred finally announces I will reevaluate my support of him based on test #2, his policy platform. Until that happens, I happily support him based on test #1.
Your first test is not enough to earn my support. It is merely enough to not eliminate him from consideration outright. It's easy to talk a good game and project an image, especially for a professional lawyer, politician, and actor. It's what they do for a living. Arnie Schwarzenegger talked a good conservative game, too, and had tons of adoring fanboyz and girlz here on FR and talk radio.
I’m checking LexisNexis for confirmation of this award. No “melting pot” name, but he DID receive an award of some sort.
Copyright 1997 Times Publishing Company
St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
March 2, 1997, Sunday, 0 South Pinellas Edition
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BYLINE: KATHERINE GAZELLA
FLORIDA FUND-RAISER: In the midst of the fund-raising ado involving President Clinton, Sen. Bob Graham and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee will hold a $ 5,000-a-couple fund-raiser in Florida this month.
The main attraction? A speech by President Clinton.
“Recent events have heightened the attention in such events,” said Paul Johnson, executive director of the committee.
To say the least.
However, how will it look for the president to genuflect at the big-money altar while the White House is embroiled in fund-raising controversies?
“There’s an election scheduled for 1998,” Johnson said. “Life and politics go on. You have to raise money - it’s part of the democratic process. Small d.”
The dinner and reception, to be held March 13 at the Turnberry Isle Resort in Aventura, is expected to raise several hundred thousand dollars, he said. Of that, $ 4,000 from each couple will go directly into Graham’s campaign fund and $ 1,000 will go to the committee’s coffers.
Past contributors to Graham, the committee and other Democrats have been invited to shell out big bucks to attend the event. Other prominent Washingtonians involved are the three Democratic senators hosting the reception: Minority Leader Tom Daschle of South Dakota, Robert Torricelli of New Jersey and Bob Kerrey of Nebraska.
The president will attend several fund-raisers throughout his second term to bulk up the bank accounts of various lawmakers and congressional campaign committees, Johnson said.
CLINICAL TRIALS: Under a new proposal, Medicare would pick up part of the tab for elderly cancer patients who participate in experimental treatments.
Sen. Connie Mack, R-Fla., has proposed a bill that would allow Medicare beneficiaries to take part in clinical trials - paid for with outside funding - and would require Medicare to pay for any associated costs.
Mack, a skin cancer survivor, said the measure would allow Medicare recipients to benefit from innovative surgeries and drugs without any added costs to the Medicare program.
In fact, he said, this might save Medicare money because the bulk of the patients’ health care costs would be picked up by the trials’ sponsors.
“Researchers have told us that one of their biggest roadblocks . . . is that Medicare doesn’t cover these clinical trials,” he said. “This legislation will ensure that every senior citizen can have access to the latest technology available.”
Medicare’s policy about clinical trials is unclear. As a result, patients may not be covered for the cost of services normally paid for by Medicare if they enroll in clinical trials.
Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott, R-Miss., supports the bill, as do many prominent cancer groups, including the National Breast Cancer Coalition and the Leukemia Society of America.
GRAHAM HONORED: A national Hispanic group is honoring Graham for his “courageous” work on immigration and welfare reform.
At a Washington ceremony Wednesday, the National Council of La Raza - the largest national constituency-based Hispanic group - will give its annual congressional awards to Graham and Sen. Spencer Abraham, R-Mich.
The Florida Democrat has been “one of the few members of Congress to recognize early on the devastating effects of welfare reform legislation on legal immigrants,” said Raul Yzaguirre, the organization’s president.
Graham was one of only three senators to oppose the welfare bill last year, arguing that it would strip a variety of federal benefits away from immigrants who have entered the country legally.
- Compiled by Times staff writer Katherine Gazella.
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Check the March 5th date.
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The Washington Post
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HEADLINE: March Right Up
BYLINE: Robin Groom
March’s festive parties.
The Washington Savoyards Ltd. gala at the British Embassy offers cocktails, a musicale and more. Tickets: $ 100 ($ 175 per couple). Call 703-525-7513.
Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels and Clarence Clemons with Steve Smith and the Nakeds are some of the performers at the Bartenders’ Ball — which benefits CapCom, Christmas in April, Crossroads, Elementary Baseball, the Frost School and SOME — at the Sheraton Washington. Tickets: $ 100. Call 202-296-7200.
The Northern Virginia Heart Ball, with music by a cardiac specialists’ band, Off Trax, is at the Sheraton Premiere, Tysons Corner. Tickets: $ 250. Call 703-941-8500.
The Avis Cystic Fibrosis Celebrity Tennis Gala XII — tennis, dinner and more — is at the McLean Racquet & Health Club. Tickets for non-tennis-playing guests: $ 100. Tennis players are offered a variety of sponsorship packages.
Ford’s Theatre’s “Gala for the President” with Natalie Cole, Gregory Hines, Jon Bon Jovi and others includes a post-show supper at the Organization of American States. Tickets start at $ 2,500 (for two). Call 202-638-2941.
Howard University’s Charter Day Dinner is at the Washington Hilton. Tickets: $ 250. Call 202-806-2180.
A fashion show by Hecht’s with celebrity models to benefit the D.C. chapter of the American Red Cross is at the Embassy of Finland. Tickets: $ 75. Call 202-728-6469.
The National Council of La Raza’s gala — Sens. Spencer Abraham (R-Mich.) and Bob Graham (D-Fla.) are the honorees; Liz Torres is mistress of ceremonies — is at the National Building Museum. Tickets: $ 250. Call 202-776-1770.
Single-Malt Tasting at the Irish Times benefits the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation International. Tickets: $ 25. Call 202-371-0044.
The Nation’s Capital Chefs Association of the American Culinary Federation’s “Chef and the Child” auction and Chef of the Year Award Dinner is at the Omni Shoreham and benefits Route One Corridor Housing and the Sasha Bruce Youth Center. Tickets start at $ 75. Call 301-317-1299.
The Cancer Research Foundation of America’s spring gala is at the Corcoran. Tickets start at $ 250. Call 703-836-4412.
The National Association of Black Accountants scholarship banquet is at the J.W. Marriott. Tickets: $ 80. Call 703-394-3646.
The 1997 Beaux Arts Masquerade Gala benefiting the Corcoran School of Art scholarship fund is at the Corcoran Gallery. Tickets start at $ 50. Call 202-639-1800..
Childhelp USA’s gala and auction is at the Tysons Corner Ritz-Carlton. Music by Right Mix. Tickets: $ 150. Call 703-241-9100.
The Arlington-Alexandria Coalition for the Homeless’s concert and auction is at Alexandria’s Washington Street United Methodist Church. Tickets are $ 20 ($ 50 for patrons) and $ 10 for children 12 and under. Call 703-525-7177.
The Beethoven Society of America concert and reception is at the German Embassy. Tickets: $ 25. Call 703-938-4696.
Retired Gen. Colin L. Powell is the speaker at the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies’ dinner at the Washington Hilton. Tickets: $ 500. Call 202-789-3545.
“Treasures of the Sea,” the March of Dimes Gourmet Gala, is at the National Building Museum. Tickets start at $ 300. Call 703-824-0111.
The Viennese Opera Ball at the National Building Museum benefits SOS Children’s Villages USA. Tickets: $ 250. Call 202-237-5202.
The Studio Theatre celebration of the opening of the new Mead and the Milton theaters includes dinner and a performance of “Look Back in Anger” or “Sylvia,” March 14-16. Tickets start at $ 250 March 14-15 and $ 100 March 16. Call 202-232-7267.
“Under the Big Top,” the Friends of the Red Cross Ball, is at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium. Tickets: $ 75. Call 202-728-6418.
The first fund-raiser for the Camelot Circle, the Kennedy Center’s young-patrons organization, is at the National Museum of Women in the Arts. Tickets: $ 55. Call 202-416-8313.
The Project Children’s benefit at St. Albans Little Sanctuary features Malachy McCourt, one of the brothers in Frank McCourt’s memoir, “Angela’s Ashes,” and musicians Linn Barnes and Allison Hampton. Tickets: $ 40. Call 202-298-7784.
Composer Marvin Hamlisch and Sallie Mae President and CEO Lawrence A. Hough are the honorees at the Young Audiences of the District of Columbia’s dinner at the Four Seasons Hotel. Tickets: $ 150. Call 202-944-2790.
The Greater Washington Urban League’s Whitney M. Young Jr. Memorial Dinner at the Washington Hilton honors Prince Bandar bin Sultan, D.C. Office of Emergency Preparedness Director Sam Jordan, Lockheed Martin and NewsChannel 8. National Urban League President and CEO Hugh B. Price is the special guest. Tickets: $ 200. Call 202-265-8200.
The Northwest Pregnancy Center and Maternity Home’s dinner at the Capital Hilton honors Rep. Henry Hyde (R-Ill.), Sargent and Eunice Kennedy Shriver, and Anne and George Higgins. Tickets start at $ 125. Call 202-483-7008.
The Juvenile Diabetes Foundation’s Latin American Wine Tasting is at the new Chi-Cha Lounge. Tickets: $ 25. Call 202-371-0044.
Ed Moser, a writer for Jay Leno and author of “The Politically Correct Guide to American History,” is the Friends of the Library, Montgomery County, luncheon speaker at the Writer’s Center. Tickets: $ 15 ($ 10 for the lecture alone). Call 301-217-3882.
The D.C. Chamber of Commerce’s Mayor’s Meritorious Service Awards Luncheon is at the ANA Hotel. Tickets: $ 50. Call 202-347-7201, Ext. 26.
The Fabulous Fantomes are performing at the American Heart Association’s HeartThrob Ball and dinner at Sequoia of Washington Harbour. Tickets: $ 150 (or $ 75 for the ball only). Call 202-686-6888.
The Metropolitan Washington Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation’s Oscar night gala is at Planet Hollywood. Tickets: $ 150. Call 202-537-6800.
The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation’s Media Awards dinner with Rita Mae Brown, Candace Gingrich and others is at the National Press Club. Tickets start at $ 150. Call 202-986-1360.
The National Association of Black Owned Broadcasters’ dinner at the Sheraton Washington honors Samuel L. Jackson, B.B. King, Bryant Gumbel and others. Tickets start at $ 350. Call 202-463-8979.
The Hospitality Sales Marketing Association International’s art auction benefiting the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation International is at the Omni Shoreham. Tickets: $ 25. Call 703-751-2328.
The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation salutes professional singles and businesses at its benefit at the Bethesda Hyatt. Tickets: $ 35. Call 301-657-8444.
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I agree with most of what you said (except that I will never vote for Giuliani) -- but I do think now is the time to support the candidate that most closely fits our views. Hunter's a good guy, but for me, Thompson is the best candidate -- he's a lot more conservative than Hunter in the areas that matter most to me.
This kind of racist garbage does not belong in a presidential campaign. Spencer Abraham is a great American and the lies being spread about him for political advantage is disgusting.
don’t forget to call in a good forensics team to fend off any possible conspiracy theories.
K, I’ll bite who in your opinion is as conservative and electable. (based on past behavior)
Got mine this afternoon, too.
Like I said. Fair weather friend. You never paid attention to him, you projected something from inside your own head onto a mental screen in front of your eyes and labeled it “Fred”.
So of course, the first time he does something that conflicts with your fantasy screen-shot, poof! You’re gone!
Or, even more to the point, the first time a Paulite-inspired campaign of orchestrated hysteria comes along that just happens to conflict with your fantasy screen-shot, poof! You’re gone!
This is America. You’re free to do that. Free to gather up your marbles and go home when you don’t like the game anymore.
That’s what freedom is all about.
Freedom is another word for here-today-gone-tomorrow.
Now that is something I do agree with. All the questions you have put forth are real.
Fred has not yet risen to answer those questions.
This from Thompson today on IWF:
Hazleton Immigraton Decision
Most Americans want something to be done about the illegal immigration problem we have in this country. Theyve been expecting the federal government to enforce the immigration laws already on the books. The federal government hasnt done that, so it shouldnt come as a surprise that the governments closest to the people municipal and state are looking to take action. This is an entirely proper role for these governments.
Back in 2006, the citizens of Hazleton, Penn., were noticing some troubling signs resulting from an influx of illegal immigrants. They were seeing an uptick in the number of murders, an increase in drug-related crimes and a school district bursting at its seams. In fact the English as a Second Language program reportedly went from $500 a year in 2001 to more than $1 million a year today. The citizens of Hazleton demanded that something be done, and the Illegal Immigration Relief Act was introduced by the mayor and supported by the city council by a vote of 4 to 1.
Lets be clear about whats going on here. No matter what some groups may be trying to do to muddy the water and portray Hazletons law as something playing to an uglier agenda, this law is not about legal immigration. This law is about dealing with the illegal immigration problem in Hazleton. The towns mayor and city officials made this clear from the beginning, and it seems like they took a common sense approach.
Our constitutional system allows cities to take reasonable steps to protect their citizens. When the federal government is unwilling to enforce immigration laws effectively, then cities need to be able to act, and take reasonable steps to secure their citizens from the social, financial, and criminal costs of illegal immigration.
No doubt, this ruling will be appealed. And it should be.
Spoken like a true Federalist.
I dont get all this whining and moaning! Spencer Abraham isnt Secretary of State. Hes simply running this part of Freds campaign. Hes someone with connections and Fred needs as many of those as he can get before he gets ready to announce.The "whining and complaining" probably starts with the Paulites amongst us, who are always looking for some pretext to scream out a chicken-little warning about Fred. Then there are the Fred "supporters", those who don't know much about the candidate and have their own preconceived ideas of what Fred should do -- today, tomorrow and yesterday -- to satisfied their stock notions. And when those people hear the latest Paulite-inspired hysterical raving, some of them get infected by it.
That's pretty much what's going on here, in my opinion.
Wow. That’s a pretty clear statement about the rights of citizens to protect themselves from the invasion of illegal aliens — at the local level, if the federal government won’t help.
But this statement CAN’T have come from Fred Thompson. It’s impossible. Not after hiring who he hired to be his campaign manager. Because his campaign manager would probably disagree with this statement and NO candidate can have a policy that differs from the policy of his campaign manager. That’s what we’ve learned here today on Free Republic and that’s something we must all keep in mind.
So I must reject this statement in support of Hazleton by Fred Thompson, simply because, based on his campaign manager, there is no way Fred Thompson could have made this statement.
There are also Fre supporters who are buying into the general idea that Fred is waiting too long, and this is mainly based on their own impatience to have him formally announce.
I have some of this impatience as well and I would rather have him enter the race soon. But I also understand two things:
1. It is a major thing to set up a campaign and since Fred is already a strong #2 he must be sure to enter ready to puch through to the primaries without a lot of stumbling and time to reflect.
2. The general population is not paying attention yet, and sill not get engaged until after summer is over, probably around Labor Day at the earliest. So, even though us hardcore political junkies are impatient the general public is oblivious.
There is plenty of time left and it is more important to get it right than to get it done tomorrow.
Please don’t be impatient. He’s doing the right thing, I’m convinced of it. All these other politicos have convinced themselves that “earlier is better”. Only Fred is playing it smart. I trust his strategy as much as I trust his politics.
The more I learn about Fred, the more I like him... his campaign manager decision notwithstanding.
Hunter’s son goes by the tagline “Duncan Hunter Ambassador”.
I just love that man!
I’m with Thompson too and have been a strong advocate for him for a long time, however I am growing tired of waiting for him.
Get in soon Senator.
Very true, and a lot of his supporters are doing him no support by trashing other conservative candidates like they are.. if the same eye of scrutiny was put on, for example, Hunter's campaign staff, I wouldn't be surprised if there were similar questionable people as Abraham (actually, there is at least one that, if you didn't say who he worked for, would solicit the same reaction as Abraham..)
The difference is, I don't want to trash Hunter and I don't think it is relevant in relation to Hunter's positions.
He hasn't articulated a single specific position, his wife apparently is pissing off his campaign staff, and he keeps delaying his declaration date.
I'm not impressed...
Got it here as well. Of course I have already donated $ to his effort.
You do realize that Congressman Duncan Hunter doesn’t even register on most polls: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/polls
whereas former Senator Fred Thompson is either leading or in second place in most polls. Also, the last time the United States elected a current or former House member to the presidency was Abraham Lincoln in 1860 (on a fragmented four-way ticket). Mr. Lincoln was our 16th president, while we are working on electing our 44th president next year! I’m sure Mr. Hunter is a fine man, a stalwart conservative, and might make a good president, BUT IT’S NOT GOING TO HAPPEN!! Holding back support for Mr. Thompson merely makes it more likely that former Mayor Giuliani or former Governor Romney win the nomination. Is that what you want?! Have you ever heard the saying: “Perfect is the enemy of the good”?
Come back to me once the primaries are here.
Until Fred enters the race, he is, by definition, not electable at all. One needs to be on the ballot.
But, in the spirit of your question: I'm at the stage where I am eliminating primary candidates, not endorsing them. So far, I have eliminated Giuliani, McCain, and Paul, for various reasons. Of those in the race, I like Hunter's record best, and Romney's stated policy ideas best.
This is interesting:
Newt Gingrich has said he wont make up his mind whether to seek the Republican presidential nomination until after the summer, but there are signs he is warming up to Fred Thompson as his preferred GOP candidate.
“Ive always said it was unlikely I would run, and if Thomson runs “and does well, then I think that makes it easier for me not to run, he said in an interview with the Associated Press last week.
But on the same day as the interview, the former Speaker of the Houses communications director Rich Galen said he had signed on as an advisor to Thompsons not yet official campaign.
In another possibly telling sign, Gingrich and his wife had dinner with Thompson and his wife at Thompsons home in Virginia on July 16, according to The Politico.
In my comment I asked “who in your opinion is both conservative and electable based on past behavior”
Can you really consider Mitt conservative based on past behavior? Past behavior = words and deeds” Don’t get me wrong, I like Romney but his conservative bonafides are deeply troubling.
I also like Hunter a lot but unfortunately he is eminently unelectable.
I believe in Reagan's 11th commandment about not criticizing another Republican-but I guess that's part of the primaries.
Abraham did rebuild the Michigan GOP from nothing.
Still wary about this though. Felt that there were so many conservatives Fred could have choosed from. Oh well.