Skip to comments.Reviews Are in on Thompson's Debate Performance
Posted on 10/22/2007 9:59:21 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
"Helped Themselves a Lot Tonight: Fred Thompson"
- National Review
"We had been waiting for any speech, any debate appearance, any event with Thompson to be a 'wow, that was fantastic.' Well, tonight was that moment we've been waiting for."
- National Review
"Fred Thompson delivers the first blow..."
- ABC News Political Radar
"Fred going on offense."
"Thompson revved up."
"Kudos to Fred Thompson for coming out swinging tonight."
"He [Fred] ought to get serious points for guts."
- National Review
"'If a man can do all that and be lazy, I recommend it to everybody,' Thompson said to loud applause. Nice comeback."
"That was a really, really strong response from Thompson" [Reference to final question]
"Fred Thompson did quite well. Once again, he ended strong."
"Thompson's ability to slug it out with Giuliani, coupled with overall improvement in the quality of his answers, makes him one of tonight's winners."
"But if this debate is remembered at all, it will probably be because Fred Thompson, arguably a sleeping giant, seemed to wake up."
But but but...
He still looks old...
Came off much better than the first debate.
It doesn't matter how he performs, all the above make him a no-show for the voter, don'cha know?
Fred Thompson ‘08!
IMO last nights winners:
2- McCain ( yeah I know but he did good )
The press seems intent on not giving Hunter any real time asking him 1 question to everyone else’s 4-5.
Ron Paul anchored his position as village idiot, Tancredo is a one issue candidate ( albeit I agree that one issue is a bog one and does inter-twine with others ), and Huckabee as n Arkansas goober.
Thompson is our best crack at a conservative candidate.
Hunter is better, but the media keeps ignoring him.
If Giuliani wins and Thompson shows enough fire, Giuliani might pick him to shore up conservative votes.
McCain had the best lines of the night.
He reminds me of John Riggins - the Diesel. Takes a bit to get up to speed, but tough to stop once he’s going.
Thompson has already ruled out being VP.
I myself, would like a Thompson/Hunter ticket.
Fred did great in the debate. He also stuck it to liberal Rooty.
Dream on. Rooty will pick whoever the gnomes in the MSM tell him to pick to ensure a victory for her with no name.
whoever = whomever
Thompson should choose Duncan Hunter as his VP candidate
No man his age with a wife like his is lazy. Tired maybe, but definitely not lazy.
If this these reviews are correct and
If Fred did get more aggressive and
If Fred did “catch fire,” as it were, then:
Fred may have a good enough organization to listen to the feedback from the voters and adapt accordingly.
Very good. - Most pols really only do one of two things:
Ignore the voters and listen to themselves, or:
Tell everyone everything that they want to hear.
Cautious optimism is warranted.
Yes or as SecDef and make Steele, Barbour, or Watts his VP. A good long shot would be Santorum.
I would like to see Peter Pace approached.
Let the grooming for 2016 begin.
By far. And I don’t think puffing up Fred’s performance is going to help win in 2008. Fred was better but besides two decent one liners, there wasn’t much there. I’m growing tired of everyone proping this guy up and kidding themselves about these debates. Objectively McCain had a great performance, Fred was so-so and unmotivating.
“I myself, would like a Thompson/Hunter ticket.”
Ditto that. A great ticket.
You are sooo bad...
The name "Barney Fife" kept popping into my mind as I watched him last night...
He’s getting better, that’s surely the consensus, and I agree.
He’s still not an “A.” Say what you will about Giuliani, but he’s the best “debate competition” debater and probably will never be bested in that particular part of campaigning. Too much experience at it from his prosecutor days (and he was probably talented at it before then).
But Fred doesn’t need to be an “A” to win.
AT least his hair looked good!
That's what Fred did running for senate. I expected him to start slow and keep getting better and better. So far, so good.
He did pretty well, save for one floundering answer on education.
“He still looks old...”
and tired and unhealthy.....(s)
"I will not let my opponents' youth and inexperience become an issue in this campaign".................
He is old, like many other presidents. I am thinking of Eisenhower and Reagan in particular. Part of the problem is that he has recently lost weight.
I’m still thinking Fred Thompson/J.C. Watts
Except for one enormous distinction; Barney Fife was allowed to carry a bullet for his gun.
Like a big rig 18 wheeer diesel.........
I LIKE bald guys! :)
I have NEVER doubted Fred’s ability to slug it out — I’d have been absolutely stunned if he couldn’t.
“’If a man can do all that and be lazy, I recommend it to everybody,’ Thompson said to loud applause.”
That he might be lazy NEVER entered my mind. If anyone on these threads has come so far and accomplished as much, my hat is off to you as well as Fred.
What I’m trying desperately to do is accustom myself to his “laid-back” approach to the campaign. I’m all for the “slow, but steady wins the race,” approach, but lets pump it up, boy.
Mike Huckabee was the clear winner of the debate last night. Others held their own, rose in acceptance somewhat, but Huckabee and Hunter showed well.
Once, again, I was so proud of all of them. McCain’s star-power line about Woodstock, Rudy’s “Hillary Quote,” Fred’s “No apologies,” were show stoppers. Mitt needs to pump it up, but he lost no ground. Tancredo was priceless on the post debate interviews.
Ron Paul hit the nail on the head for medical insurance and the problems everyone is encountering (docs and patients). He’s shrill and I’d have to put cotton in my ears through every State of the Union address, and he sounds like the village idiot on other issues — BUT HE’S OUR IDIOT and the first guy who takes a shot at him will have to duck my ire.
I’m proud of the field, EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM — I want them all in the White House — preferably at once. They each have a piece of the puzzle.
But...but, he's bald!
Uh, oh, well, so am I...
Well you know, he died from his cancer six months ago, so the road back to full health is a little longer than if he had simply had it treated...
I didn’t watch the debate. I’m leaning towards Fred, but I’m not committed to anything yet except that I strongly oppose Guiliani and to a lesser degree Romney.
That being said, how can you claim Fred won when in another post to FR the following is quoted:
“The Fox News Republican Presidential debate in Orlando Florida revealed that the GOP nomination is still up for grabs. According to Fox News Viewers text voting after the debate, Ron Paul won with 34%, Huckabee came in second with 27%, and Giuliani third with 11%.”
Also, based upon the write up posted on the FOX website, it appears to me that Huckabee was the most “adult” acting person of the group. They quote him:
Mike Huckabee rejected the catfight, noting that he’s content to let the other candidates fight it out. “Shed each other’s blood and then I’ll be ready to run for president because I’m not interested in fighting these guys. What I’m interested in is fighting for the American people, and I think they’re looking for a presidential candidate who’s not so interested in a demolition derby against the other people in his own party,” Huckabee said.
Again they quote him on Mrs. Clinton:
But Huckabee didn’t take so lightly the challenge posed by Clinton.
“You know, it’s interesting, the most, I guess, wonderful reaction we’ve had in this entire room is when Hillary’s name is mentioned. It gets louder than an Aerosmith concert. But I want to say this you’ve asked: What’s the difference? No matter which one of us is on this stage and, look, I like to be funny, let me be real honest with you. There’s nothing funny about Hillary being president,” he said.
Just based upon this information, it looks like Huckabee came out looking the best. It will be interesting if he shows a bump in the polls.
At least FOX didn’t say anything bad about Senator Thompson. It did make it look like he zapped Rudy and Mitt. Which I find a nice thing.
Fred would do much better if he got rid of the “uh’s”....
Although I am still troubled by his CFR ties, I could vote for Thompson if he was the nominee. Especially if Duncan Hunter was his VP
That’s what I like, he looks like he has that wisdom.
I also like what someone said, though I think the were at least trying to make it a negative. They said he was “terse and commanding”
Like I don’t want a POTUS that cuts to the chase, throws no bull*hit and is in charge...
That’s for democrats...
terse and commanding.....not “tears and condescending”.........
Actually he is not that old, 64 is younger than some who have run.
I think you missed the subtle /s tag...
I used to note it in my tag...
Once he was in the open Riggo had 4.4 speed and could outrun all but the quickest DBs.
“save for one floundering answer on education.”
His answer was dead on in my estimation. Gutsy, accurate and exactly where I stand on the issue.
No, that’s John Edwards
LOL! He also had Sheriff Taylor to back him up when he got in over his head!
I was hoping to see Fred step up and he did last night, but when I learned he voted with the trial lawyers and against the doctors he lost my vote. I can’t support a candidate who supports legalized extortion.
>> He reminds me of John Riggins
Man, I miss players like John Riggins...
Does the NFL even have such a player anymore?
What I saw Fred had an excellent night. His last line was something Reagan would come up with. Nailed all his critics with 1 line.
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