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Thompson Argues Polls Will Change
ABC News, Birmingham, Alabama ^ | November 15, 2007 | Colleen Long

Posted on 11/15/2007 3:49:47 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

Republican presidential hopeful Fred Thompson brushed off concerns Thursday about his single-digit showings in recent Iowa and New Hampshire polls, saying he expects a new television ad on immigration will help boost his numbers. "In the past, a lot of things have changed in the Iowa presidential elections - Howard Dean can tell you that," he said, referring to 2004 when Dean's third-place showing in Iowa derailed his campaign for the Democratic nomination.

"So you've just got to do what you do and keep at it and understand that the end of the day is all that counts," he said.

CBS/New York Times polls in Iowa and New Hampshire show Thompson at 9 and 5 percent for Republicans, respectively. Mitt Romney leads both states with 34 percent in New Hampshire and 27 percent in Iowa.

Thompson, who was in New York for a fundraiser and a closed town-hall meeting, said he expects his recently released television ad in Iowa to help sway voters in that crucial state. The ad stresses the need to secure U.S. borders and enforce immigration laws.

Illegal immigration has divided Republicans and remains a critical issue to many GOP voters. This past summer, Arizona Sen. John McCain supported legislation that would have strengthened border security and allowed for many illegal immigrants to become citizens. The leading GOP contenders, Romney and Rudy Giuliani, both opposed the legislation, which was backed by President Bush (website - news - bio) but failed in the Senate.

On Thursday, Thompson reiterated that the government should strip federal dollars from cities and states that don't report illegal immigrants, and he criticized Giuliani for "going to court to preserve sanctuary cities" while he was mayor of New York City.

Giuliani has defended New York's so-called sanctuary policy, which stopped city workers from reporting suspected illegal immigrants. He sued the federal government to keep his city's policy.

"If we will enforce the border, if we will stop inducements like sanctuary cities, and we will tell employers that they're going to have to obey the law too, then over a period of time, this situation will turn much to the good," Thompson said.

The former Tennessee senator tried to highlight other differences between himself and Giuliani, who has been a supporter of gun control and abortion. Thompson is opposed to both.

He also said the Romney campaign should stop "whining" about losing the National Right To Life Committee's endorsement to him. Thompson said he believed the endorsement would help at the polls.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Extended News; Politics/Elections; US: Iowa; US: New Hampshire; US: South Carolina; US: Tennessee
KEYWORDS: 2008polls; caucuses; electionpresident; elections; fredthompson; fundraising; gop; immigrantlist; immigration; issues; polls; primaries; republicans
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And so they shall. When Fred wins South Carolina, possibly Florida and EVERY other Southern and border state primary, the battle will be joined.
1 posted on 11/15/2007 3:49:48 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Ah, nothing like the smell of unbridled optimism when you wake up in the morning. :)


2 posted on 11/15/2007 3:51:40 PM PST by tyke
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Does anyone know of a site that lists all the primaries, delegates available, and their vote dates? Thanks.


3 posted on 11/15/2007 3:52:13 PM PST by SaxxonWoods (Fred Thompson's Federalism is right on.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

BOB DOLE BOB DOLE BOB DOLE BOB DOLE


4 posted on 11/15/2007 3:54:43 PM PST by GoMonster (GO)
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To: tyke
Did your candidate just receive the endorsement of the National Right To Life Committee with 3,000 chapters in ALL 50 states? I didn't think so! Do you understand what that means? Millions of pro-life members and supporters who will now fundraise and volunteer for FRed!
5 posted on 11/15/2007 3:55:57 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (Your "dirt" on Fred is about as persuasive as a Nancy Pelosi Veteran's Day Speech)
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To: GoMonster

REAGANESQUE, REAGANESQUE, REAGANESQUE, REAGANESQUE


6 posted on 11/15/2007 3:58:11 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (Your "dirt" on Fred is about as persuasive as a Nancy Pelosi Veteran's Day Speech)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Image hosted by Photobucket.com the ONLY poll that counts... isn't till NEXT november!!!
7 posted on 11/15/2007 3:58:39 PM PST by Chode (American Hedonist)
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To: GoMonster

Bob Dole, your name is Romney.


8 posted on 11/15/2007 3:58:39 PM PST by Ingtar (The LDS problem that Romney is facing is not his religion, but his Lacking Decisive Stands.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Even if he doesn’t win I will gladly go down with his ship. He’s a good man who would be just what we need as a president.
9 posted on 11/15/2007 3:59:15 PM PST by McGruff (A "Big Time" Fred Thompson supporter!)
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To: GoMonster
BOB DOLE BOB DOLE BOB DOLE BOB DOLE

You're not too smart! You're not too smart! You're not too smart!
10 posted on 11/15/2007 3:59:35 PM PST by SoConPubbie
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I support Fred...but I think you overstate the NRTL endorsements impact. I think Fred’s position on abortion makes sense, but a lot of hard core anti-abortionists don’t seem to agree with me.


11 posted on 11/15/2007 3:59:38 PM PST by Mr Rogers (I'm not sweating global warming!)
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To: GoMonster
BOB DOLE BOB DOLE BOB DOLE BOB DOLE

Another babbling anti-Fred suffering yet another psychotic hissyfit.

12 posted on 11/15/2007 3:59:38 PM PST by HerrBlucher (He's the coolest thing around, gonna shut HRC down, gonna turn it on, wind it up, blow em out, FDT!)
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To: McGruff

I just can’t imagine voting for any of the rest of them.


13 posted on 11/15/2007 4:00:45 PM PST by Petronski (Willardcare abortions $50 each, $25 per twin. Ask for S&H Stamps!)
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To: GoMonster
You are extremely afraid of Fred Thompson for some reason, based on the repetitive posts I've seen of yours.

Obviously being a RudyBot,I doubt that there are ANY conservatives you would support. You're lost in Rudyville, for a McCain-light liberal.

14 posted on 11/15/2007 4:00:58 PM PST by traditional1
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I'm sorry, but he's not even close to Reagan.

Thompson let Clinton skate on Chinese abuses which Reagan would have exposed in a heartbeat; he is therefore unqualified to be the POTUS.

15 posted on 11/15/2007 4:03:30 PM PST by yooper (If you don't know where you're going, any road will take you there......)
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To: SoConPubbie
Hee hee.. hee hee... hee hee!

LLS

16 posted on 11/15/2007 4:04:39 PM PST by LibLieSlayer (Support America, Kill terrorists, Destroy dims!)
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To: yooper

Do you care to back up your accusation with cold hard facts?

Or are you just a drive-by poster?


17 posted on 11/15/2007 4:04:50 PM PST by SoConPubbie
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To: yooper

See my tagline...


18 posted on 11/15/2007 4:05:55 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (Your "dirt" on Fred is about as persuasive as a Nancy Pelosi Veteran's Day Speech)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Endorsements don’t mean squat.

Only the most informed voter’s even know what the NRLC is.


19 posted on 11/15/2007 4:08:04 PM PST by Coldwater Creek
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To: Chode

Exactly!


20 posted on 11/15/2007 4:08:42 PM PST by Coldwater Creek
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To: yooper
Thompson let Clinton skate on Chinese abuses...

How did he do this?

21 posted on 11/15/2007 4:08:56 PM PST by Petronski (Willardcare abortions $50 each, $25 per twin. Ask for S&H Stamps!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Not if he doesn’t get off his lazy ass and take this run seriously!


22 posted on 11/15/2007 4:09:38 PM PST by Bommer ("He that controls the spice controls the universe!" (unfortunately that spice is Nutmeg!)
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To: yooper

“I’m sorry, but he’s not even close to Reagan.”

Reagan wasn’t Reagan until he served a few years in the White House.


23 posted on 11/15/2007 4:10:25 PM PST by SaxxonWoods (Fred Thompson's Federalism is right on.)
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To: Coldwater Creek

Garbage!

Anybody who is engaged on the Right-to-Life issue knows exactly who the National Right To Life Committee is.

You will have to try harder to minimize this great endorsement!


24 posted on 11/15/2007 4:10:41 PM PST by SoConPubbie
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To: Bommer
"Not if he doesn’t get off his lazy ass and take this run seriously!"

Oh great another variation of the old and worn-out "He's got no fire in his belly".

You keep thinking that and Fred will snore his way right into the White House!
25 posted on 11/15/2007 4:11:52 PM PST by SoConPubbie
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To: Coldwater Creek


Two dozen Willard fans react to
the NRLC endorsement of Freddie!

26 posted on 11/15/2007 4:12:01 PM PST by Petronski (Willardcare abortions $50 each, $25 per twin. Ask for S&H Stamps!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; All

Wow 2DV, the crazies are out tonight...


27 posted on 11/15/2007 4:16:23 PM PST by ejonesie22 (Real voters in real voting booths will elect FDT.)
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To: SaxxonWoods
Does anyone know of a site that lists all the primaries, delegates available, and their vote dates? Thanks.

Try here. Good site for all sorts of election minutiae.

28 posted on 11/15/2007 4:16:51 PM PST by LexBaird (Behold, thou hast drinken of the Aide of Kool, and are lost unto Men.)
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To: GoMonster

Wow.

I didn’t realize you posted here, Mr. Dole.


29 posted on 11/15/2007 4:17:36 PM PST by Politicalmom (Of the potential GOP front runners, FT has one of the better records on immigration.- NumbersUSA)
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To: SoConPubbie
Do your own research. I'm old enough to remember how pissed off I was at the Senator's inaction with regard to Clinton's treasonous sale of missile technology to the Red Chinese. Thompson was the chairman of the senate committee which investigated this, and CLINTON GOT OFF STONE FREE. Thompson let him skate on that and he is therefore unfit to hold the highest office in the US.

And no, I'm not going to go and do your homework for you. You go and google the subject and then come back here and refute what I've said.

I will NEVER vote for Fred Thompson because of the ChiCom BS, and I would hope that anyone who remembers feels likewise.

That said, I don't have a preferred candidate; I just know that Fred doesn't fill the bill. Unless a Republican statesman steps up we stand a strong chance of having a dem in the Oval Office in January of 2009.

30 posted on 11/15/2007 4:18:47 PM PST by yooper (If you don't know where you're going, any road will take you there......)
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To: Petronski
LOL! I imagine that those Mitt fans are full of sour grapes, but not me, because I’m not supporting anyone at this point. I will make up my mind before the primaries.

I’m not used to not having someone at home to discuss this with. My husband passed away in July, and after almost 50 years of marriage, the two things that we agreed on was politic's and religion. I really miss his input.

31 posted on 11/15/2007 4:18:58 PM PST by Coldwater Creek
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To: SoConPubbie
You keep thinking that and Fred will snore his way right into the White House!

Keep dreaming. No one will vote for a man that shows no desire for the office!

32 posted on 11/15/2007 4:21:08 PM PST by Bommer ("He that controls the spice controls the universe!" (unfortunately that spice is Nutmeg!)
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To: Coldwater Creek; Politicalmom; Josh Painter; ejonesie22; papasmurf; jellybean; Jim Robinson
"Endorsements don’t mean squat.

Only the most informed voter’s even know what the NRLC is.

Okay, then why did Mitt Romney and Mike Huckabee fight so hard to get the NRLC endorsement, if it wouldn't have done them any good? Why did uber-Mittwit Paul Weyrich whine, moan and accuse Team Fred of bribery when Willard was denied the prize? Same reason you're tying to downplay it, I presume.

So you are saying that pro-lifer's aren't aware of the largest grassroots pro-life organization in the United States? Sounds like that tripe the media is always spewing about evangelicals being misinformed sheeple and easily led by their preachers and televangelists. Do you agree with the MSM?

33 posted on 11/15/2007 4:22:06 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (Your "dirt" on Fred is about as persuasive as a Nancy Pelosi Veteran's Day Speech)
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To: Bommer

Right, because unbridled lust for power is an attractive quality in a candidate, just look at what it does for Hillary.

Qwinn


34 posted on 11/15/2007 4:22:34 PM PST by Qwinn
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To: Bommer

“No one will vote for a man that shows no desire for the office!”

Exactly why i’ll vote for him. Because he’s not someone that is in it for power. He’s in it because people think he could do something great for this country. The others just seem frothing at the mouth power hungry. No thank you!


35 posted on 11/15/2007 4:23:54 PM PST by spacekicker
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To: yooper

“I’m sorry, but he’s not even close to Reagan.”


Odd complaint coming from a Rudy man.

“I would happily vote for Guiliani, but if McCain is the Veep, no thanks. I’ll stay home.
You Rudy people keeping an eye on FR, please take that to note.”


36 posted on 11/15/2007 4:24:02 PM PST by ansel12 (Proud father of a 10th Mountain veteran. Proud son of a WWII vet. Proud brother of vets, Airborne)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I just know the political apathy that is within the Evangelical/pro life ranks. I would go so far as to say that 9 out of 10 voters’ that say that they are pro life haven’t a clue about this organization.


37 posted on 11/15/2007 4:24:58 PM PST by Coldwater Creek
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To: yooper; SoConPubbie

“That said, I don’t have a preferred candidate;”


See post 36


38 posted on 11/15/2007 4:26:40 PM PST by ansel12 (Proud father of a 10th Mountain veteran. Proud son of a WWII vet. Proud brother of vets, Airborne)
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To: Coldwater Creek
"I just know the political apathy that is within the Evangelical/pro life ranks. I would go so far as to say that 9 out of 10 voters’ that say that they are pro life haven’t a clue about this organization."

Then it's the Fred Thompson supporters and Team Fred's job to get that information out there. Maybe Fred should make a pro-life commercial with the people from NRLC. Show it in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina. His anti-illegal amnesty ad will change some minds, if I know politics.

39 posted on 11/15/2007 4:29:27 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (Your "dirt" on Fred is about as persuasive as a Nancy Pelosi Veteran's Day Speech)
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To: LexBaird

Thanks!


40 posted on 11/15/2007 4:30:11 PM PST by SaxxonWoods (Fred Thompson's Federalism is right on.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The conservative pro-life faction of the Republican party is hopelessly divided between all the major candidates—yes, even Giuliani. There is no evidence yet that this one endorsement is going to change any of that.


41 posted on 11/15/2007 4:30:43 PM PST by tyke
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Fred, not that I’m complaining or anything (which I am) — it’s about time you started caring about polls and such before it is too late and we are stuck with Rudy McRomney......PLEASE!


42 posted on 11/15/2007 4:32:40 PM PST by tioga (Winter is coming soon.)
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To: SoConPubbie

Dont get me wrong I hope to cast my vote for Fred in the GE. He gave me pause yesterday by not being for the HLA. My only two other concerns is clean out the closets now and how serious is his desire for potus.


43 posted on 11/15/2007 4:33:31 PM PST by Bailee
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To: ansel12
You're a very quick researcher, sir. One of the hallmarks of a nitpicker, but I respect that. For the record, I have some issues with Rudy, but not nearly to the level as I have with the rest of the field.

Look, I'm not happy with the crop of candidates we have (Rudy included), but Fred has been trotted out to address those concerns, and has been presented as the "Next Reagan", and nothing could be further from the truth.

44 posted on 11/15/2007 4:34:04 PM PST by yooper (If you don't know where you're going, any road will take you there......)
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To: Mr Rogers

Most of them don’t like Fred because they hopped into bed with other candidates too soon. The NRTL endorsement is HUGE. That’s why it sent a shockwave through the pundit class, as well as the Huckabee and Romney campaigns. Did you hear Hugh Hewitt completely lose it yesterday? The endorsement is HUGE.


45 posted on 11/15/2007 4:35:20 PM PST by perfect_rovian_storm (John Cox 2008: Because Duncan Hunter just isn't obscure enough for me!)
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To: tioga

What would you like him to do?

Tell the reporters that due to his falling polls he’s quitting?

What else can he say in public?


46 posted on 11/15/2007 4:38:15 PM PST by Politicalmom (Of the potential GOP front runners, FT has one of the better records on immigration.- NumbersUSA)
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To: yooper
"...Fred has been trotted out to address those concerns, and has been presented as the "Next Reagan", and nothing could be further from the truth."

Funny, because I worked for President Reagan and I disagree with you. Are they the same man? OF COURSE NOT!! Is Fred the closest we'll get to Mr. Reagan in the foreseeable future? Hell yes!!

47 posted on 11/15/2007 4:38:41 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (Your "dirt" on Fred is about as persuasive as a Nancy Pelosi Veteran's Day Speech)
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To: Politicalmom

Not a thing in public, BUT his late start is being compounded by his slow start. I am worried. I want a TRUE conservative to run. I am banking on Fred or Duncan Hunter.


48 posted on 11/15/2007 4:39:56 PM PST by tioga (Winter is coming soon.)
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To: Politicalmom

What would you like him to do? Tell the reporters that due to his falling polls he’s quitting?
***Yes.

Why the smart money is on Duncan Hunter
Self ^ | 11/11/07 | Kevmo
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1926032/posts

Posted on 11/15/2007 3:43:17 AM PST by Kevmo


49 posted on 11/15/2007 4:43:57 PM PST by Kevmo (We should withdraw from Iraq via Tehran. And Duncan Hunter is just the man to get that job done.)
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To: Kevmo

I’ll bet you would. Still wouldn’t help Hunter overcome his Hunter problem. But our opinions differ on that, even though my opinion is reality based and yours is in Hunter-la-la-land.


50 posted on 11/15/2007 4:45:47 PM PST by perfect_rovian_storm (John Cox 2008: Because Duncan Hunter just isn't obscure enough for me!)
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