Skip to comments.Thompson Argues Polls Will Change
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.
How did he do this?
Not if he doesn’t get off his lazy ass and take this run seriously!
“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.
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!
Wow 2DV, the crazies are out tonight...
Try here. Good site for all sorts of election minutiae.
I didn’t realize you posted here, Mr. Dole.
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.
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.
Keep dreaming. No one will vote for a man that shows no desire for the office!
Only the most informed voters 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?
Right, because unbridled lust for power is an attractive quality in a candidate, just look at what it does for Hillary.
“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.”
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.
“That said, I don’t have a preferred candidate;”
See post 36
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.