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Low-Key Thompson Stumbles Toward Finish Line
ABC ^ | 1/2/08 | Rick Klein

Posted on 01/02/2008 9:00:41 AM PST by pissant

Two days before the Iowa caucuses — day 15 of his 17-day "hands down" bus tour — former senator Fred Thompson's campaign bus stood motionless in the snowy parking lot of a West Des Moines motel, across from a movie theater and a suburban strip mall.

Thompson's campaign scheduled only one event for New Year's Day, a meet-and-greet at the Iowa Veterans Home in Marshalltown, about an hour outside Des Moines. Thompson, R-Tenn., shunned the bus, emblazoned with his picture, for the relative comfort of a black Chevrolet Suburban.

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Thompson has staked his campaign's prospects to Iowa. In seeking to jump-start his campaign last month, he promised to crisscross the Hawkeye State with visits to 50 cities and towns in 17 days aboard his new campaign bus.

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KEYWORDS: abcnews; fred; fredthompson; ia2008; over; projournalism; rickklein
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We'll be waiting for his concession speech.
1 posted on 01/02/2008 9:00:42 AM PST by pissant
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To: pissant
Low-Key Thompson Stumbles Toward Finish Line

Did somebody bother to tell Hunter that the race started?

2 posted on 01/02/2008 9:02:12 AM PST by Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus (Fred Head and proud of it! Fear the Fred!)
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To: pissant

I seriously doubt that. Just saw him on Fox News — he basically told the press to f-off if they don’t like how he is handling his campaign.


3 posted on 01/02/2008 9:03:40 AM PST by Gabz (Don't tell my mom I'm a lobbyist, she thinks I'm a piano player in a whorehouse)
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To: pissant
I think Fred will finish a surprising third in Iowa.Surprising for the MSM, that is.
4 posted on 01/02/2008 9:04:39 AM PST by frogjerk
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To: pissant

No bias in THAT headline! No wonder pissant chose it.


5 posted on 01/02/2008 9:05:00 AM PST by pogo101
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To: frogjerk

He says he needs to finish #2, FWIW


6 posted on 01/02/2008 9:05:25 AM PST by pissant (Duncan Hunter: Warrior, Statesman, Conservative)
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To: pissant

You know, this is another reason why you can’t get started late in the primary season: by December in IA and NH, it can be near impossible to even get around, so your campaigning has to be “in the can” by then.


7 posted on 01/02/2008 9:06:18 AM PST by LS (CNN is the Amtrak of News)
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To: LS

Hope he traded in his gucci loafers for some snow boots.


8 posted on 01/02/2008 9:07:22 AM PST by pissant (Duncan Hunter: Warrior, Statesman, Conservative)
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To: pissant

Pack for a long wait....


9 posted on 01/02/2008 9:07:58 AM PST by ejonesie22 (In America all people have a right to be wrong, some just exercise it a bit much...)
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To: LS

Thompson didn’t start late -— the rest of the pack started WAAAAAAAAY too early.


10 posted on 01/02/2008 9:08:12 AM PST by Gabz (Don't tell my mom I'm a lobbyist, she thinks I'm a piano player in a whorehouse)
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To: pissant
From the article:

Marshalltown was the 45th event, and the campaign is on target to hit 50 by caucus day...

11 posted on 01/02/2008 9:08:18 AM PST by Bob
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To: pissant

I’m glad to see you and ABC have the same opinions.

How does bashing Thompson help Hunter? It only helps Romney, McPain and the Huckster.


12 posted on 01/02/2008 9:08:42 AM PST by rightinthemiddle (Guess what? I'm voting for the Conservative.)
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To: pissant
Hunter's Folly: $63 Million Aircraft Can't Fly

In military-industrial circles, former House Armed Services Committee chairman (and long-shot Presidential candidate) Duncan Hunter is well-known as a guy who makes damn sure that his pet projects get healthy heaps of federal bucks -- whether the Pentagon wants 'em, nor not. Some of these efforts are pretty cool, like the tricked-out, ultra-fast catamaran that the Navy is now using for humanitarian and counter-narcotics missions. Others are considerably, um, less impressive.

Take the DP-2 -- an experimental, vertical take-off aircraft that "Congress has spent more than $63 million on... [but] has never flown more than a few feet," ABC News reports, online and in hilarious video.

13 posted on 01/02/2008 9:09:48 AM PST by org.whodat (What's the difference between a Democrat and a republican????)
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To: rightinthemiddle

I assume the faster Fred drops out, the faster his conservative supporters will back the other conservative in the race, like they should have from day one.


14 posted on 01/02/2008 9:10:01 AM PST by pissant (Duncan Hunter: Warrior, Statesman, Conservative)
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To: org.whodat

LOL. That’s funny.


15 posted on 01/02/2008 9:11:08 AM PST by pissant (Duncan Hunter: Warrior, Statesman, Conservative)
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To: pissant

“Yah think” this is a taaaaaad biased in headlines?

I don’t think ANY candidate is “stumbling” to the finish line.

Peniless to the finish line perhaps.


16 posted on 01/02/2008 9:11:13 AM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: pissant

I don’t think it’s a good idea to endorse this kind of ‘reporting’. The bias oozes out of every line.

To read this piece as you have done, and then to reflect upon it with apparent satisfaction - you’re not doing your guy any favours.


17 posted on 01/02/2008 9:11:22 AM PST by agere_contra (Do not confuse the wealth of nations with the wealth of government - FDT)
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To: pissant

Now you done did it! Fredheads will demand you bow down to their idol.


18 posted on 01/02/2008 9:12:28 AM PST by Extremely Extreme Extremist (13-3 Green Bay Packers - The road to the Super Bowl begins NOW)
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To: Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus
Did somebody bother to tell Hunter that the race started?
Yes ...... But he's not up to it based upon this poll or for that matter any other I've seen.

Mitt Romney      30% 
Mike Huckabee    28% 
John McCain      16% 
Fred Thompson    13% 
Rudy Giuliani     4% 
Ron Paul          4% 
Duncan Hunter     1% 
Undecided         4% 

Hunter's grand race

19 posted on 01/02/2008 9:13:19 AM PST by deport (---1 day Iowa Caucuses--- 6 days New Hampshire votes--- [ Meanwhile:-- Cue Spooky Music--])
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To: pissant
Congressman Duncan Hunter (R-CA), Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, has come under fire from constituents for accepting nearly a quarter million dollars in campaign contributions from missile defense contractors over the past five years. Hunter has also drawn criticism for accepting $46,000 from un-indicted co-conspirators implicated in bribing Hunter’s friend and San Diego colleague, Randy “Duke” Cunningham, who resigned from Congress after pleading guilty.

http://rawstory.com/news/2005/Congressman_tied_to_contractors_bribery_coconspirators_1214.html

20 posted on 01/02/2008 9:13:41 AM PST by org.whodat (What's the difference between a Democrat and a republican????)
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To: Gabz

Exactly. And the idea anyone’s campaign hopes should hing on the returns from Iowa or New Hampshire, is just plain nuts.

For the record, we’re talking about somethink like 0.0015% of the potential voters in November 2008, making or breaking someone. What nonsense...


21 posted on 01/02/2008 9:13:48 AM PST by DoughtyOne (< fence >< sound immigration policies >< /weasles >< /RINOs >< /Reagan wannabees that are liberal >)
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To: pissant

I wish you were right, but the Christian conservatives will go to the Huckster; the fiscal conservatives will go to Mitt. Some will go to McCain because, well, they don’t know any better.

I think Duncan is fantastic. However, as much as I like to B & M, I don’t want to be complaining about having Mitt or Rudy as a nominee.


22 posted on 01/02/2008 9:14:32 AM PST by rightinthemiddle (Guess what? I'm voting for the Conservative.)
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To: org.whodat

Un huh. I hear he is under investigation by the FBI too. A Freeper told me.


23 posted on 01/02/2008 9:16:31 AM PST by pissant (Duncan Hunter: Warrior, Statesman, Conservative)
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To: pissant
Low-Key Thompson Stumbles Toward Finish Line

Low-Brow ABC News Department Wallows in Irrelevance


24 posted on 01/02/2008 9:16:46 AM PST by DoughtyOne (< fence >< sound immigration policies >< /weasles >< /RINOs >< /Reagan wannabees that are liberal >)
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To: pissant

You are a great poster. I disagree but hey, it’s all good


25 posted on 01/02/2008 9:16:59 AM PST by SShultz460 (If peace is the answer; it must be a stupid question.)
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To: pissant

Go ahead, hold your breath.


26 posted on 01/02/2008 9:17:04 AM PST by o_zarkman44 (No Bull in 08!)
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To: deport
Yes ...... But he's not up to it based upon this poll or for that matter any other I've seen.

Which is a shame. I'd have loved to see Hunter do well in the race.

27 posted on 01/02/2008 9:17:24 AM PST by Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus (Fred Head and proud of it! Fear the Fred!)
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To: pissant

Nice to see somethings don’t change with the new year.
Good to see you a man of your convictions and that you
keep chosing to bash Fred instead of going positive on
your candidate.
I am beginning to think that you are Fred obsessed...
yawns.


28 posted on 01/02/2008 9:18:11 AM PST by donnab (saving liberal brains...one moron at a time.)
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To: pissant

Interesting,

It seems the candidate with the fewer supporters and even less cash would be the one to drop out.

The reality is that kook paul has more money in the bank than hunter.

The reality is while MSM is proping up McCain again with free airtime, hunter is not even registering in the polls.


29 posted on 01/02/2008 9:18:38 AM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: DoughtyOne

LOL! Now that is a good retort.


30 posted on 01/02/2008 9:19:30 AM PST by pissant (Duncan Hunter: Warrior, Statesman, Conservative)
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To: pissant

31 posted on 01/02/2008 9:19:49 AM PST by 2nd amendment mama ( www.2asisters.org | Self defense is a basic human right!)
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To: pissant; org.whodat

Wow, relishing an investigation of Duncan Hunter...

Did Jim sell the forum to DU or MoveOn dot org, or are you folks just on the wrong forum?


32 posted on 01/02/2008 9:20:07 AM PST by DoughtyOne (< fence >< sound immigration policies >< /weasles >< /RINOs >< /Reagan wannabees that are liberal >)
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To: pissant; org.whodat
Un huh. I hear he is under investigation by the FBI too. A Freeper told me.

Look, if o.wd doesn't vote for Hunter, then s/he is a baby-killing Communist who just doesn't love America! A Freeper told me that, too.

33 posted on 01/02/2008 9:20:28 AM PST by Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus (Fred Head and proud of it! Fear the Fred!)
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To: pissant

Stumbles ?


34 posted on 01/02/2008 9:20:42 AM PST by Neu Pragmatist (Fred Thompson : Truly Conservative and Truly pro-gun ... unlike some others we know ..)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

You don’t like Fred Thompson either?


35 posted on 01/02/2008 9:20:45 AM PST by Chunga (Fred Thompson '08)
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To: Gabz

I loved it! Especially the part about there being more important differences between himself and another (Democratic) opponent than their campaign schedules.


36 posted on 01/02/2008 9:20:47 AM PST by Honeybunch ("Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind." ~Rudyard Kipling)
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To: DoughtyOne

There’s that, too.

Other than a few comments here and there I avoided the vast majority of ‘08 race threads throughoutout ‘07. That doesn’t mean I haven’t been paying attention, it’s just that I felt it was far to early.

Heck the prognositicating for ‘08 started the morning after Election Day ‘04 here on FR.

It’s now ‘08, now I’ll start participating a bit more.


37 posted on 01/02/2008 9:21:35 AM PST by Gabz (Don't tell my mom I'm a lobbyist, she thinks I'm a piano player in a whorehouse)
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To: pissant

hahahahahaha................Man, you are way off if you consider the other candidates to be conservative!!!!!!!!!

Fred is THE ONLY CONSERVATIVE. Thats why he campaigns within his budget.
If your other so called “conservatives” lead by example, they will tax us and spend like a drunken demoRat.
A good package like Fred don’t need to spend millions of dollars “convincing people” how badly he wants the job.
Man..............your idea of what is conservative is wayyyyyyyy off!!


38 posted on 01/02/2008 9:21:57 AM PST by o_zarkman44 (No Bull in 08!)
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To: Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus

Nope. Just a durn fool.


39 posted on 01/02/2008 9:22:03 AM PST by pissant (Duncan Hunter: Warrior, Statesman, Conservative)
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To: Chunga

I like Fred and will vote for him if he’s the nominee, just that I’m not going to worship him like most FReepers do.


40 posted on 01/02/2008 9:22:43 AM PST by Extremely Extreme Extremist (13-3 Green Bay Packers - The road to the Super Bowl begins NOW)
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To: pissant

Thanks. I’m still wondering why you folks seem to go negative on folks like Thompson and Hunter. They’re the two we need the most.


41 posted on 01/02/2008 9:23:57 AM PST by DoughtyOne (< fence >< sound immigration policies >< /weasles >< /RINOs >< /Reagan wannabees that are liberal >)
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To: Honeybunch

Yup!!!!

Even my husband was cheering at him him on the TV!!!!


42 posted on 01/02/2008 9:24:32 AM PST by Gabz (Don't tell my mom I'm a lobbyist, she thinks I'm a piano player in a whorehouse)
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To: DoughtyOne

Fred didn’t spend enough money on tv commercials for them to be excited.
The media won’t promote the ones who don’t advertise heavily. Advertising is not free. So they will ignore anyone not lining their pockets.


43 posted on 01/02/2008 9:25:31 AM PST by o_zarkman44 (No Bull in 08!)
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To: o_zarkman44
Fred is THE ONLY CONSERVATIVE. Thats why he campaigns within his budget.

Oh, c'mon now. Duncan Hunter would campaign within his budget too - if he had funds to budget.

44 posted on 01/02/2008 9:26:03 AM PST by Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus (Fred Head and proud of it! Fear the Fred!)
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To: DoughtyOne

If Fred pulls it out, he will be one of the few I’d vote for without having to go to confession the next morning. Right now, he is sucking oxygen from Hunter, so he should drop out.


45 posted on 01/02/2008 9:26:17 AM PST by pissant (Duncan Hunter: Warrior, Statesman, Conservative)
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To: Gabz

I agree. That’s been my take as well. People don’t really start paying attention until about a month before elections. Any polls run before that are basically irrelevent. Even then, they are generally skewed toward the leftists. You have to be very careful about what you buy into early on. And that’s why I also avoid shopping early.


46 posted on 01/02/2008 9:26:19 AM PST by DoughtyOne (< fence >< sound immigration policies >< /weasles >< /RINOs >< /Reagan wannabees that are liberal >)
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To: agere_contra; pissant
I guess pissant prefers reporting from ABC?! There are many other reports of Fred's Iowa bus campaign which are very favorable.

Here is a link to another thread of a more conservative analysis of Fred's Iowa retail politics from Human Events: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1947169/posts

47 posted on 01/02/2008 9:26:28 AM PST by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: o_zarkman44

Spot On....Which is why the MSM is so anxious to do everything in their power to kill his campaign.


48 posted on 01/02/2008 9:26:32 AM PST by Rational Thought
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To: Neu Pragmatist

Another attempt to shape the course of human events from a Liberal Weenie Headline Writer.


49 posted on 01/02/2008 9:26:36 AM PST by rightinthemiddle (Guess what? I'm voting for the Conservative.)
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To: pissant
...day 15 of his 17-day "hands down" bus tour...


50 posted on 01/02/2008 9:26:49 AM PST by McGruff (A "Big Time" Fred Thompson supporter!)
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