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  • Kenseth out, Stenhouse in at Roush Fenway starting in 2013

    06/26/2012 10:16:26 AM PDT · by Josh Painter · 10 replies
    Yahoo! Sports ^ | Tuesday, June 26, 2012 | Jay Busbee
    Here's a summer's-day stunner: Matt Kenseth, the Sprint Cup points leader and current best average finisher, is leaving Roush Fenway at the end of the 2012 season. His replacement will be Ricky Stenhouse Jr., the reigning Nationwide series champion and a driver well positioned to make the jump to Sprint Cup. The Roush Fenway statement announcing Kenseth's departure was long on gratitude — "We're fortunate that we were able to tap into Matt's potential and bring him on board many years ago," said Jack Roush — but short on the specifics of whether Kenseth jumped or was pushed out of...
  • Thompson - it's official

    09/05/2007 5:16:00 PM PDT · by djf · 190 replies · 5,591+ views
    KING5 TV in Seattle is reporting that Fred Thompson has made the announcement during a taping for tonights' "Tonight Show" with Jay Leno.
  • What We Saw at the Iowa Straw Poll (Fredheads E-Mail)

    08/14/2007 11:36:59 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies · 714+ views
    Texas Fredheads | August 14, 2007 | Ken Emanuelson
    I'm pleased to report that the FredHead Express team made it safely back in Texas. The response in Iowa was really great. More often than not, our table had people in front of it giving us encouragement and begging for Fred stuff. A bunch of people from the rival campaigns dropped by to (quietly) tell us they'd be backing Fred once he's in. Some whispered that they'd voted for Fred in the poll. A McCain supporter told us the McCain folks sent out an "alert" once they found out we were there. We all got a kick out of that...
  • Peaking too soon?

    08/10/2007 8:11:34 AM PDT · by Josh Painter · 2 replies · 382+ views
    Daily Mail blogs ^ | August 9th, 2007 | Don Surber
    Democrats are great at electing presidents in March when the election is held in November. Dukakis, Gore and Kerry were all locks in their races — until the fall campaign actually began. In this cycle, Democrats prepared for November, but the November they picked is 2007, not 2008. The campaign began too early as Hillary Clinton concluded that she could not allow Barack Obama to build momentum early. Her official entry triggered everyone (except Fred Thompson) to go from the feel-good exploratory mode to actually campaigning. Debates are being held already, and not in a substantive Lincoln-Douglass way. The latest...
  • Sen. Thompson launches new site, weekly updates

    08/07/2007 7:22:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies · 1,112+ views
    The Hill ^ | August 8, 2007 | Sam Youngman
    Former Sen. Fred Thompson (R-Tenn.) announced the launch of his revamped website and started sending out promised weekly updates to online supporters Tuesday. Thompson’s first update to supporters borrows a page from former Sen. George Allen’s (R-Va.) playbook, using football references to make everyone feel like they’re part of the team. “Team Thompson needs your support as the 12th man ... and as the 12 millionth man,” Thompson’s e-mail reads. “Thank you so much for everything you are doing.” The new website contains some components from the first one, includes a biography page and numerous ways to contribute money, but...
  • Is GOP Straying from Conservative Base?

    08/07/2007 3:53:12 AM PDT · by monomaniac · 135 replies · 1,743+ views
    Citizen Link ^ | 8-6-2007
    As the Republican National Committee (RNC) wrapped up its four-day annual summer meeting in Minneapolis over the weekend, some leaders were left wondering if the party is straying from its conservative stance on social and religious issues. "Evangelical and pro-life Catholics are a critical part of the GOP's electoral coalition," James Bopp Jr., an Indiana member of the RNC, told The Washington Times. "The GOP cannot win in 2008 without their enthusiastic support. It remains to be seen whether the GOP is moving away from them. Whether the GOP is doing so will be determined by who is nominated for...
  • Republican Presidential Candidate Debate #4 - Des Moines, IA 08/05/07 - Official Discussion Thread

    08/05/2007 5:29:36 AM PDT · by CounterCounterCulture · 501 replies · 14,870+ views
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    Republican Presidential Candidate Debate #4 – Des Moines, Iowa 08/05/07 - Official Discussion Thread ABC News will be conducting a debate to be aired on This Week. The nine announced GOP presidential candidates meet in a campaign debate at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. George Stephanopoulos is the moderator; Des Moines Register political writer David Yepsen poses additional questions. Debate starts at 8 am CT (9 am ET/ 6 am PT) * check local stations for broadcast time in your area * Candidates participating Sam Brownback Rudy Giuliani Mike Huckabee Duncan Hunter John McCain Mitt Romney Ron Paul Tom...
  • GOP hopefuls train fire on Dems

    08/05/2007 7:21:08 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies · 841+ views
    The Politico ^ | August 5, 2007 | Jonathan Martin
    DES MOINES -- Although heated at the outset, the GOP debate quickly settled into a mild-mannered Sunday morning affair that saw the Republican presidential hopefuls training their fire on would-be Democratic opponents more than on each other. On issues ranging from the war in Iraq to health care to taxes, the top-tier contenders were mostly of a like mind during the 90-minute session held at Drake University and broadcast on ABC News. The session did, though, get off to a contentious start when moderator George Stephanopoulos opened things up by playing a "robo-call" that Kansas Sen. Sam Brownback's campaign has...
  • Former (Florida)state house speaker gives [Fred]Thompson's campaign a boost

    08/02/2007 12:07:20 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies · 537+ views
    The Miami Herald ^ | August 1, 2007 | Beth Reinhard
    Fred Thompson's fundraising for his budding presidential bid garnered lackluster reviews Tuesday, but one little-known town in Central Florida emerged as a financial bedrock: Plant City, hometown of former state House Speaker Johnnie Byrd. Thanks to Byrd -- who rounded up his college-age daughters, wife, law partner, clients and friends -- Thompson received more donations from Plant City than from any other municipality in Florida, according to his first report as an unofficial candidate. ''I think Fred Thompson is the right man at the right time,'' said Byrd, who held one of the most powerful positions in state government from...
  • Fred Thompson’s Long ‘Exploration’ Raises Money — and Confusion

    07/31/2007 10:20:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies · 960+ views
    Congressional Quarterly ^ | July 31, 2007 | Marie Horrigan
    There always is a learning curve when even an experienced politician runs for president. So Fred Thompson — the former Tennessee senator, actor and much-hyped prospective candidate for the Republican White House nomination — can take this lesson from the first money report for his still-unofficial campaign: Don’t publicly announce fundraising goals unless you know you are going to meet them. The $3.46 million raised in the month of June by “Friends of Fred Thompson” sounds like a solid number. But that figure fell short of the $5 million expectation set by the Thompson camp itself. Somewhat surprisingly, then, the...
  • Media Bias in Reporting Thompson Fundraising (Fred Alert!)

    08/01/2007 2:31:03 AM PDT · by Josh Painter · 16 replies · 404+ views
    The Liberty Sphere ^ | August 01, 2007 | D. Martyn Lloyd-Morgan
    The mainstream media, relying on the skewed opinions of a few pundits with a vested interest in negative spin, have shown remarkable bias in reporting Fred Thompson's fundraising. The former U.S. Senator from Tennessee raised 3.5 million dollars in the month of June alone. Yet Katie Couric and CBS News put a negative spin on the story, as did the pundits at Politico.com. Even Fox News reported the story with a negative slant. Couric emphasized that Thompson did not reach the stated goal of 5 million in June. Fox pointed to supposed turmoil in the Thompson camp, leading to the...
  • Backers want Thompson in White House race

    07/31/2007 10:49:25 AM PDT · by SunStar · 51 replies · 1,112+ views
    Reuters ^ | Tue Jul 31, 2007 1:21PM EDT | Steve Holland
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican Fred Thompson needs to say in August if he is running for president because he has enjoyed about all the benefits he can expect from being a noncandidate, a key backer said on Tuesday. The Hollywood actor turned White House contender announced he had raised more than $3.4 million in June -- less than the predicted $5 million -- for his presidential campaign-in-waiting, amid some concerns he has waited too long. "The level of support and enthusiasm from people across this country is inspiring," said a statement from Thompson, who said donations came from 9,167 people...
  • Encounters with "Regular Guy" Fred Thompson

    07/31/2007 1:53:30 PM PDT · by houston1 · 84 replies · 1,492+ views
    New York Magazine ^ | 07/26/2007 | Stephen Rodrick
    Fred Thompson is laying on the southern-fried charm. It’s a tire-melting afternoon in June,and the son of Lawrenceburg, Tennessee, turned two-term United States senator, Law & Order star,and now almost Republican presidential candidate has just arrived at the Clarion Townhouse hotel in Columbia, South Carolina, for a state-party fund-raiser. A crush of reporters has swarmed him, one of whom has just asked if today will be the day Thompson makes things official. Thompson delivers his honey-smooth reply as if on cue. “I’m just testing the waters, but the water is pretty warm,”he says as he plows toward the ballroom... In...
  • Analysis: Fred Thompson Faces Few Bumps

    07/31/2007 3:54:11 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 97 replies · 1,260+ views
    Examiner ^ | July 31, 2007 | LIZ SIDOTI, AP
    Republican Fred Thompson has faced a series of bumps in his preliminary campaign, casting doubt on the strength of his would-be candidacy and raising questions about his potential for success.Despite the difficulties, the "Law & Order" actor and former Tennessee senator continues to post strong marks in national surveys and early primary state polls five months before voting begins. But his transformation from a man simply flirting with a bid to one on the brink of an official candidacy has been far from smooth the past few months.His challenge: living up to the hopes of dispirited Republicans searching for a...
  • Election Should Be All About The Supreme Court for Social Conservatives

    07/31/2007 4:51:01 AM PDT · by Valin · 180 replies · 2,695+ views
    Townhalll ^ | 6/30/07 | John Stemberger
    The Upcoming Presidential Election Should Be All About The Supreme Court for Social Conservatives Big Trouble We are in big trouble. Whether you consider the historical cycle of presidential elections; the results of the 2006 election; the mood of the country; or the unfavorable ratings of the President, the odds are that conservatives will have our heads handed to us on a silver platter in 2008. Unless our movement gets its act together quickly and gets on the same page, one thing is for sure-- we are in big trouble. No Perfect Candidate Many conservatives are frustrated by the field...
  • Fred Thompson, Neocon

    07/31/2007 3:40:13 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 117 replies · 1,848+ views
    The Nation ^ | August 13, 2007 Issue | David Corn
    The neoconservatives are not riding high these days. The Iraq War--their number-one cause--is a failure, and the public has turned on the war, George W. Bush and Dick Cheney, their top man in the Administration. Meanwhile, the so-called foreign policy realists appear to have the upper hand against the Administration's dwindling neocon cell in many internal policy squabbles. But the neocons are faring rather well when it comes to the presidential race. The leading GOP contenders are all die-hard fans of the war. And the newest star in the show--Fred Thompson, the former Republican senator from Tennessee, onetime lobbyist and...
  • Fred Thompson Wins, Ron Paul Second in South Carolina Straw Poll

    07/29/2007 9:59:15 PM PDT · by George W. Bush · 103 replies · 2,107+ views
    UusaElectionPolls.com ^ | 7/28/07 | Tom Swatzel, Georgetown County SC Republican Party
    Fred Thompson Wins, Ron Paul Second in South Carolina Straw Poll Fred Thompson Wins Georgetown County Straw Poll FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 28, 2007 Contact: Tom Swatzel (843) 357-1673PAWLEYS ISLAND, SC--Former U.S. Senator Fred Thompson convincingly won the Georgetown County Republican Party presidential primary straw poll today with 46% of the votes, while second and third place finishers Congressman Ron Paul and Governor Mitt Romney had 18% and 17% respectively. Georgetown County Republican Party Chairman Tom Swatzel said, "Senator Fred Thompson and his committee are to be congratulated for their efforts today. It's clear his supporters are well organized and...
  • All Fred's men (and Women)

    07/29/2007 2:24:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies · 1,016+ views
    The Atlantic ^ | July 27, 2007 | Marc Ambinder
    Chris Cillizza wrote about, and now you can see it -- after the jump, the full list of Fred Thompson staffers and ... recent staffers as compiled by a rival campaign. THOMPSON STAFF HIRES (Through 7/25/07) Spencer Abraham As Co-Campaign Manager. (Libby Quaid, “Thompson Shakes Up Staff,” The Associated Press, 7/24/07) Randy Enwright As Co-Campaign Manager. (Libby Quaid, “Thompson Shakes Up Staff,” The Associated Press, 7/24/07) Previously, It Was Reported That Enwright Would Be Political Director For Thompson’s Campaign. “Randy Enwright, a Republican political consultant from Florida with ties to the Iowa presidential battleground, has been tapped as political director...
  • Is Fred Thompson the GOP's Savior? (Time Magazine Cover)

    07/26/2007 7:21:34 AM PDT · by hardback · 195 replies · 2,905+ views
    Time.com ^ | 7/26/7 | Davis Yellen
    Many Republican faithful, from the grass roots to the Capitol, have concluded that Fred Thompson, the preternaturally avuncular actor and former Senator from Tennessee, is the cure-all for their party's ills. Thompson has yet to enter the presidential race, and yet Thompson already shares front-runner status with former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani in some national polls of gop voters. Thompson will spend the rest of the summer raising money, which he was scheduled to do conspicuously at a donor event in Washington on July 28. Another advantage to waiting: the longer he remains an unofficial candidate, the longer...
  • Protester removed from Fred Thompson event

    07/25/2007 1:34:43 PM PDT · by Jokelahoma · 322 replies · 5,473+ views
    CNN Political Ticker ^ | 07/25/07 | Steve Brusk
    HOUSTON, Texas (CNN) – A woman screaming “you’re not a real conservative, sir” was removed by police from a welcoming reception for likely GOP presidential candidate Fred Thompson Wednesday morning. A second protester was also taken from the room. Houston police officers escorted the woman — as well as a man — from the hangar at Hobby Airport, where Thompson was shaking hands with a crowd of supporters. They were not arrested. The woman questioned Thompson as he talked to reporters. She asked him why he was a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and noted that the organization...
  • Thompson Gains Among Social Conservatives

    07/25/2007 8:43:09 AM PDT · by hardback · 29 replies · 972+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | 7/25/7 | Scott Helman
    Some of the nation's most influential social conservatives say their movement is quickly coalescing around Fred Thompson, the former senator from Tennessee, for the Republican presidential nomination, a decision that would bolster his expected campaign with money and grass-roots support. Dissatisfied with the current crop of GOP contenders, these conservative leaders say Thompson possesses the right combination of electability and conservative values -- the two ingredients they believe are necessary to energize evangelical voters and keep the White House in Republican hands in 2008. "There's a consensus developing around him that's pretty clear and pretty profound," said John Stemberger, president...
  • The [Fred]Thompson Effect

    07/19/2007 11:21:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies · 900+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | July 19, 2007 | Chris Cillizza
    Ever since former Sen. Fred Thompson (R-Tenn.) floated the idea of a presidential candidacy earlier this year, we've been grappling with where he fits in the field. We've talked to any number of Republican strategists -- both those working for other candidates and those who are unaffiliated -- in an attempt to learn who Thompson helps, who he hurts, and whether or not he belongs in the top tier. Some believe Thompson is the frontrunner-in-waiting, a movie star with a southern drawl -- the answer to the prayers of conservative voters looking for a candidate to call their own. Others...
  • Fred Thompson Now Leads Rudy Giuliani While Hillary Clinton Maintains Lead Over Barack Obama

    07/19/2007 9:40:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies · 1,049+ views
    Yahoo! Finance ^ | July 19, 2007 | Tracey McNerney
    Other Candidates Still A Long Way Behind These Four Leaders. In the Republican nomination race, former U.S. Senator Fred Thompson, while still not a declared candidate, has edged marginally ahead of Mayor Rudy Giuliani. Three in ten (29%) of those who expect to vote in a Republican primary or caucus would vote for Thompson while 28 percent would vote for Giuliani (and a one percent difference is not statistically significant). On the Democratic side, the top contenders have not changed. Senator Hillary Clinton is still in the lead, as over one-third (35%) of those who would vote in a Democratic...
  • Romney gets after Fred [Thompson]

    07/18/2007 2:03:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 155 replies · 2,537+ views
    The Politico ^ | July 18, 2007 | Jonathan Martin
    Fred Thompson complicates life for Mitt Romney. Without the Tennessean in the race, Romney's folks had visions of a head-to-head match-up with Rudy, and all that entails, dancing in their head. But it doesn't seem like they're going to have that option. So now they're trying to define Fred before he even gets in. As I reported in my weekend piece on Thompson, Romney's top social conservative staff liasion has sought to cast doubt on the former senator's commitment to the pro-life cause. "FYI -- wanted to make sure you were all updated as this story develops and we all...
  • Final 2nd Quarter FEC Reports

    07/18/2007 10:15:17 AM PDT · by dangus · 15 replies · 532+ views
    FEC ^ | as of 7.18.07 | Compiled by Dangus
    The July 15th FEC reports for presidential candidates are avilable. Below are the results for all declared candidates. Fred Thompson is not included, since he has not yet filed as a candidate with FEC. McCain is not quite as dead as many have made him out to be; some reports said he was down to about a quarter million dollars. But he IS dead... Romney is running on his own money, it seems... Kucinich is absolutely bankrupt... Romney has bought his standing in New Hampshire and Iowa by spending $34 million;... Nader doesn't look like he's preparing for another run...
  • Sen. Fred Thompson, others, to Speak in Philadelphia at ALEC's Annual Meeting

    07/17/2007 3:45:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies · 624+ views
    PR Newswire ^ | July 16, 2007 | Jorge Amselle
    PHILADELPHIA, July 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Former U.S. Senator, and possible presidential candidate, Fred Thompson and Gov. Mike Huckabee will speak before an audience of nearly 2,000 state legislators and business leaders at the American Legislative Exchange Council's National Forum luncheon at ALEC's 34th Annual Meeting in Philadelphia on Friday, July 27. This event is just part of ALEC's annual meeting held July 24 to 29 at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown at 1201 Market Street. Other speakers will include Former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, Newt Gingrich, The Honorable Dick Armey, The Honorable Billy Tauzin, Neil Cavuto of FOX...
  • Political pundits debate Fred Thompson's younger wife

    07/15/2007 9:49:45 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 84 replies · 3,841+ views
    Afriquenligne ^ | July 14, 2007
    Political analysts widely regard Fred Thompson as a potential, if not likely, candidate in the United States presidential election in 2008. Thompson is a lawyer, lobbyist, character actor and former Republican Senator for Tennessee now residing in McLean, Virginia near Washington D.C. A recent article in The New York Times (NYT) labelled his wife, Jeri Kehn Thompson as a "trophy wife" and a potential liability in the 2008 race. The NYT article described her as having "youthfulness, permanent tan and bleached blonde hair" and wonders if "so-called values voters" would "accept this union." Thompson and Kehn, married in June 2002,...
  • Possible Presidential Candidate Fred Thompson Meets On Giuliani's Turf

    07/12/2007 5:00:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies · 1,434+ views
    NY1 News ^ | July 12, 2007
    Possible GOP presidential candidate Fred Thompson had two meetings on Rudolph Giuliani's home turf today. Thompson met with Michael Long, head of the state conservative party and with Steve Cassidy, president of the firefighters union. Yesterday, the International Association of Fire Fighters released a video, criticizing Giuliani's handling of 9/11. When asked about the controversy, the former Tennessee senator, a Republican, refused to weigh in and would not comment on Giuliani's record on 9/11. "I have the greatest respect for Steve and his organization and what they're doing,” said Thompson. “I've read about it but I don't have enough knowledge...
  • Being Right About Immigration

    07/12/2007 12:09:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 90 replies · 2,107+ views
    AOL Stump ^ | July 1, 2007
    The alliance of talk radio, blogs and grassroots efforts was a winner when it came to defeating the "shamnesty" bill. Conservatives were enraged and showed just how much power we possess: A Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of 15,000 adults in June found that just 32.0% now say they're Republicans. That's up more than a full percentage point from a month ago and is within a tenth-of-a-point of the GOP's best showing in ten months. This is purely because of the efforts put forth to defeat a bill that would've rewarded those who broke our laws. The Bush administration suffered...
  • [Fred]Thompson, Giuliani Seen as Winners as McCain Campaign Struggles

    07/11/2007 2:13:48 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies · 1,267+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | July 11, 2007 | Heidi Przybyla
    Former Tennessee Senator Fred Thompson, a champion of traditional conservatives, and Rudy Giuliani, a favorite of political independents, may be the biggest beneficiaries if John McCain's bid for the Republican presidential nomination collapses, political experts say. McCain's campaign is teetering after the loss yesterday of his chief political aides, a blow that comes the week after a disappointing fund-raising report. McCain, 70, once the Republican frontrunner, is vowing to fight on amid growing speculation about his viability. If McCain is forced to abandon the race or loses more ground, Thompson and Giuliani will try to scoop up his political and...
  • The Man-Crush Primary (Fred vs. Silky Pony) [Barf Alert]

    07/09/2007 4:23:30 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies · 1,157+ views
    The American Prospect ^ | July 4, 2007 | J. Goodrich
    Why are so many pundits enamored of the Republican candidates' manliness -- and so eager to equate "presidential" with "masculine"? How do you decide who gets your vote in the presidential elections? Is it determined by the candidates' physical appearance, by the charisma they radiate or by the emotional strings they manage to tug deep inside you, conjuring childhood yearnings for security and a night-light after dark? And if you do cast your vote on these grounds rather than on the candidates' policies, do you want political pundits to tell you what they think about the looks, smells, and aura...
  • Run, Fred, Run (Unintended Humor & Barf Alert!)

    07/07/2007 4:48:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies · 699+ views
    The Chattanoogan ^ | July 7, 2007 | Stuart F. James
    Run, Fred, run - yes, I want Fred Thompson to run for President. I want him to announce now. I want him to be the leader of the pack; I want him out there talking about how he wants to return to the days of Ronald Reagan. With Republicans on the conservative right clamoring to find a candidate, Fred Thompson appears to be rising to the top of the conservative list. Congressmen like Zach Wamp of Tennessee love to tout Fred Thompson as being the next Ronald Reagan. Apparently, Zach Wamp adamantly supports Fred Thompson because he has the conservative...
  • AP/LAT Don't Mention Thompson Abortion Lobbying Claims Are Made by Hillary Supporters

    07/07/2007 3:41:15 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies · 877+ views
    Newsbusters ^ | Warner Todd Huston
    The AP, taking their cue from the new because-she-said-so story offered by the L.A.Times, has run with a short clip on a story that claims Fred Thompson was working as a lobbyist for an abortion agency in 1991, giving the hearsay evidence against him but not offering the meat of his against the claim. The result is that the AP offers more "evidence" against Thompson than it does for him making it too easy to conclude he is "guilty" of the charge of lobbying for an abortion advocacy organization. The AP did a wonderful job making this story seem more...
  • [Fred] Thompson can keep money secret _ for now

    07/06/2007 6:27:08 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies · 897+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | July 6, 2007 | JIM KUHNHENN
    Come next weekend, presidential candidates will be opening up their second quarter finances and placing their spending and their donors up for a new round of scrutiny. Fred Thompson will not. Thompson, the "Law & Order" television actor and former Republican Tennessee senator, has been retaining staff, opening a headquarters, holding fundraisers and touting his credentials as a potential White House contender. But he has not said definitively that he's a candidate for president. Instead, Thompson is officially "testing the waters" of a campaign. It's a status that allows him to explore a candidacy without having to file financial disclosures...
  • [Fred] Thompson runs past GOP rivals as a noncandidate

    07/02/2007 9:06:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies · 1,302+ views
    Dallas Examiner ^ | July 2, 2007 | Bill Sammon,
    Fred Thompson, who was once expected to announce his presidential candidacy on the Fourth of July, has decided not to rush into the contest, since he is already passing rivals as a noncandidate. The former Tennessee senator is outpolling Republican rival John McCain, whose cash-strapped presidential campaign fired some staffers Monday and asked others to work for free. As a noncandidate, Thompson doesn't have to worry about the mechanics of running a campaign. But Thompson's success has not gone unnoticed by rival campaigns or the media, both of which have turned up the heat on the TV and film actor...
  • Ga. GOP leaning [Fred] Thompson

    07/02/2007 2:33:58 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies · 813+ views
    The Walton Tribune ^ | July 1, 2007 | Brian Arrington
    If it was up to Peach State Republicans, former Tennessee senator and actor Fred Thompson would lead the country beginning in 2008. Thompson would beat out former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani for the Republican nomination 25 to 20 percent, according to the latest Strategic Vision, LLC poll of 800 likely Georgia voters. When Republicans were polled on who they’d stand behind in the crucial 2008 presidential election, Thompson and Giuliani edged out U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. (11 percent), former House speaker Newt Gingrich, (7 percent); Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (6 percent) and former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee...
  • Poll: [Fred] Thompson A Factor In GOP Race

    06/29/2007 6:45:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies · 962+ views
    CBS News ^ | June 29, 2007
    Fred Thompson still hasn't officially entered the race for the Republican presidential nomination, but he's already a strong contender. Thompson, the "Law & Order" actor and former Tennessee senator, is tied with Arizona Sen. John McCain for second place, behind former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, in the latest CBS News poll. With Thompson in the mix, Giuliani leads among Republican primary voters with 34 percent. He's followed by Thompson and McCain, at 22 percent and 21 percent, respectively; and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney at 6 percent. Without Thompson in the field, Giuliani jumps up to 42 percent, trailed...
  • {Fred]Thompson’s ‘testing’ ploy raises eyebrows (GOP gnats attack)

    06/29/2007 7:48:12 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies · 1,190+ views
    The Hill ^ | June 29, 2007 | Sam Youngman
    Former Sen. Fred Thompson (R-Tenn.) may be violating Federal Election Commission (FEC) laws by failing to report funds raised in the second quarter, which ends tomorrow — giving his probable presidential campaign a one-month fundraising advantage over his rivals in the third quarter. Republican or Democratic rivals could file a complaint against Thompson if he enters the 2008 presidential race and it becomes apparent that he spent the month of June campaigning rather than wrestling with the decision to run. Thompson is operating under the “testing the waters” clause of FEC laws, allowing him to raise money, travel and conduct...
  • US Rep. Miller (R-FL1) supports Fred Thompson for president

    06/28/2007 10:20:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies · 756+ views
    NW Florida Daily News ^ | June 28th, 2007 | Tom McLaughlin
    Jeff Miller is a friend of Fred. Florida’s First District congressman couldn’t wait for former U.S. Sen. Fred Thompson to officially enter the presidential race to declare his allegiance. Thompson has formed a committee to explore his options and is expected to state his intention to seek the presidency sometime in July. Miller, R-Chumuckla, sent a letter to supporters June 20 backing the Republican from Tennessee. “Now that he has established his exploratory committee and a decision to run appears imminent, I want to make my endorsement of Senator Thompson for President official,” Miller said. In the letter, Miller calls...
  • Can Fred Thompson Win in 2008? (3 part series on Lefty Mag TNR)

    06/27/2007 6:49:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies · 1,289+ views
    The New Republic ^ | June 25/26/27, 2007 | Jonathan Chait & Jason Zengerle
    Last week every Republican presidential candidate with hopes of emerging as "The True Conservative" in the race--Mitt Romney, Sam Brownback, Duncan Hunter, and Ron Paul--traveled to Kansas City to speak to the National Right to Life Convention (NRLC). And then there was Fred Thompson. Although he's not yet an official candidate, Thompson clearly plans to run--and he plans to run as the Truest of True Conservatives. So it seemed that a sojourn to Kansas City to stoke an important segment of the conservative base would be in order. But Thompson skipped the trip, choosing instead to address the NRLC by...
  • New Hampshire Dem leader is . . . Al Gore

    06/27/2007 5:16:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies · 881+ views
    A New Hampshire presidential poll by WHDH-TV and Suffolk University shows that local Democrats prefer Al Gore to any of the current contenders. Hillary Clinton has a solid lead over the rest of the current Democratic field. The poll, released this afternoon, shows 37 percent of likely Democratic voters backing Clinton or leaning towards her. Barack Obama was at 19 percent, with both John Edwards and Bill Richardson at 9 percent. Al Gore, however, could enter the race as the leader. When his name is added, Clinton loses more than a quarter of her support, while Gore is backed by...
  • Statement by the Press Secretary on Comprehensive Immigration Reform

    06/26/2007 2:14:40 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 65 replies · 1,467+ views
    The White House ^ | June 26, 2007 | Office of the Press Secretary
    STATEMENT BY THE PRESS SECRETARY Earlier today, in speaking about comprehensive immigration reform, President Bush misspoke. He told a group, "You know, I've heard all the rhetoric - you've heard it, too - about how this is amnesty. Amnesty means that you've got to pay a price for having been here illegally, and this bill does that." This has been construed as an assertion that comprehensive immigration reform legislation before the Senate offers amnesty to immigrants who came here illegally. That is the exact opposite of the president's long-held and often-stated position. President Bush has noted repeatedly that the comprehensive...
  • Democrats tear into Fred Thompson

    06/25/2007 2:36:58 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 137 replies · 3,829+ views
    Democrats tear into Fred Thompson By: Mike Allen June 25, 2007 04:35 PM EST Even before his expected July announcement, Fred Thompson's all-but-declared entry into the Republican presidential stakes has prompted the Democratic National Committee to attack him as a potential GOP front-runner and to use his prospective candidacy to raise money. Democratic strategists say Thompson's populist style and show-biz allure could prove extremely appealing in a general election at a time when voters are so down on Washington. So the party has launched a preemptive campaign against him that includes a DNC fundraising e-mail branding Thompson, "The inside-outsider." "Remember...
  • Nashville Fred [Thompson]

    06/24/2007 10:29:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 66 replies · 1,232+ views
    The Nashville City Paper ^ | June 25, 2007 | Rex Noseworthy
    Fred Thompson’s presidential rising star is about to land in Nashville in a big way, according to sources close to his campaign. It is no secret Thompson is making a Tennessee swing this week, hitting Nashville Tuesday for a high dollar fundraiser courtesy of country music mogul Mike Curb and Pilot Oil CEO Jim Haslam. But what GOP insiders in the state are buzzing about is that Thompson will set up a Nashville office for his “testing the waters” presidential campaign sometime in the next few weeks if not the next several days. The same GOP sources tell Rex uber...
  • How conservative is Fred Thompson?

    06/23/2007 7:19:15 AM PDT · by etradervic · 287 replies · 3,957+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 06/23/2007 | Editiorial
    After John East, a stalwart conservative from North Carolina, entered the U.S. Senate in 1981, wags began referring to Jesse Helms as "the liberal senator from the Tar Heel state." We are reminded of this tale as Republican activists rush to encourage, if not yet fully embrace, the presidential candidacy of Fred Thompson, the former senator from Tennessee. The Republican base is evidently unimpressed or uninspired (or both) by the conservative credentials of the top three Republicans (John McCain, Mitt Romney and Rudy Giuliani) seeking the 2008 presidential nomination. Mr. Thompson's most-oft-cited conservative credential is his 86.1 percent lifetime (1995-2002)...
  • [Illinois] Group wants actor, ex-Sen. Thompson to run for president

    06/23/2007 5:07:58 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies · 989+ views
    The Bloomington Pantagraph ^ | June 22, 2007 | Blackwell Thomas
    SPRINGFIELD — He hasn’t announced if he’s running for the presidency yet but that isn’t stopping a group of Illinois Republicans from backing former U.S. Sen. Fred Thompson for the job. Members of Illinois Citizens to Draft Fred Thompson gathered in the Capitol on Friday said they expect the deep-voiced Tennessean to announce for the presidency soon and when he does they want the campaign off to a quick start. To help their cause they have begun urging Illinoisans to go online and register as a Thompson supporter at the group’s website. Former head of the Illinois Republican Party, Donald...
  • Why Pro-Choice Is a Bad Choice for Democrats

    06/22/2007 12:50:09 AM PDT · by neverdem · 49 replies · 1,495+ views
    NY Times ^ | June 22, 2007 | MELINDA HENNEBERGER
    I KEEP reading about a universe in which social conservatives are warming to Rudy Giuliani. But this would have to be a place where his estranged children and three wives and multiple appearances in fishnets were irrelevant to the Republican base. Where the nice gay couple he moved in with between marriages would be asked to appear in the film montage at the nominating convention in St. Paul. Even in the real world, a pro-choice Republican nominee would be a gift to the Democrats, because the Republican Party wins over so many swing voters on abortion alone. Which is why...
  • What Fred Thompson knows about Hillary

    06/20/2007 11:12:04 PM PDT · by Politicalmom · 184 replies · 5,772+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | June 21, 2007 | Jack Cashill
    Barring the calamitous, former United States senator from Tennessee Fred Thompson will be the next president of the United States. Thompson's masterful use of the online interview – a vastly smarter and cheaper way of campaigning for those with something to say – has all but secured him the Republican nomination. In the general election, in a fair fight, either Obama or Hillary – or Gore for that matter–will have a hard time winning any five states against Thompson. But for Hillary at least, it is too late in the game to fight fair. Desperation will push her and her...
  • Surprise Republican front-runner is finally ready to show his hand [Fred Thompson]

    06/20/2007 5:19:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies · 963+ views
    The Times of London ^ | June 21, 2007 | Gerard Baker and Robert Thomson
    Fred Thompson has played many roles in a long and successful Hollywood career. He was a White House chief of staff alongside Clint Eastwood in In the Line of Fire, director of the Central Intelligence Agency in the Kevin Costner hit No Way Out and, for the past five years, has been the gruff New York district attorney in Law & Order, the long-running tele-vision crime drama. Now he has confirmed that he is ready to play the biggest role of his career – this time not in the shiny, fictional world of Hollywood but in the gritty reality of...
  • [Bob]Woodward v. [Fred]Thompson (More Gnats after Fred)

    06/19/2007 4:00:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies · 458+ views
    NY Sun Politics Blog ^ | June 19, 2007 | Ryan Sager
    With how well Fred Thompson is doing in the polls these days, you can expect lots of people to come out of the woodwork to weigh in with their attacks or accolades. Yesterday, Bob Woodward took a shot in a Washington Post online chat at Mr. Thompson's role in the Watergate hearings. Mr. Thompson is often credited with asking a question that led to the disclosure of the fact that President Nixon had installed recording devices in the Oval Office. Mr. Woodward said Mr. Thompson's role has been exaggerated... According to Raw Story: A questioner from Fairfax, Va., asked Woodward's...