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  • Conservative site [Free Republic] on Romney: 'Enemies of the constitution ... are not welcome here'

    10/31/2011 8:11:08 PM PDT · by Fred · 303 replies · 1+ views
    politico ^ | 103111 | Ben Smith
    In an email to POLITICO this afternoon, Robinson admitted that the site routinely blocks Romney supporters from posting -- and offered no apologies for the practice: Free Republic is a pro-life, pro-family, pro-gun, pro-small government, pro-constitution, pro-liberty site. Governor Romney is none of the above. His record is that of an abortionist, gay rights pushing, gun grabbing, global warming advocating, big government, mandate loving, constitution trampling, flip-flopping liberal progressive with no core values. That and the fact that he is the chief architect and advocate for ObamaCare disqualifies him for any consideration whatsoever on Free Republic as a potential nominee...
  • Senator: 'Obamacare' will hurt rural hospitals (Graham praises Obama, Romney)

    10/30/2011 9:32:37 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 5 replies
    The Times & Democrat, Orangeburg, SC ^ | 2011-10-31 | Gene Zaleski
    (snip) Graham said it is crucial for the U.S. to continue to support Israel, and said the president has "thrown Israel under the bus" by talking about settlements and pre-1967 borders. "It is our best friend in the Middle East," Graham said. He did praise the president for sending military advisers into Uganda.Graham said he is hoping to hear more on foreign policy from the Republican presidential candidates. "Rick Santorum is speaking like Ronald Reagan better than anybody else on peace and strength," Graham said. "Ronald Reagan confronted the challenges of his time. He did not isolate America." Graham declined...
  • Lindsey Graham on 2012 (McLame's lap dog pushes Rudy for VP) (Barf Alert!)

    09/17/2011 3:04:01 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 31 replies
    National Review ^ | 2011-09-16 | Robert Costa
    (snip) Beyond South Carolina, Graham thinks the GOP should look to all corners of the country, “our pretty deep pool,” for its vice-presidential nominee. The Northeast, he predicts, could be the place to find a leader who balances the ticket. Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey, he says, would be excellent. Or, if Republicans were looking to Florida, freshman Sen. Marco Rubio, “a good guy, would obviously be very helpful.” Those two names, I say, are obvious. Graham smiles and floats another: Rudy Giuliani, the former New York mayor. “I know it would create problems on the social side,” he...
  • GOP big pushes Giuliani for vice prez (MEGA BARF ALERT)

    08/28/2011 8:35:50 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 26 replies
    The New York Post ^ | 2011-08-22 | Fredric U. Dicker
    One of New York's best-known Republicans is calling on pres idential hopeful Rick Perry to choose Rudy Giuliani as his running mate for next year's election. Former state GOP Chairman William Powers, a longtime Giuliani friend and a key player in his first mayoral election in 1993, told The Post that such a move by Perry could deliver key swing states like New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Ohio to the Republicans. "He'd be the best No. 2 anybody in the world could pick," said Powers, who has a longstanding relationship with leading Texas Republicans like Karl Rove, former President George W....
  • Giuliani met with McCain as former mayor mulls 2012 bid (Rudy praises McCain for respecting Obama)

    06/02/2011 5:01:53 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 21 replies
    The Hill, Washington DC ^ | 2011-06-02 | Michael O'Brien
    Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani (R) said he met in recent weeks with Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) as Giuliani mulls a second run for president. Giuliani said on conservative talker Sean Hannity's radio show that he'd met recently with McCain, the 2008 GOP nominee, and come away with the conclusion that it'd be better to focus on primary states if he were to run again.Giuliani's campaign is widely seen to have stumbled because of his focus on the Republican primary in Florida, at the expense of earlier, traditional contests in Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina. By the...
  • Is Rudy Giuliani a 2012 dark horse?

    12/22/2010 7:09:21 AM PST · by StatenIsland · 124 replies · 1+ views ^ | 12/22/10 | Christian Heinze
    As a 2008 primary front-runner, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani tanked. But as a 2012 dark horse, he could do surprisingly well. It’s not because Giuliani has shifted; it’s because the Republican Party has. The 2010 election was less about social conservatism than it was fiscal conservatism, and that aligns with Giuliani’s socially moderate and fiscally conservative ideology. There is another promising wind of change blowing Giuliani’s way, one that’s less ideological. This isn’t the era of kinder, gentler politicians. This is the age of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and...
  • Not Huckabee, Not Romney, Giuliani, or McCain

    07/14/2010 8:12:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 68 replies
    SODERSTROME.COM ^ | July 8, 2010 | Erik Soderstrom
    With two years until the next presidential election, several of the Republican candidates from the 2008 election cycle are trying to posture themselves for another run at the GOP nomination. To be blunt, none of the major players from the last election should be anywhere near the 2012 nomination. They have too many skeletons and too little backbone. Huckabee is a committed social conservative. From what I have seen, he is devoutly religious, and often shares his views about faith. Huckabee seems like a nice guy, a good neighbor. But America is not craving a social conservative. We don’t need...
  • CA 2010: Giuliani endorses Whitman in Calif governor's race [ewwww]

    10/07/2009 11:07:00 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 37 replies · 942+ views
    AP ^ | 2009-10-07
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Former New York City mayor and one-time GOP presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani is endorsing Meg Whitman's bid for the gubernatorial nomination in California. In a statement released Wednesday by Whitman's campaign, Giuliani says he believes the former eBay chief executive could help re-energize the Republican party's grassroots.
  • Romney Urges Republicans to 'Stand Up' to Obama's Policies [as he extols the virtues of Romney Care]

    07/01/2009 8:31:12 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 150 replies · 3,217+ views
    Fox News ^ | 2009-07-01
    (snip) On health care, Romney pointed to the successes of his own plan but criticized Obama's for its emphasis on a public option. "The president's plan makes an enormous error by saying we're going to put government into the insurance business. We got everyone in Massachusetts insured and we did it without putting government into the insurance business," he said. "We said instead we're going to help people get private free enterprise kind of insurance they can buy from a number of different companies." He said the system led to plunging premiums while offering a healthy choice of options for...
  • Ex-Mitt Romney czar admits tryst with reporter

    06/24/2009 8:31:09 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 30 replies · 1,429+ views
    The Boston Herald ^ | 2009-06-23 | Jessica Fargen
    A former Romney administration public safety czar and Bay State police chief is scrambling to save his reputation after he was caught in an embarrassing scandal over an affair with a reporter covering him in his new post as Milwaukee’s top cop. Edward A. Flynn, who was Springfield police commissioner before becoming Milwaukee’s police chief in January 2008, was forced to publicly acknowledge the “painful truth” of the illicit tryst after intimate e-mail exchanges with the journalist surfaced and were published in a Brew City newspaper. The married reporter, Jessica McBride, 39, a college journalism lecturer and freelancer, and Flynn,...
  • Gingrich signs on to GOP re-branding effort [McCain-Romney NC4NA] [RINO Party]

    05/19/2009 2:40:28 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 31 replies · 1,092+ views
    WASHINGTON (CNN) – Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has signed on to the latest high-profile effort to re-brand the Republican Party — but don't expect to see him take a major leadership role for the National Council for a New America, or make a starring appearance at any of the events on the group's national tour. Organizers of the effort, spearheaded by House Minority Whip Eric Cantor, originally told reporters that Gingrich had not been included in the newly-launched group because his 527, American Solutions, was a partisan entity. (The organization describes itself as a "tri-partisan" network.) Gingrich supporters dismissed...
  • RNC fills two key posts [with McCainiac/Romneybot, Ghouliani RINOs]

    05/08/2009 3:25:04 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 28 replies · 1,108+ views
    (CNN) — The Republican National Committee Thursday named two veterans of the 2008 presidential campaign to serve in the key posts of press secretary and research director.
  • If Mitt Romney is in, I'm out!

    04/30/2009 11:50:51 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 1,277 replies · 21,146+ views
    Declaration of Independence | April 30, 2009 | Jim Robinson
    Yeah, I know. Said some similar things about Bush in 2000. But at least he was pro-life, pro-family, etc, and thank God we supported him over the idiot All Green Gore. Said similar things about McCain in 2008. But when asked the question "when does human life begin?," and he unabashedly stated, "At conception, of course," I had to take notice. Then when he announced Sarah Palin as his running mate, I decided to support her. I voted for Sarah (and the white haired old geezer that came along with the package). But Romney is a NO go. And I...
  • Thompson stirs rivals with immigration plan

    10/24/2007 10:07:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 121 replies · 77+ views
    The Boston Globe ^ | October 24, 2007 | Michael Levenson
    Republican presidential candidate Fred Thompson yesterday staked out one of the toughest plans on the campaign trail to curb illegal immigration, trying to reignite the issue among the GOP faithful who rose up in revolt against a more moderate approach in Congress earlier this year. Highlighting what he believes are key vulnerabilities for his main rivals, Thompson called for stripping federal funds from cities and states that do not report illegal immigrants and criticized Rudy Giuliani and Mitt Romney for allowing so-called sanctuary cities in New York and Massachusetts. The first principle of Thompson's plan is "No Amnesty," a clear...

    10/22/2007 11:07:36 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 75 replies · 129+ views
    MSNBC ^ | October 22, 2007 | Mark Murray
    The Boston Globe’s lead: "The eight Republican candidates for president held a fiery debate last night filled with charges and confrontations about who is a true conservative and "real Republican" as they defended their stands on issues such as abortion, gay marriage, and taxes." The Los Angeles Times headlines the Thompson-Giuliani skirmishes. And it adds, "With groans and cheers, more than 3,000 spectators in the convention hall punctuated the scrappy back-and-forth among the candidates." The New York Times: “The debate stood out for the intensity and personal nature of the exchanges, as Republicans tried to distinguish themselves — a tactic...
  • Lessons learned, and relearned, and relearned...

    10/15/2007 10:56:36 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 218 replies · 285+ views
    10/16/2007 | Jim Robinson
    I'm sure we've all learned many lessons recently on who to elect or not elect. I'm going to start with a few and hope other FReepers add to and expand on the list (don't ask me how I know about these): Never ever compromise with the liberals. Compromise with liberals is a one way street. They win, we lose. I've never seen the liberals compromise with us for less socialism and more freedom. Never ever negotiate for your rights. You already own them. They can't give you any additional rights and any you give up are gone for good. Hold...
  • Why The Media Is So Afraid of Fred Thompson

    10/15/2007 11:20:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies · 128+ views
    Web Commentary ^ | October 15, 2007 | Andrew T. Durham
    Not being in the middle of it all gives me a rather unique advantage. That means I have no one to answer to for my views. I just watch things, and then I talk about them. In other words, this means I don’t have to lie about my biases in order to keep some false sense of objectivity alive for the gullible. In other words, I’m no Chris Matthews. Let me start then with the current batch of presidential hopefuls: Folks - meaning the current Republican candidates - you really need to watch out for Fred Thompson. None of you...
  • The Dean Wing of the Republican Party (Mitt Romney)

    10/15/2007 10:19:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies · 108+ views
    RealClearPolitics ^ | October 16, 2007 | Debra Saunders
    It's pretty clear that Mitt Romney made a big mistake over the weekend when he told voters that he speaks for "the Republican wing of the Republican Party." Romney handed rivals Rudy Giuliani and John McCain the opportunity to remind GOP primary voters about the Old Romney, who was pro-abortion rights and courted gay voters when he ran unsuccessfully for the U.S. Senate, then successfully for governor of Massachusetts. That's the Romney, who while debating Sen. Ted Kennedy in 1994, proclaimed: "I was an independent during the time of Reagan-Bush. I'm not trying to return to Reagan-Bush." Of course the...
  • Why 'lazy' Fred Thompson may have a shot (A "positive" hit piece)

    10/11/2007 2:52:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 69 replies · 1,505+ views
    Fortune ^ | October 11 2007 | David Whitford
    Here's my anonymously sourced, second-hand Fred Thompson story that confirms the conventional wisdom. Takes place at a dinner in Washington last winter. Thompson is sitting next to a Hollywood insider who asks him, Why weren't you interested in being president of the MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America)? Look, Thompson says. Dick Wolf (creator of "Law and Order") pays me a lot of money to work two days a week. Why would I work for less money and work six days a week? Okay, says the insider, I get that. Then a few weeks later comes the news that Thompson...
  • Mitt Romney: A Changed Man--Ideological Turnabout Has Critics Wondering: Who Is This Guy?

    10/10/2007 10:27:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies · 719+ views
    CBS News ^ | October 10, 2007 | David Segal
    Like every great sales pitch, Mitt Romney's case for Mitt Romney is low on the hard sell. At the Sheraton Hotel here one recent morning, the boasting is handled by a former governor of South Carolina, who opens this "Ask Mitt Anything" session with a precis of the candidate's career. This includes academic achievements (Harvard Law School and Harvard Business School "in four years!") and election as governor of Massachusetts in 2002, which is described in a tone befitting a miracle. "He ran for governor in the bluest state of all blue states," says James Edwards, "the bluest state you...
  • Fred Doesn't Fall: Thompson makes it through his first debate

    10/10/2007 8:54:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 66 replies · 1,164+ views
    Slate ^ | October 10, 2007 | John Dickerson
    If Fred Thompson is lazy, he sure didn't act it preparing for his first debate. Over two weeks, the former Tennessee senator and his aides held more than half a dozen question-and-answer sessions. Bush's first economic adviser, Larry Lindsey, was involved, as were Vice President Cheney's daughter Liz Cheney and GOP veteran Mary Matalin. There were also two full-blown rehearsals in which Liz Cheney's husband played John McCain, Rep. Adam Putnam stood in for Mitt Romney, and former New York Sen. Al D'Amato played Rudy Giuliani. To add verisimilitude to his character, D'Amato pretended to take a phone call in...
  • Video: Fred clashes with Matthews, one-liners fly

    10/10/2007 2:55:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies · 1,493+ views
    Hot Air ^ | October 10, 2007 | Allahpundit
    All right, a little grab bag for you here to polish off the highlights. It starts with what J-Pod calls the most “blatant act of obnoxious misbehavior during a debate” he’s ever seen and the long, awkward silence that ensues, then segues into the candidates’ dusting off some prefab zingers as the clock runs out. Fred did well here, especially in parrying Mitt’s “Law & Order” thrust. Like MK says, not a great performance but good enough overall. (VIDEO)
  • Thompson shows he's ready in first test

    10/10/2007 1:11:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies · 485+ views
    The Detroit News | October 10, 2007 | Gordon Trowbridge Cannot be posted due to copyright issues....
  • [Fred] Barnes:Thompson Passed the Test

    10/09/2007 11:15:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies · 1,500+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | October 9, 2007 | Fred Barnes
    First impressions are supposed to be 90 percent of politics. If that's the case, Fred Thompson should have a decent shot at the Republican presidential nomination. The impression he created in Tuesday's Republican debate in Detroit wasn't that of a dominant figure or a replica of Ronald Reagan. But he came across as likable, knowledgeable on issues but not wonky, and unexcitable. So Thompson passed the test of whether he could run with the big boys - Mitt Romney, Rudy Giuliani, and John McCain - in the Republican race. That was the only big thing that happened in the debate....
  • Poll: Thompson, Clinton have slight leads in Colorado

    10/08/2007 12:07:06 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies · 431+ views
    Summit Daily News ^ | October 5, 2007
    Fred Thompson has a slight lead over Republican rival Rudy Giuliani, and Hillary Clinton has an apparent edge over fellow Democrats John Edwards and Barack Obama in the race in Colorado for the White House, according to a poll released Friday. The Ciruli Associates Poll suggested Thompson had 27 percent support among Republicans to 19 percent for Giuliani and 11 percent for John McCain. Some 29 percent of Democrats said they supported Clinton, compared to 23 percent each for Edwards and Obama, the poll said. Remaining candidates, including Republican Colorado Rep. Tom Tancredo, were in the single digits. The telephone...
  • Thompson Surging In Iowa

    10/07/2007 1:04:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies · 1,429+ views
    American thinker ^ | October 7, 2007 | Rick Moran
    Fred Thompson may be a late comer to the presidential race but he is apparently making up for lost time in Iowa. The latest Des Moines Register poll shows the former Tennessee Senator surging past Rudy Giuliani into second place: Romney, who has campaigned more often in Iowa than his Republican rivals, is the presidential choice of 29 percent of those who say they definitely or probably will attend the leadoff caucuses. Support for the former Massachusetts governor is essentially unchanged from an Iowa Poll taken in May, when he was the top choice of 30 percent. There’s been a...
  • Romney, Hillary Surge in South Carolina (Romney 1st in SC Poll)

    10/07/2007 1:40:47 AM PDT · by AKSurprise · 31 replies · 875+ views
    Angus Reid Global Monitor ^ | 10/07/07 | Angus Reid Global Monitor
    Public support for Mitt Romney increased dramatically in the Palmetto State, according to a poll by American Research Group. 26 per cent of Republican Party supporters in the South Carolina would vote for the former Massachusetts governor in the 2008 United States presidential primary, up 17 points since August. Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani is second with 23 per cent, followed by Arizona senator John McCain with 15 per cent, and actor and former Tennessee senator Fred Thompson with 10 per cent.
  • Fred Thompson Ahead of the Pack on Limbaugh "Phoney Soldier" Row

    10/07/2007 1:57:23 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies · 728+ views
    Blogger News Network ^ | October 5, 2007 | Warner Todd Huston
    Article at link...
  • Giuliani, Evangelical Rift Grows Over Abortion

    10/05/2007 4:24:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 217 replies · 2,591+ views
    The Christian Post ^ | October 5, 2007 | Michelle Vu
    Conservative evangelical leaders have long openly expressed dismay over the prospect of being forced to choose between two pro-choice presidential candidates. But now, a coalition of evangelicals has gone as far as to threaten to pull their support for the Republican Party if such a candidate is selected for the last stretch of the White House race. Dr. James C. Dobson of Focus on the Family – who recently emerged from a controversy over a private email he sent criticizing Republican presidential hopeful Fred Thompson – says he and others in the social conservative coalition will not support Rudy Giuliani...
  • The New News Cycle: Romney and Thompson Defend Rush

    10/04/2007 1:24:02 AM PDT · by Canticle_of_Deborah · 158 replies · 2,236+ views ^ | October 3, 2007 | Hugh Hewitt
    As the phoney "phoney soldier" controversy swirled today --and Rush is in no hurry to end it as it reflects well on him and poorly on Senate Democrats-- Fred Thompson released a statemnt blasting the attack on Rush. Rush was discussing it today, and e-in-box began to fill up with complaints that Mitt Romney had abandoned Rush. I shot off a query to the Romney campaign: What is this all about? Not only did the campaign respond immediately, Governor Romney called the show to discuss the controversy and state that Rush has "got a long record of supporting our soldiers....
  • Romney's September Slide

    10/04/2007 12:22:54 AM PDT · by Doofer · 24 replies · 568+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 3 October 2007 | Dan Balz
    For the past nine months, Mitt Romney has had a clear and explicit strategy: win Iowa, win New Hampshire and hope the momentum from those victories would carry him to the Republican nomination. For eight months, that strategy appeared to be working. But there are now signs of trouble in New Hampshire. Romney has experienced a September slide in the Granite State. At the beginning of last month, his standing in New Hampshire hovered around 30 percent. Today, it's closer to 25 percent. Three polls in the past week have recorded a decline in his support, with Rudy Giuliani and...
  • Newsweek Poll Shows Thompson Closing on Romney in Iowa

    10/01/2007 1:27:02 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies · 70+ views
    News at MySpace Blog ^ | September 30, 2007
    Now this is an amazing thing if it pans out to be true! Romney has been flooding Iowa with cash, ads, and a large organization. He has expected to come away as a clear cut winner in Iowa by all his expenditures. Yet, with all the money spent by Romney, Thompson — who hasn’t spent a penny in Iowa — is hot on Romney’s tail. This shows several things. 1) Romney’s utter weakness, and 2) Thompson’s obvious strengths. It also shows one more thing: The people of Iowa won’t be bought by a Daddy Warbucks that wants to buy the...
  • Election 2008: South Carolina Republican Primary Thompson 24% Giuliani 20% Mitt 15% McCain 11%

    10/01/2007 12:30:15 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies · 327+ views
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | September 30, 2007 | Scott Rasmussen
    In South Carolina’s Republican Presidential Primary, the latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey finds Fred Thompson leading Rudy Giuliani 24% to 20%. That’s little changed from a month ago when Thompson held a 23% to 21% advantage. Mitt Romney has moved into third place and is now supported by 15% of South Carolina’s Likely Primary Voters while John McCain is barely in double digits at 11% support. Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee earns 3% of the South Carolina vote while four other candidates split 5% and 22% are undecided. Sixty-three percent (63%) of the state’s Republican Primary voters say that Giuliani...
  • Giuliani: I Pray to Jesus for Guidance

    09/30/2007 9:01:42 PM PDT · by monomaniac · 15 replies · 156+ views
    Christian Post ^ | Sep. 29 2007 | Lawrence Jones
    NEW YORK – Republican presidential hopeful Rudy Giuliani says God is a very important part of his life. "I believe in God. I pray to God, and I pray to Jesus for guidance, help,” Giuliani said in an interview with Christian Broadcasting Network. “I have very, very strong views on religion that come about from having wanted to be a priest when I was younger, having studied theology for four years in college.” The former New York mayor said he feels God’s help when “in crisis and under pressure like Sept. 11, when I was dealing with prostate cancer, or...
  • President Thompson

    09/29/2007 11:06:18 PM PDT · by Doofer · 103 replies · 866+ views
    American Thinker ^ | September 30, 2007 | J. Peter Mulhern
    Conventional wisdom is hardening around the proposition that Fred Dalton Thompson is too lazy, ill-prepared, tired, old, lackluster, inexperienced, inconsistent and bald to make a successful run for President. Of course, conventional wisdom rarely gets anything right. When it does, it's only by accident. In this case conventional wisdom is not just wrong but comically so. Thompson will win the Republican nomination for two reasons. First, he's a very impressive candidate. Second, there's no realistic alternative. He will win the general election for the same two reasons. Let's start by considering the Thompson's Republican competition. John McCain's candidacy may not...
  • GROUP HUG (Fred Thompson meets with the Arlington Group)

    09/29/2007 5:32:04 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies · 305+ views
    The American Spectator ^ | September 28, 2007 | The Prowler
    Earlier this week, former Sen. Fred Thompson met privately in Washington, D.C. with senior members of the Arlington Group, a coalition of social and religious conservatives. The meeting, according to Arlington Group members present, included members who had previously met with Thompson at a private meeting in the spring, prior to Thompson's speech before the Council on National Policy. At the meeting this week Thompson answered questions and discussed his views on social issues, as well as his own faith, for more than an hour. "He's impressive, and a number of us want to help him," says a member of...
  • In switch, NRA eyeing role in GOP primaries (Might endorse Fred!)

    09/25/2007 2:13:46 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 100 replies · 236+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | September 25, 2007 | Joseph Curl
    The National Rifle Association, which did not endorse President Bush in 2000 and 2004 until just a month before the general election, is considering stepping into the presidential campaign fray early next year during the primary season, the group's chief lobbyist says. While the NRA waited until October in each of the past two presidential election years before endorsing a candidate, the group plans to take a more high-profile role early in the 2008 Republican nomination process. "Historically, we have not gotten involved in primaries. We traditionally wait until after the conventions," said Chris Cox, head lobbyist for the NRA....
  • 2008 Republican Presidential Primary [Rasmussen Poll: Fred leads Rudy]

    09/24/2007 4:39:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies · 494+ views
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | Monday, September 24, 2007 | Scott Rasmussen
    Over the past four months, Rasmussen Reports polling has consistently shown Fred Thompson and Rudy Giuliani holding the top two slots in the race for the Republican Presidential Nomination. During that time, the weekly poll results have shown Thompson’s support ranging from a low of 20% to a high of 28%. Giuliani’s range has been similar, from 19% to 27%. Although Thompson and Giuliani are the frontrunners, both men still have plenty of detractors who say they can’t possibly win the nomination. For the week ending September 23, it’s Thompson 26% and Giuliani 22%. Occupying a precarious niche somewhere between...
  • Where voters live, Thompson matters

    09/24/2007 3:39:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies · 153+ views
    The St. Petersburg Times ^ | September 23, 2007 | Adam C. Smith
    There have been so many dismissive or blistering articles about Fred Thompson in recent months, I half expected last weekend to see Larry, Curly or Moe lead a bumbling three-day bus tour through Florida. George Will likens the former Tennessee senator to overhyped New Coke; Robert Novak suggests the late-announcing candidate may have crashed and burned before takeoff; Dick Morris declares him clearly over his head on the campaign trail. These guys need get out of the Beltway for a few days and see what's happening on the ground in places like Florida. They're underestimating hunger among Republicans for an...
  • Thompson Leads Giuliani While Clinton’s Lead over Obama Grows (Harris Poll)

    09/20/2007 2:41:32 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 115 replies · 1,072+ views
    Harris Interactive ^ | September 20, 2007
    After officially declaring his candidacy, U.S. Senator Fred Thompson moves ahead of former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani in the race for the 2008 Republican presidential nomination. One-third (32%) of those who say they will vote in a Republican primary or caucus will vote for Thompson while 28 percent will vote for Giuliani. Much further back is John McCain, who continues his downward slide with 11 percent saying they would vote for the Arizona Senator, and 9 percent who say they would vote for former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney. On the Democratic side, Senator Hillary Clinton continues to build...
  • South Carolinians seem to favor a Southern son [Fred Thompson]

    09/16/2007 11:06:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies · 240+ views
    The International Herald Tribune ^ | September 16, 2007 | Albert R. Hunt
    The waiting for Fred is over; Harry Cato is on board. Fred Thompson entered the Republican presidential race early this month and was immediately endorsed by Cato, an influential South Carolina state legislator who had been courted by the other candidates. He was taken by Thompson's Tennessee roots and down-home charm. "He reminds me of my granddaddy," Cato said. Cato, a middle-of-the-roader by South Carolina Republican standards, likes Thompson's ideological profile. "He's a conservative," Cato, 49, said while sitting in the office of the trucking-supply company he runs in Travelers Rest, South Carolina. "But I'm not looking for a zealot."...
  • Thompson Brings Reagan's Style To GOP Race

    09/15/2007 10:39:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies · 651+ views
    The Tampa Tribune ^ | September 16, 2007 | William March
    LAKELAND - Fred Thompson is aiming his campaign at the conservative end of the Republican Party and he's shaking up the Florida presidential primary. Drawing large, excited crowds during his first tour of Florida as a declared candidate last week, Thompson sought to offer Republicans something many feel has been missing in the GOP field - a Reaganesque communicator with the charisma to lift the party out of its deep political hole. But his initial effort also showed rough edges: a reluctance to get specific on issues and an occasionally lackadaisical campaign style that left some wondering whether he can...
  • Thompson likely to get Republican nod

    09/14/2007 4:58:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 201 replies · 2,944+ views
    The Atmore Advance ^ | September 12, 2007 | Rep. Steve Flowers
    Very seldom will I venture a prediction on a major race like president, especially over a year out and with each party having 10 candidates openly vying for their nomination. In addition, it is the most open presidential race in my lifetime. It has been 80 years since a president was not seeking reelection and a sitting vice-president was not seeking to move up. The race is truly wide open. I am going out on a limb and predicting that Fred Thompson will be chosen as the republican nominee for president at their convention this time next year and that...
  • Governor Romney on the Need for a Federal Marriage Amendment

    09/14/2007 4:02:33 PM PDT · by Spiff · 20 replies · 746+ views
    Mitt Romney for President Campaign Press Release ^ | 14 September 2007 | Mitt Romney for President Campaign
    Governor Romney on the Need for a Federal Marriage Amendment Friday, Sep 14, 2007 Governor Mitt Romney MSNBC's "Morning Joe" September 14, 2007 MSNBC's Joe Scarborough: "Do you support a national constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage?" Governor Romney: "Boy, I sure do. You know, that's a topic that's really, I think, very important to the country because marriage is not just about adults. Marriage is about the development and nurturing of kids, and in my view, the development of a child is enhanced by having a mom and dad. And so, I think it's very important that we have...

    09/14/2007 9:49:07 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies · 1,016+ views
    No More Mister Nice Blog ^ | September 14, 2007 | Steve M.
    You remember Mitt Romney's forceful condemnation of the MoveOn ad, don't you? And Fred Thompson's? And John McCain's? No? Well, they're all here. But you don't remember them, do you? You've probably noticed only one GOP candidate's foot-stamping phony outrage at the ad, because, among the Republican candidates, Rudolph Giuliani owns this issue. He's obsessed with it. Here's the latest: Mr. Giuliani, a Republican presidential candidate, sought -- and received -- space in Friday editions of [The New York Times] for an advertisement in which he praises General Petraeus. Neither the Giuliani campaign nor The Times's advertising department would disclose...
  • The GOP's Political Nightmare: Delegate Responsibility (Brokered Convention?)

    09/14/2007 1:47:30 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies · 832+ views
    The New Republic ^ | September 12, 2007 | John B. Judis
    With former Senator Fred Thompson's entry into the presidential race, the Republicans now have at least three candidates who could have the money and votes to compete, if necessary, all the way to June 2008. And they might have to do so. Indeed, when the Republicans meet in Minneapolis-St. Paul in September 2008 to choose their nominee, they might be looking at a brokered convention. Of course, the party has had multiple strong candidates before--in 1980, for instance, and 1988 and even in 2000. But the old schedule of primaries and caucuses was designed to winnow down the field. By...
  • Why America's Mayor will not be the GOP's candidate

    09/13/2007 8:42:06 AM PDT · by Liz · 53 replies · 1,307+ views
    NY DAILY NEWS ^ | Thursday, September 13th 2007 | DOUGLAS SCHOEN
    <p>Yes, Giuliani - the national front-runner for months now - holds close to a five-point lead over former Sen. Fred Thompson in the latest Real Clear Politics averages.</p> <p>But there are big warning signs that make a Giuliani nomination a dubious proposition at best. Look - I'm no disinterested observer. I am an active Democrat and was a polling strategist for President Bill Clinton. But a big part of me would like to see the former mayor win the nomination; I'm a New Yorker, and of all the Republicans, he is most to my liking philosophically.</p>
  • Thompson Tops Conservatives' Poll (By more than 2-to-1)

    09/12/2007 12:45:57 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 118 replies · 1,256+ views
    Crosswalk News ^ | September 12, 2007 | Monisha Bansal
    Former Sen. Fred Thompson (R-Tenn.) overwhelmingly leads the race of Republican presidential candidates, according to a new nationwide poll of conservatives. But Democrats are calling Thompson's presidential bid "less than stellar." A poll conducted last week of 39,000 conservatives by the grassroots organization found that conservatives favor Thompson by a greater than 2-to-1 margin over his nearest competitor, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. When asked whom they would vote for if the Republican primary were held today, 28 percent of respondents preferred Thompson. Romney gained 14 percent of the vote -down two percent from May. "It seems conservatives want...
  • Republican Thompson rises in 2008 polls (CNN and CBS/New York Times)

    09/11/2007 10:19:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies · 467+ views
    Reuters ^ | September 11, 2007 | John Whitesides, Political Correspondent
    Republican Fred Thompson gained a bump in support after his long-delayed entry in the 2008 presidential race and nearly caught front-runner Rudy Giuliani in two opinion polls released on Tuesday. Thompson, a Hollywood actor and former senator from Tennessee, closed to within a statistically insignificant one percentage point of Giuliani in a new CNN poll after trailing the former New York mayor by seven points in last month's poll. A CBS/New York Times poll showed Thompson climbing to within five percentage points of Giuliani, wiping out much of his 20-point lead from a month ago. Thompson formally entered the race...
  • Thompson Campaign Unloads on Romney

    09/11/2007 4:00:15 PM PDT · by lesser_satan · 138 replies · 2,224+ views
    Real Clear Politics via Time-Blog ^ | 9-11-07 | JOHN MCINTYRE
    From Thompson for President Communications Director Todd Harris. Statement on Romney's South Carolina Cover-Up "Fred Thompson entered the race for president just days ago, talking about uniting our country around a core set of conservative beliefs. According to the Washington Post, it is now clear that while Fred Thompson is working to bring our country together, an increasingly desperate Mitt Romney and his campaign are already hard at work to divide us, practicing the lowest kind of politics. "Today's half-baked cover-up attempt by the Romney campaign does not even pass the laugh test. The Romney campaign has paid Warren Tompkins...