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  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Thompson knows how to get there

    07/28/2007 10:16:08 PM PDT · by SmithL · 90 replies · 1,442+ views
    Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | 7/29/7 | William B. Lacy
    The worst advice I gave during 20 years advising Republican presidential and congressional campaigns was telling Fred Thompson not to do the pick-up truck. Fred had the good sense to ignore my advice — I’d like to think the only bad advice I gave him in two campaigns. In spring of 1994, Fred badly trailed a popular Democratic congressman in the open Tennessee Senate seat vacated by Vice President Gore. Our fundraising lagged behind, and I had just fired our second campaign manager. We beefed up our communications effort and got to the key task of reassuring major donors and...
  • 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 ^ | 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...
  • Presidential hopeful Fred Thompson gets Texas-sized welcome at Hobby Airport (Plus Video)

    07/25/2007 3:12:58 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies · 532+ views
    KHOU TV ^ | July 25, 2007 | staff
    Presidential hopeful Fred Thompson arrived in Houston Wednesday to a Texas-sized welcome at Hobby Airport. Hundreds of people came out to support the former Tennessee senator. It was his first campaign-related trip to Texas. Thompson is hoping to rally volunteers and raise funds during his day in the Lone Star State. He has yet to announce his official candidacy. He’ll be at Love Field in Dallas Wednesday evening.
  • 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,...
  • National Poll: [Fred]Thompson 25% Giuliani 24%

    07/13/2007 8:02:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies · 1,116+ views
    The race for of the Republican Presidential nomination following the July 4th holiday looks a lot like it did before the nation's birthday party. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds former Tennessee Senator Fred Thompson and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani essentially tied for the lead. It's Thompson at 25% and Giuliani at 24%. Trailing the frontrunners at a distance are former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and Arizona Senator John McCain. They're tied at 12%. Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee and Kansas Senator Sam Brownback each attract support from 2% of voters nationally. Five other candidates...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • GOP state chair leaving to work for Thompson

    07/03/2007 7:50:44 AM PDT · by SmithL · 19 replies · 967+ views
    Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | 7/3/7 | Tom Humphrey
    NASHVILLE — Bob Davis is preparing to resign as chairman of the Tennessee Republican Party, apparently to take a position with Fred Thompson’s pending presidential campaign, and a state senator hopes to succeed him. Members of the Republican State Executive Committee were to meet via telephone conference call with Davis today to hear his announcement, according to a party official. The committee is tentatively scheduled to meet Aug. 4 to choose a successor, a member of the committee said. Davis, who managed Thompson’s 1996 U.S. Senate campaign and served as the senator’s chief of staff, has been party chairman since...
  • 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...
  • Sen. Tom Coburn, leader against amnesty: "McCain's Courage"

    07/02/2007 9:37:30 AM PDT · by dangus · 23 replies · 1,192+ views
    The National Review ^ | 6/29/07 | Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma
    As the American people, elected officials, and commentators reflect on the heated immigration debate that came to a temporary close in the Senate this week many will ask, and have asked, why U.S. Senator John McCain (R., Ariz.) staked out a position that may, in retrospect, be seen as devastating to his presidential ambitions. I hope the American people, at least, step back from the obsessive play-by-play pre-season election analysis and reflect on Senator McCain’s actions for what I believe they were: One of the purest examples of political courage seen in Washington in a very, very long time. Before...
  • 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...