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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
    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...
  • 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 | KHOU.com 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...
  • {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...
  • 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...
  • Fred Thompson Goes Multimedia

    06/18/2007 6:09:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies · 948+ views
    CBS News ^ | June 18, 2007 | Nikki Schwab
    Even while former senator and Law & Order actor Fred Thompson hasn't officially started his bid for the White House, his online presence would make you think that there isn't even a question. Thompson's website ( http://www.imwithfred.com ) is multifaceted, enabling users, for example, to find their local media to contact newspapers and talk radio to show support. Thompson launched a YouTube channel on May 15 featuring not clips from his popular TV show but videos of speeches and one from an appearance with Tim Russert on Meet the Press. His social networking presence is also growing, with more and...
  • GOP's Bush Fatigue (2008 election)

    06/15/2007 8:39:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 113 replies · 1,758+ views
    CBS News ^ | June 14, 2007 | Vaughn Ververs
    When the leading Republican candidate for president bemoans the lack of strong leadership these days, it's a pretty clear sign that the party is less than excited about its political prospects. Speaking at a rally in Wilmington, Del., Rudy Giuliani said the feeling that the country is on the wrong track shows a lack of leadership, according to The Associated Press. "What we're lacking is strong, aggressive, bold leadership, like we had with Ronald Reagan," Giuliani said. In the recent AP-Ipsos poll, just 21 percent said the U.S. is heading in the right direction. When the Republican candidates gathered for...
  • What Would Reagan Do?

    06/14/2007 8:50:17 PM PDT · by TheNewPundit · 6 replies · 254+ views
    I'm a Pundit Too ^ | 6/14/07 | Troy Stouffer
    I realize that Reagan signed the immigration bill in 1986 that granted amnesty to over 3 million illegal immigrants, but I believe that the Republican party needs a Reaganesque candidate for 2008. I firmly believe that the Republicans don’t stand a chance unless someone emerges to lead the party back to conservatism. Reagan believed that all of us were created to be free, and with that freedom we have the potential to be great. Listening to the current crop of declared candidates from both parties, reminds me of a bad high school play. A group of amateurs trying to act...
  • Fred instead? Thompson surges in poll

    06/13/2007 11:45:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies · 986+ views
    The New York Daily News ^ | June 13th 2007 | MICHAEL McAULIFF
    "Law & Order" star Fred Thompson may be just testing the presidential waters, but his potential candidacy has already swamped John McCain and is threatening Rudy Giuliani, a poll says. The Los Angeles Times-Bloomberg survey found New York's ex-mayor holding on to the front-runner spot with 26% of Republicans liking him best, but Thompson grabs 21% and Arizona Sen. McCain gets 12%. "It's amazing," said Baruch College political scientist Doug Muzzio. "Here we have an undeclared candidate beating John McCain and [ex-Massachusetts Gov.] Mitt Romney, and within the margin of error of Giuliani." "It shows there's a hunger among Republicans...
  • Fred Thompson, the candidate (Clearest statements on issues, especially Roe v. Wade)

    06/13/2007 10:34:06 PM PDT · by dangus · 12 replies · 602+ views
    Hoover Institute ^ | 6.11.07 | Peter Robinson & Fred Thompson
    So far, most of the video clips being passed around about Fred Thompson are masterpieces of style (such as his slap down of Michael Moore.) This clip has by far the most substance of any I've seen, and Thompson shows brilliance as well as gravitas. http://www.hoover.org/multimedia/dfv/7959792.html Some excerpts: "The country's not going to be indifferent [about taxes] for very long, they're facing a huge tax increase come 2010. The AMT is gonna be kicking more and more people... There's a lot to do as far as reforming the entire tax structure." "My disposition is pretty much what Thomas Friedman said....
  • Rivals try to deflate F. Thompson campaign

    06/13/2007 7:37:06 AM PDT · by seanmerc · 9 replies · 622+ views
    The Politico ^ | 13 Jun 07 | Kenneth P. Vogel
    Fred Thompson has had a relatively easy ride as he has flirted with a bid for the Republican presidential nomination. His strategists have found traction promoting him as the heir to Ronald Reagan -- and a conservative alternative to the top tier of the GOP field. But the ride is starting to get a bit bumpy. Opponents and their researchers have begun working -- mostly behind the scenes -- to highlight perceived soft spots in his conservative bona fides. And Thompson will have to neutralize questions on the campaign trail and in the media about his centrist votes in the...
  • (Juan)McCain Shrugs Off Poll Numbers (Seeks San Francisco Vote)

    06/12/2007 10:29:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies · 2,641+ views
    KCBS-TV ^ | June 12, 2007 | Holly Quan
    SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) -- Arizona Senator John McCain dismissed poll numbers that put him behind Giuliani and Thompson in the bid for the Republican presidential nomination. McCain hosted a small fundraising breakfast at San Francisco Campton Place this morning. The Republican has spent the last several days shaking hands from Sonoma and Vacaville to Atherton and San Francisco. Various polls show him running second and third. He is chasing Republican former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani who was speaking to $1,000-a-head crowd in Central Valley on Sunday. Former Tennessee Senator-turned-actor Fred Thompson, who has yet to declare, spent time querying...
  • [Rudolph] Giuliani notes he can act, too (Fred envy?)

    06/12/2007 8:59:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies · 712+ views
    The Boston Globe ^ | June 12, 2007 | Ken Maguire
    Republican presidential contender Rudy Giuliani said Tuesday he can act too when asked about actor-politician Fred Thompson's expected GOP candidacy. Giuliani, a former New York City mayor, has appeared in films such as "Anger Management" and "The Out-of-Towners." He also appeared in an episode of the hit TV comedy "Seinfeld." "I go through airports and people remember the Seinfeld episode better than I do," Giuliani said before attending a fundraiser at the home of Richard Egan, co-founder of data storage giant EMC Corp. and former Bush administration ambassador to Ireland. Giuliani said the most fun was hosting "Saturday Night Live."...
  • Romney Surges In Latest Republican Poll

    06/12/2007 6:42:44 PM PDT · by DieselHoplite · 197 replies · 2,073+ views
    WMUR9 ^ | June 12, 2007 | Staff Writer
    MANCHESTER, N.H. -- A new poll shows that former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has surged ahead of the pack in New Hampshire in the Republican presidential primary race. The WMUR-CNN poll of 304 likely Republican voters shows Romney with 28 percent of the vote, an improvement from 17 percent in April. Rudy Giuliani and John McCain dropped to 20 percent each, down from 29 percent each in April. Newcomer Fred Thompson, who is not yet officially in the race, was fourth, with 11 percent. The University of New Hampshire Survey Center polled voters following last week's debate in New Hampshire....
  • My Choice For President (Joseph Farah Gives Thumbs Up To Tom Tancredo, OKs Fred Thompson Alert)

    06/12/2007 1:37:15 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 16 replies · 673+ views
    Worldnetdaily.com ^ | 06/12/2007 | Joseph Farah
    Everywhere I go and in every interview I do, people ask me who I am supporting for President in 2008. In my book "Taking America Back," I explain in great detail why I don't get consumed with who will be our next President. I explain the limitations on the powers of Presidents. I explain how unlikely and difficult it is for them to change the direction of the country in a positive way. I explain how there are so many more important issues for Americans to be concerned with in their daily lives. I explain that we make choices every...
  • Unreported from the Bloomberg poll: THOMPSON Leads among GOP; USA HATES 'Rat Congress!

    06/11/2007 9:23:15 PM PDT · by dangus · 39 replies · 1,576+ views
    LA Times ^ | Dangus, from
    The Los Angeles Times article about the Bloomberg poll it sponsored highlighted the fact that Fred Thompson is only six points behind Rudy Giuliani in the race for the Republican presidential nomination. For those watching the nomination polls, that's encouraging but hardly shocking. But many other poll results are downright surprising. For instance, the LA Times treats Republican-leaning independents as Republican primary voters, as if the rest of the nation followed California's relatively unique system of open primaries. But Giuliani leads among independents, 31-17. The category “Conservative Republicans” seems to track very closely to an estimate of the results of...
  • (Staten) Island Republican says Fred Thompson has a broader appeal within the party

    06/11/2007 4:58:46 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies · 742+ views
    Staten Island Advance ^ | June 10, 2007 | Tom Wrobleski
    Most Staten Island Republicans are four-square behind former GOP Mayor Rudy Giuliani in the 2008 race for the White House. But we did manage to ferret out one borough Republican who's a big fan of likely GOP candidate Fred Thompson, the "Law and Order" star and former U.S. senator from Tennessee. "Thompson has 'it,'" said the Republican, who couldn't speak on the record because his position in government prohibits him from talking about politics. "He offers something to everybody in the Republican Party." In addition to the aura of his tough-guy roles in movies like "The Hunt for Red October"...
  • Fred Thompson's style wins conservatives, men

    06/10/2007 6:15:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies · 1,258+ views
    Akron Beacon-Journal ^ | Jun. 10, 2007
    Fred Thompson's expected entry into the tight Republican presidential race is drawing crucial strength from conservatives and older men, vaulting him into the thick of the nomination fight, an Associated Press-Ipsos poll says. The survey shows the top Democratic contender, Hillary Rodham Clinton, has twice the support from women that her nearest rival, Barack Obama, does, but she has dwindling strength among men. Her margin over the Illinois senator has eroded slightly since an AP-Ipsos poll in March. Thompson, who has sandwiched an acting career around a largely anonymous eight years as a Tennessee senator, has not formally entered the...
  • (Fred)Thompson Vs. (Tommy)Thompson (also Juan McCain)

    06/09/2007 1:23:22 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies · 970+ views
    CBS News ^ | June 8, 2007 | Joel Roberts
    Former Sen. Fred Thompson still hasn't formally entered the presidential race, but he's already posing a serious threat to some of his potential GOP rivals. The Washington Post reports the likelihood of a Thompson candidacy is pulling major donors away from Sen. John McCain's already struggling campaign. While Thompson is trying to woo conservatives who may be unsatisfied with GOP triumvirate of Giuliani, Romney and McCain, he "appears to present the most challenges for McCain," says the Post. As Thompson "builds his team of major fundraisers … the challenge for McCain will be to collect the millions of dollars necessary...
  • McCain Without Money (also, news of Fred Thompson campaign)

    06/08/2007 12:43:14 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 60 replies · 2,092+ views
    Human Events ^ | June 8, 2007 | Robert Novak
    George W. Bush's 2004 campaign fund-raisers and contributors are being bombarded with appeals for money by Sen. John McCain's heavy-spending, money-short 2008 campaign. McCain is concentrating heavily on the rich target of lawyers and lobbyists in Washington, D.C. They have been invited to multiple McCain fund-raising events held in the nation's capital, currently a $1,000-a-ticket reception June 26 at the Capitol Hill Club with a potential "event co-chair" asked to raise $50,000. A large percentage of the Bush fund-raising team remains uncommitted, a signal that the Republican establishment is not satisfied with the present field seeking the party's nomination. McCain's...
  • Why I Believe Fred Thompson is the Right Guy for America

    06/06/2007 4:44:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 57 replies · 1,262+ views
    Grassroots Voter ^ | June 5, 2007 | Chester Goad
    Back in the day when people cared that the President of United States was giving a televised speech, I remember sitting in front of my family's gigantic wooden tv box complete with rabbit ears anticipating with my mom and dad the announcement that our President, Ronald Reagan would soon be speaking to the nation. I was 11 years old. My parents were Democrats. That was also back in the days when the election ended and the President was our President regardless of how we voted--democrat or republican. I didn't know what I was until I heard Reagan speak. Strangely enough...
  • Fred Thompson Seeks $4.6 Million

    06/06/2007 3:54:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 82 replies · 1,453+ views
    NewsMax ^ | June 6, 2007
    Supporters of Fred Thompson are seeking to raise $4.6 million to help launch the former senator and "Law & Order” star’s expected run for president in 2008. A group called the First-Day Founders got the ball rolling when all 100 members each donated the primary maximum of $2,300 on June 1, the day Thompson’s exploratory committee filed with the Tennessee secretary of state, allowing the committee to begin fundraising. If the First-Day Founders come through with their fundraising efforts, "Thompson presumably would start off with $4.6 million in ‘seed money,’” The Hill newspaper reported. "Speculation has been rampant as of...
  • Fred Thompson Obtains The Services Of Tim Griffin

    06/06/2007 2:48:43 PM PDT · by The Blitherer · 38 replies · 2,299+ views
    The Atlantic Online ^ | 6/6/07 | Marc Ambinder
    Here's an interesting addition to the growing, un-revealed, unofficial presidential campaign of Ex-Sen. Fred Thompson : J. Timothy Griffin, the former RNC research whiz and Army JAG prosecutor who served, briefly, as a U.S. Attorney in the second district in Arkansas. Griffin, you'll no doubt recall, was selected with White House input to replace prosecutor Bud Cummins in AR when Griffin returned from serving a tour of duty in Iraq. Griffin is advising Thompson on communications and message and will probably be a consultant to Thompson's presidential campaign. Griffin was a very early, very informal adviser to AR Gov. Mike...
  • Thompson Raises $220K Online in 18 Hours

    06/06/2007 11:47:08 AM PDT · by The Blitherer · 160 replies · 2,635+ views
    www.HughHewitt.com ^ | 6/6/07 | Patrick Ruffini
    Sources close to the Thompson campaign have passed along the following first-day results for ImWithFred.com: Averaged close to 1,500 people per hour signing up as friends Averaged $12,000 per hour in contributions Raised more than $220,000 dollars via the website Seen just under half of the Friends send a message to others asking them to sign up or give. We'll see what traffic measuring services like Alexa say in a day or so, but this has to be considered a powerful shot across the bow.
  • Fred Thompson appears on Hannity/Combs, announced campaign website

    06/06/2007 7:53:41 AM PDT · by Gopher Broke · 35 replies · 1,383+ views
    Fred was interviewed by Sean Hannity last night...among the items discussed was his new campaign website.. http://www.imwithfred.com/index.aspx
  • Fred Thompson Could Face Fire From the Right

    06/05/2007 7:09:14 PM PDT · by bd476 · 117 replies · 1,894+ views
    Cybercast News Servie ^ | June 5, 2007 | By Fred Lucas
    Fred Thompson Could Face Fire From the Right By Fred Lucas CNSNews.com Staff Writer June 05, 2007 (CNSNews.com) - While many Republican voters view likely presidential candidate Fred Thompson as the great conservative hope of 2008, a review of Thompson's Senate voting record and past comments could change the minds of some conservatives. Thompson was quoted expressing support for abortion rights in 1994 when he first ran for the Senate from Tennessee, although once in the Senate, he consistently voted pro-life. He not only voted for, but was a major booster of the campaign finance reform bill that many...