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  • The John McCain I got to know

    09/10/2008 7:23:50 AM PDT · by flyfree · 8 replies · 182+ views
    politico ^ | Fred Thompson
    Although Americans are used to Labor Day campaign kickoffs, this year’s back-to-back political conventions meant exposure to more than the usual number of partisan promises of a bright future and excoriation of the opposition. So, while most of us who address the national conventions like to think our words will make all the difference for our party and the great American who is our nominee, in reality our speeches usually just blend into a kaleidoscope of impressions the public takes from the week’s events. That is why, in my own convention speech, I tried to tap into a sentiment already...
  • Voters rue casting absentee ballots early

    02/07/2008 8:14:36 AM PST · by SmithL · 16 replies · 225+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 2/7/8 | C.W. Nevius
    Voters in California have been encouraged to use mail-in absentee ballots for years now. The idea is to increase participation. And it has. But this year some voters are wishing they hadn't done it. Mary Wirth, an adjunct law professor at Hastings College and Sunset District resident, got an e-mail Wednesday morning from one of her closest friends. She'd voted early, but then changed her mind on election day. "She had outrageous buyer's remorse," Wirth said. "She said, 'I feel like such an idiot.' " Join the crowd. It wasn't just that some voters made their selection early and then...
  • Politics Today: Thompson has tough fight to stay in contest

    01/07/2008 12:12:29 PM PST · by SmithL · 81 replies · 185+ views
    Memphis Commercial Appeal ^ | 1/7/8 | Blake Fontenay
    Fred is not dead. But his campaign is hanging by a thread. That pretty much sums up where Fred Thompson's bid for the White House stands. Heading into last week's Iowa caucuses, many political observers were saying the former U.S. senator from Tennessee needed to at least finish third to remain in the hunt for the Republican nomination. Thompson got that, narrowly beating out Sen. John McCain for the third-place spot by less than one percentage point. That's the good news, such as it was. But the bad news is that attention has now shifted to Tuesday's New Hampshire primary,...
  • Thompson using governor's script

    09/04/2007 8:40:11 PM PDT · by SmithL · 229 replies · 2,255+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 9/4/7 | Carla Marinucci
    Republican presidential candidate Fred Thompson's current political playbook - a high-profile visit to the "Tonight" show, a splashy bus tour, the efforts to take a familiar actor and reintroduce him in a new political role - contains pages that look eerily familiar to California voters. Maybe that's because the former Tennessee senator now has at his side some of same key aides who - in nine short weeks - helped transform Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger from "The Terminator" into the chief executive of the Democratic-leaning most populous state in the nation. Thompson plans to formally kick off his presidential bid -...
  • Thompson wins SD Straw Poll [South Dakota]

    09/04/2007 2:23:58 PM PDT · by deport · 39 replies · 1,097+ views
    SD GOP ^ | 9-4-07 | SDGOP
    HURON – Fred Thompson won the first-ever South Dakota Republican Party Presidential Straw Poll at the South Dakota State Fair Aug. 30 through Sept. 3, 2007. Thompson bested the field of nine garnering 25 percent of the vote. He was followed by Rudy Giuliani who received 19 percent; John McCain received 14 percent, Mike Huckabee and Mitt Romney each received 13 percent; Ron Paul received 8 percent; Duncan Hunter received 4 percent; Sam Brownback received 3 percent; and Tom Tancredo received 1 percent of the vote. More than 500 people voted in the poll which was conducted at the...
  • Grin and Bear It: Is Fred Thompson Made of Presidential Material?

    09/01/2007 9:02:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 123 replies · 2,089+ views
    Newsweek/MSNBC ^ | Sept. 10, 2007 issue | Holly Bailey with Richard Wolffe, Eleanor Clift, Eve Conant and Mary Carmichael
    Fred Thompson does not want to meet the Butter Princess. Everywhere he turns at this morning's meet-and-greet at the Minnesota State Fair, he is surrounded by hundreds of star-struck onlookers, many of them "Law & Order" fans who line up three-dozen deep for a close-up with the actor who would be president. Thompson, a sometimes reluctant campaigner, is in full movie-star mode, and has his good-ole-boy charm set on high. All the women he meets are "honey" and the men "buddy." Even dressed down in khakis and a blue shirt with the sleeves rolled up, he is hard to miss....
  • Analysis: Fred Thompson now racing clock

    08/31/2007 5:41:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 185 replies · 2,445+ views
    The Politico ^ | August 31, 2007 | Mike Allen
    Fred Thompson has been acting like he has all the time in the world to get his campaign going, with his aides and advisers saying they wanted to get a first-class organization humming before the “Law & Order” actor steps out for his close-up. One adviser, seeking to calm down an excitable reporter, even pointed out that “there will be two World Series” before the 2008 election. But in fact Thompson – who plans to travel the country with his family in a luxury bus emblazoned with the words “Security, Unity, Prosperity” -- is in a race against time that...
  • Thompson says he's definitely in the race

    08/30/2007 2:12:23 PM PDT · by Ultra Sonic 007 · 130 replies · 2,255+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | 08/30/2007 | Michael Kranish
    <p>Fred Thompson, the actor and former Tennessee senator whose flirtation with a presidential bid has frustrated some supporters, will file papers to officially enter the race next Thursday, his campaign manager told key backers this afternoon.</p> <p>"Fred is definitely is going to make the race," campaign manager Bill Lacy told members of the Thompson campaign's national finance team in a conference call. "We are in this race to win." Lacy said Thompson will also announce his campaign on a webcast next Thursday. After that he is expected to visit Iowa Sept. 7, New Hampshire on Sept. 8 and 9, and South Carolina after that. There will also be events Sept. 13-15 in Florida and Tennessee, Lacy said.</p>
  • Thompson to Announce Bid Sept. 6

    08/30/2007 1:42:12 PM PDT · by SmithL · 149 replies · 3,472+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 8/30/7 | LIZ SIDOTI, Associated Press Writer
    Des Moines, Iowa (AP) -- Republican Fred Thompson, whose entry into the presidential race has been long anticipated, will officially launch his candidacy Sept. 6 in a webcast on his campaign site, followed by a five-day tour of early primary states, The Associated Press has learned. The preliminary campaign of the former Tennessee senator and "Law & Order" actor is to disclose details about how he will formally enter the race in a Thursday afternoon conference call with supporters. House parties will be held nationwide on Sept. 6. A tour of Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina will quickly follow...
  • Law, order, politics: Run, Fred, run (Patronizing San Fran Lib blasts a Southern conservative)

    08/28/2007 5:26:10 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies · 619+ views
    Inside the Bay Area ^ | August 28, 2007 | Susan Young
    WHY WON'T FOLKSY "Law & Order" actor Fred Thompson just admit he's running for president of these here United States? It all boils down to that pesky NBC show, and using that exposure to your best advantage. Thompson, a Republican, has dabbled in acting, lobbying and lawyering over the years, serving as Tennessee's representative in the United States Senate from 1994 to 2003. In his twilight days of serving the country, he joined the cast of "Law & Order" in 2002 as good'ol backwoods boy and New York City District Attorney Arthur Branch. Strong character, basically a good guy who...
  • DNC: [Fred]Thompson Continues to Skirt Law as He Fundraises in Twin Cities

    08/28/2007 12:03:15 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies · 1,016+ views
    The Dallas Examiner ^ | August 27, 2007 | DNC Staff
    WASHINGTON (Map) - Former Washington lobbyist and candidate for the GOP Presidential nomination Fred Thompson hasn't let accusations that he's violating Federal Elections Commission (FEC) law by running a shadow campaign slow him down. Thompson will be in the Twin Cities today to raise money for his "testing the waters" campaign while experts continue to assert that Thompson is using a loophole in the law to avoid the scrutiny that comes with becoming an official candidate for the GOP nomination. For someone who is only "testing the waters," Thompson's campaign team has seen a lot of upheaval. Today his communications...
  • Some in GOP impatient with [Fred]Thompson

    08/26/2007 11:48:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies · 1,195+ views
    Lawrence Journal-World & 6News ^ | August 27, 2007 | Margaret Talev
    Indianapolis — “I’m with Fred” enticed the placards set up here at the Midwest Republican Leadership Conference at a table touting the noncampaign of actor, ex-senator and possible presidential candidate Fred Thompson. In exchange for a $250 check, the faithful and the curious could enter a private room to meet Thompson, a political insider playing the outsider who might be the nation’s next Ronald Reagan — or might not even run. Some walked away from the closed-door fundraiser on Saturday afternoon convinced. “He looks presidential,” said Jeff Cardwell, 47, a conservative Christian lumber and hardware retailer. “He talks about going...
  • [Fred]Thompson discusses (Islamic)terrorist threat during speech

    08/26/2007 6:24:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies · 668+ views
    WLS-TV ABC7 Chicago ^ | August 26, 2007
    Republican Fred Thompson says the terrorist threat from Islamic radicals is going to pose danger to the United States for a long time. He says "We have got to be more united and more committed than ever before." The former Tennessee senator and actor known for his role on NBC's "Law & Order" spoke last night at the Midwest Republican Leadership Conference in Indianapolis. Before his speech, he said he's in a sound position to make a run for the Republican presidential nomination, even though he hasn't declared his candidacy and others in the crowded field announced months ago. Thompson...
  • Humphrey: Does Fred Thompson need a 'coonskin cap?

    08/25/2007 10:48:08 PM PDT · by SmithL · 15 replies · 648+ views
    Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | 8/26/7 | Tom Humphrey
    Tennessee voters have often exhibited a fondness for political symbols —Estes Kefauver’s ’coonskin cap or Lamar Alexander’s plaid shirt, for a couple of historical examples — that haven’t always played well to a national audience. This is something that Fred Thompson may want to consider as Tennessee fans urge him to climb back into his famous red pickup truck for a presidential campaign, as reported last week by the Associated Press. Right now, it’s parked and rusting at his mom’s house. Of course, he first might want to consider making a decision on whether to run. But Thompson fans figure...
  • Run Fred run

    08/25/2007 10:07:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies · 458+ views
    Will Fred run? That seems to be the question of the hour as former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson continues to toy with the idea of running for the White House in 2008. Thompson needs to get off the fence and either declare his candidacy or get out of the way so the serious candidates can run. What’s the hurry? Well, for Thompson, making his decision soon would give him the opportunity to make up for lost time. Most of the candidates in the Republican field have been running for months. They have a huge head start in getting their names...
  • [Fred]Thompson says he likes his position (Good article!)

    08/25/2007 6:46:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies · 926+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | August 25, 2007 | Mike Smith
    All-but-declared GOP candidate Fred Thompson said Saturday he is in a sound position to make a run for the nomination even though others announced their candidacies months ago. "We have done within a few months what other people have spent much longer periods of time doing," Thompson told reporters before delivering a keynote speech to the Midwest Republican Leadership Conference, which has drawn party activists from 12 states. Thompson has had a less-than-stellar summer that included a campaign staff shake-up and fundraising that failed to meet expectations. But he has polled well in national surveys despite his unofficial status. "We've...
  • Wango Tango (Ted Nugent supporting Fred Thompson?)

    08/24/2007 12:55:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies · 1,601+ views
    Slate's Political War Room ^ | August 24, 2007 | Tim Grieve
    Back in June, Motor City Madman Ted Nugent said he admires a lot of the 2008 Republican presidential candidates, and especially would-be candidate Fred Thompson. "I really like Mike Huckabee and Tommy Thompson," Nugent told Dennis Miller. "I admire Mitt Romney. I admire John McCain. But to whittle it down right now I really have the Nugent spotlight, and I've been scrutinizing Mr. Fred Thompson. I think he glows a little bit more than those other great gentlemen." Does Thompson think that Nugent glows? And if he does, will he still think so after watching a concert video in which...
  • EDITORIAL: Get a life (Fred Alert!)

    08/24/2007 11:20:14 AM PDT · by Josh Painter · 21 replies · 723+ views
    Las Vegas Review-Journal ^ | Aug. 22, 2007 | Editorial Staff
    Lane Hudson, an Internet gadfly, filed a complaint with the FEC on Monday, accusing Sen. Thompson of illegally raising more money than he needs to decide whether to run for president. Federal law allows potential candidates to raise money to travel, conduct polls and pay for other expenses related to "testing the waters" for a political campaign, without any requirement that the prospective candidate file financial reports with the Federal Elections Commission during that exploratory period. But the law prohibits anyone who is "testing the waters" from hoarding the money thus raised for use during his actual campaign. "We're following...
  • Former Bush Scribe to Thompson's Staff ('Axis of Evil' Speech Author Writing Fred's Announcement)

    08/23/2007 4:19:31 PM PDT · by hardback · 48 replies · 941+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 2:15 PM ET on Aug 23, 2007 | Mike Sheer
    Former Bush Scribe To Thompson's Staff Matt Scully, a former speechwriter for President Bush, is back to work--this time for soon to be candidate Fred Thompson. Thompson spokeswoman Linda Rozett confirmed Thursday that Scully has joined Team Thompson, but wouldn't say what, specifically, he is doing for the non-campaign. "We are a team effort," she wrote in an e-mail. "A lot of people are helping Fred Thompson test the waters--Ed McFadden, Mary Matalin...and Matt Scully." Word on the street is that Scully is busy writing Thompson's announcement speech. But as of now, its not clear exactly when the speech will...
  • Thompson's Image Cultivated by Hollywood

    08/22/2007 2:08:31 PM PDT · by SmithL · 37 replies · 727+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 8/22/7 | CHELSEA J. CARTER, Associated Press Writer
    Los Angeles (AP) -- If Fred Thompson is auditioning for the role of a lifetime, he could hardly be any better prepared. For millions, Thompson is simply Arthur Branch, the gruff, hard-nosed district attorney on NBC's "Law & Order." Many others may recognize him from strong, take-charge movie roles including an admiral in "The Hunt for Red October." As Thompson prepares for a likely run for the presidency — he said Wednesday "it will not be long" until he makes an announcement on the subject — his image has been cultivated as much by Hollywood as by his time as...
  • Thompson backers hope red pickup also to hit campaign trail again

    08/21/2007 5:10:38 PM PDT · by xcamel · 168 replies · 1,974+ views
    WKRN ^ | August 21, 2007, 7:01 pm | By ERIK SCHELZIG
    More than a dozen years after it was credited with helping turn around his first bid for public office, Fred Thompson's old pickup truck sits parked behind his mother's house in this Nashville suburb. The red paint is faded and the tailgate hangs open, but supporters would like nothing more than to see the actor-politician leap back into the bed to make stump speeches in his bid for the White House. The Republican has not yet announced his candidacy _ that's expected next month _ and there's been no word from Thompson's campaign about whether there will be any role...
  • [Fred]Thompson Brings Gun Control to the Fore (Knocks Rudy on 2nd Amendment)

    08/21/2007 9:04:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 66 replies · 2,769+ views
    The New York Times ^ | August 22, 2007 | Michael Cooper
    Former Senator Fred D. Thompson of Tennessee, who has not officially declared his presidential ambitions, took a not-very-veiled swipe yesterday at the leading Republican candidate, former Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani of New York, for supporting gun control. Mr. Thompson, who starred in “Law & Order,” wrote on his Web site: “When I was working in television, I spent quite a bit of time in New York City. There are lots of things about the place I like, but New York gun laws don’t fall in that category.” Then he decried a recent court ruling on a gun case, writing that...
  • Thompson faces election complaint [A liberal blogger has filed a federal complaint....]

    08/20/2007 12:34:22 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 59 replies · 2,514+ views
    Thompson faces election complaint By JIM KUHNHENN, Associated Press Writer 14 minutes ago A liberal blogger has filed a federal complaint against former Sen. Fred Thompson, the actor and unannounced Republican candidate for president, accusing him of violating election laws as he ponders his entry into the race. The blogger, Lane Hudson, submitted his complaint to the Federal Election Commission on Monday saying Thompson has raised far more money than he needs to explore whether to run for president. Federal law allows potential candidates to raise money to travel, conduct polls and pay for other expenses related to "testing the...
  • Latest Polls Show Giuliani and Even Fred Thompson Beating Clinton

    08/19/2007 8:27:08 PM PDT · by az4vlad · 61 replies · 2,066+ views
    Intellectual Conservative ^ | August 19, 2007 | Rachel Alexander
    The presidential election is still over a year away, and Republican approval ratings are lower than ever with the President's approval rating averaging 32.9%, but the latest polls are already beginning to show Giuliani beating Hillary in hypothetical matchups in the general presidential election. According to key campaign website, two out of the five most recent major polls have Giuliani beating Hillary, and one has Fred Thompson beating Hillary. A Battleground poll taken in the middle of July shows Giuliani beating Hillary by 6 points, and a Rasmussen poll taken at the end of July has Giuliani winning by...
  • Who is Fred Thompson? Career in limelight

    08/19/2007 5:28:12 PM PDT · by SmithL · 38 replies · 1,249+ views
    Memphis Commercial Appeal ^ | 8/19/7 | Bartholomew Sullivan
    Republican by allegiance, conservative by nature, Thompson remains hard to pigeonhole -- Fred Dalton Thompson, who is expected to announce in early September he is a candidate for president of the United States, was already a family man when he arrived in Memphis in 1962. That may explain why his listing in the Memphis State University yearbook, class of 1964, offers no clubs, no sports, no "most likely to succeed." Thompson's mention, slotted between Raymond Lyle Thomas and Martha Ann Thompson, gives his hometown of Memphis and simply states he graduated from the College of Arts and Sciences. "He had...

    08/18/2007 10:39:05 PM PDT · by Doofer · 9 replies · 591+ views
    New Yoirk Post ^ | August 18, 2007 | CHARLES HURT
    August 18, 2007 -- DES MOINES, Iowa - Fred Thompson wandered very close to getting into the 2008 presidential race yesterday in his first foray here - riding a wave of political celebrity but carefully skirting the pitfalls of specifics. The former senator from Tennessee, who is expected to enter the race next month, wants to be the conservative alternative to Rudy Giuliani but refused repeated requests yesterday to rule out raising taxes. "We are in the process of gradually bankrupting future generations in this country," Thompson said of Social Security and other entitlement programs that will plunge the federal...
  • [Mitt]Romney, [Fred]Thompson tie for straw poll victory

    08/19/2007 4:22:16 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 65 replies · 1,532+ views
    August 19, 2007 | Dan Shaw Due to copyright issues, link only....
  • Some view Thompson as next 'Great Communicator'

    08/18/2007 9:21:51 PM PDT · by SmithL · 210 replies · 2,517+ views
    Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | 8/19/7 | Michael Collins
    Will Reagan similarities help this actor-turned-politician? WASHINGTON — He’s an actor-turned-politician in the mode of Ronald Reagan, someone who’s at ease in front of a camera or a crowd, a man who can charm an audience with a folksy tale or a clever turn of phrase. But is Fred Thompson truly Reaganesque? Reagan was, after all, the Great Communicator, a leader so skilled at connecting with his subjects that he has become the standard by which all would-be presidents are judged. Thompson’s admirers, elated over his expected decision to seek the Republican nomination for president, already are hailing his candidacy...
  • Thompson Woos Iowa, a Presidential Hopeful in All but Formality

    08/18/2007 7:29:14 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies · 895+ views
    The New York Times ^ | August 17, 2007 | Susan Saulny
    Following in the path of Mitt Romney, Rudolph W. Giuliani, Hillary Rodham Clinton and a host of other presidential candidates, Fred D. Thompson punched his ticket at the Iowa State Fair on Friday, acting very much the candidate despite legal restrictions on his political activity. This was in no uncertain terms a debut for Mr. Thompson. Rather than merely delivering a talk to supporters, he was engaged this time in what could not have been mistaken for anything other than retail campaigning as he mingled through the crowd at the fair, a must-stop for any serious presidential contender. But if...

    08/17/2007 9:47:53 AM PDT · by SmithL · 335 replies · 4,492+ views
    New York Post ^ | 8/17/7 | Charles Hurt
    IN JUST two weeks, Fred Thompson will finally announce his formal entry into the 2008 presidential race and instantly become the biggest Republican threat to Rudy Giuliani. The long-anticipated move by the former "Law and Order" star begins today with his arrival at the Iowa State Fair, where he will face his first real test before actual voters. Giuliani still holds a 10-point advantage over him in national polls, according to RealClearPolitics, but Thompson has seen his own support steadily grow while Giuliani's slowly erodes, from a high of nearly 40 percent earlier this year to below 30 percent now....
  • Thompson 'taking time' to make GOP prez announcement

    08/15/2007 12:20:09 PM PDT · by SmithL · 110 replies · 2,004+ views
    Will the leading non-candidate for the Republican presidential nomination get into the race in time for a debate next month in New Hampshire? Former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson is expected to get into the race in early September, about the time of the Sept. 5 debate at the University of New Hampshire in Durham. But Thompson’s unofficial White House campaign says no date has been set for any announcement. Asked today by a Nashville radio commentator whether Sept. 5 is likely to be the day, Thompson said: “I can’t give you a particular date, but sounds like you’re in the...
  • What We Saw at the Iowa Straw Poll (Fredheads E-Mail)

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

    08/11/2007 7:47:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies · 945+ views
    The washington Post ^ | August 12, 2007 | Michael D. Shear and Chris Cillizza
    Republican presidential candidates transformed the campus of Iowa State University into a conservative carnival Saturday, competing for votes by offering free soda and barbecue and a promise of shade for the thousands who braved the 100-degree heat to attend this year's straw poll. The activists came by the busload, more than 30,000 in all, for the first voting of the 2008 presidential campaign. But for many, casting ballots was an afterthought as they made their way past huge stages with live bands, inflatable bouncy rooms for the kids and fair-style booths touting one conservative cause after another. The Iowa Right...
  • [Fred]Thompson Leads, Democrats Close in North Carolina

    08/11/2007 8:09:35 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 60 replies · 1,624+ views
    Angus Reid Global Monitor ^ | August 10, 2007
    Fred Thompson remains the favourite United States presidential contender for Republican Party backers in the Tar Heel State, according to a poll by Public Policy Polling. 30 per cent of respondents in North Carolina would support the actor and former Tennessee senator in the 2008 primary. Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani is second with 20 per cent, followed by former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney with 12 per cent, and Arizona senator John McCain with seven per cent. In the sample of Democratic Party supporters, former North Carolina senator John Edwards and New York senator Hillary Rodham Clinton are...
  • Is the Good Ship Fred Righting Its Course?

    08/09/2007 1:33:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies · 1,363+ views
    National Review ^ | August 9, 2007 | Jim Geraghty
    The mood within Team Fred is a bit more optimistic with yesterday’s news that William Lacy will be taking the reins of the not-quite campaign. While friends of Fred will try to make the case that the troubles of the past weeks were minor bumps in the road, I’m told the mood within Fred-land was gloomy, as suggested by the sudden departures and fairly low-profile schedule for the not-quite-candidate. What we on the outside didn’t see were the tensions at the top and a sense of confusion over what the next steps were… A quirk of the not-quite-campaign so far...
  • Fred Thompson on the Move

    08/08/2007 4:40:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 70 replies · 1,451+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | August 8, 2007 | Marie Horrigan
    With a re-vamped Web site, a new “Weekly Update” e-mail to supporters, and the announcement of top campaign hires, the still-unofficial presidential campaign of actor and former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson edges ever closer to officialdom this week. As part of the flurry of activity, Thompson informed supporters he was taking the month of August to travel around the country and speak with voters. “It’s not quite two-a-days, but I think we’re building some real momentum. To keep that momentum, we’re shifting into higher gear,” Thompson wrote in his inaugural e-mail update, released Tuesday, On Wednesday, the campaign announced that...
  • [Fred]Thompson's timing gamble may pay off for his campaign

    08/08/2007 2:36:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 171 replies · 2,460+ views
    The Concord Monitor ^ | August 8, 2007 | DANIEL BARRICK
    Word of Fred Thompson's imminent entrance into the presidential sweepstakes rippled through Republican circles this spring. Two months later, that talk is pretty much the only thing the Thompson campaign has to show for in New Hampshire. But don't worry, all you Fred-heads. Thompson, a former Tennessee senator, may lack a Granite State office, campaign staff or fundraising team. But he's got one thing the other GOP hotshots don't: Dan Hughes. "I'm sitting here in my basement ready to go," Hughes told us by phone yesterday. Hughes, a former state representative from New Castle, is Thompson's man on the ground...
  • Sen. Thompson launches new site, weekly updates

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

    08/07/2007 12:47:16 PM PDT · by SmithL · 58 replies · 1,435+ views
    AP via KnoxNews ^ | 8/7/7 | ALAN FRAM, Associated Press
    WASHINGTON - Women are flocking to Hillary Rodham Clinton's Democratic presidential candidacy and men are doing the same for Republican Fred Thompson. Yet for all that support, both candidates are showing early vulnerabilities wooing voters of the opposite sex. Thompson, the former Tennessee senator and tough-guy actor on television's "Law and Order," gets 68 percent of his support from males as he edges toward a run for the GOP presidential nomination, far more than other hopefuls, according to recent Associated Press-Ipsos polling. While he and front-runner Rudy Giuliani each draw nearly a quarter of the Republican male vote, he significantly...
  • Is GOP Straying from Conservative Base?

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

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

    08/07/2007 3:15:40 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies · 643+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | August 7, 2007 | Alan Fram,Trevor Tompson and Dennis Junius
    Women are flocking to Hillary Rodham Clinton's Democratic presidential candidacy and men are doing the same for Republican Fred Thompson. Yet for all that support, both candidates are showing early vulnerabilities wooing voters of the opposite sex. Thompson, the former Tennessee senator and tough-guy actor on television's "Law and Order," gets 68 percent of his support from males as he edges toward a run for the GOP presidential nomination, far more than other hopefuls, according to recent Associated Press-Ipsos polling. While he and front-runner Rudy Giuliani each draw nearly a quarter of the Republican male vote, he significantly trails his...
  • In make-or-break South Carolina, GOP race still scrambled

    08/06/2007 11:08:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies · 535+ views
    I'm With Fred ^ | August 2, 2006 | Ariel Sabar
    Greenville, S.C. For nearly three decades, South Carolina has been a make-or-break state for Republican presidential candidates. None has become the national nominee without a victory – often a decisive one – in this first-in-the-South primary. But six months before the primary here, the state is giving up few secrets about the direction of the race, reflecting a level of disarray in the Republican ranks rarely seen in years past. GOP leaders and conservative activists here say that the war in Iraq and immigration policy are splintering upstate evangelical voters, a large voting bloc that has typically united around litmus-test...
  • [Fred]Thompson’s Contributor Roster Has Strong Tennessee Tinge

    08/03/2007 6:41:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies · 639+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | August 2, 2007 | Greg Giroux
    It took a while, but Republican Fred Thompson’s opening report on his fundraising for his presidential exploratory campaign committee is providing the first glimpse of the prominent early supporters of his still-unofficial White House bid. Thompson’s report — filed with the Internal Revenue Service, with which he registered his “testing the waters” committee, rather than the Federal Election Commission (FEC) — showed that he raised $3.46 million and spent $626,000 between the committee’s incorporation on June 4 and the end of that month. Thompson’s report is studded with contributions from prominent business leaders and politicians in his home state of...
  • Fred Thompson’s Long ‘Exploration’ Raises Money — and Confusion

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

    08/01/2007 5:56:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 55 replies · 1,079+ views
    West Central Tribune ^ | August 01, 2007 | Richard Cohen
    <p>It’s a shame that Fred Thompson is too young to have played Matt Dillon, the no-nonsense marshal of Dodge City in the long-running radio and television series “Gunsmoke.” That role on the radio went to William Conrad (later TV’s “Cannon”) and on television to James Arness. But whether TV or radio, Marshal Dillon had the same policy for cowboys when they rode into Dodge: They had to surrender their guns.</p>
  • Zach Wamp: Fred Thompson Must Announce Soon

    07/31/2007 4:42:11 PM PDT · by kellynla · 30 replies · 757+ views ^ | July 31, 2007 | Zach Wamp
    Republican Fred Thompson needs to say in August if he is running for president because he has enjoyed about all the benefits he can expect from being a noncandidate, a key backer said on Tuesday. The Hollywood actor turned White House contender announced he had raised more than $3.4 million in June -- less than the predicted $5 million -- for his presidential campaign-in-waiting, amid some concerns he has waited too long. "The level of support and enthusiasm from people across this country is inspiring," said a statement from Thompson, who said donations came from 9,167 people from all 50...

    07/31/2007 2:12:00 PM PDT · by pissant · 125 replies · 1,962+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 7/31/07 | Joe Seidman
    Among the 9,167 donors who contributed a combined $3.46 million in the month of June to former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson's "testing the waters" committee, several are notable names. Georgette Mosbacher, a leading Republican fundraiser, who once dated Thompson, contributed $2,300. Former Sen. Howard H. Baker, gave $2,300. Peyton W. Manning, quarterback for the Indianapolis Colts, gave $2,300. Douglas J. Feith, the former Defense Department official now teaching at Georgetown University, gave $2,300. Katuria D'Amato, former New York Sen. Al D'Amato's wife, gave $2,300. Trace Adkins, a country music singer, and his wife Rhonda, each contributed $2,300 maximum. Richard A....
  • Thompson Raises $3.4 Million in June

    07/31/2007 10:26:17 AM PDT · by SmithL · 14 replies · 603+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 7/31/7 | LIZ SIDOTI, Associated Press Writer
    WASHINGTON, (AP) -- Undeclared Republican candidate Fred Thompson on Tuesday reported raising nearly $3.5 million in one month for his expected presidential bid, lagging behind his backers' goal of $5 million. The "Law & Order" actor and former Tennessee senator filed papers with the Internal Revenue Service that showed he spent about $625,000 in June, the first month that his preliminary campaign committee was operating. At $3.46 million, the total raised fell short of the $5 million goal his backers initially set to reach in one month for his committee to "test the waters" of a presidential bid. Thompson did,...
  • For Giuliani's campaign, a change in tactics (Rudy Fears Fred in Florida)

    07/31/2007 5:07:58 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies · 884+ views
    McClatchy Newspapers ^ | July 30, 2007 | William Douglas
    Is Rudy Giuliani hearing opportunity knock or is he hearing footsteps from behind? The former New York mayor’s presidential campaign strategy initially seemed to be aimed at big primary states such as Florida and California, and largely ignoring early small states such as Iowa and New Hampshire. This week, however, Giuliani unleashed radio ads trumpeting his conservative credentials in Iowa and New Hampshire right after a two-day swing through Iowa. What gives? Some political observers say the Giuliani camp may be rethinking its big-states strategy because of the shifting political landscape, believing it can pick up moderate supporters from Arizona...