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  • Nixon's 'Southern Strategy' and a Liberal Big Lie

    07/03/2014 11:38:36 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 5 replies
    Human Events ^ | July 3rd, 2014 | Patrick J. Buchanan
    “For the first time since President Richard M. Nixon’s divisive ‘Southern strategy’ that sent whites to the Republican Party and blacks to the Democrats …” began a New York Times story last week. Thus has one of the big lies of U.S. political history morphed into a cliche — that Richard Nixon used racist politics to steal the South from a Democratic Party battling heroically for civil rights. A brief stroll through Bruce Bartlett’s “Wrong on Race: The Democratic Party’s Buried Past” might better enlighten us. Where Teddy Roosevelt invited Booker T. Washington to dinner, Woodrow Wilson re-segregated the U.S....
  • Newt Gingrich: Race is "Wide Open"

    02/13/2012 11:38:16 AM PST · by VinL · 74 replies
    CBN ^ | 2-13-12 | Brody
    The Brody File sat down with Newt Gingrich for a one-on-one interview at CPAC in Washington last week. We discussed the state of the race, from his perspective. Here's what he had to say. Transcription follows the video below. David Brody: “Hey, you know, I like to call you the Yoda of this presidential race, so Yoda, if you will, give me your impression of where we’re at.” Newt Gingrich: “Is this a comment on the fact that I’m a grandfather or what?” David: “It could be partially that. Give me your sense of where we’re at in the race,...
  • ANOTHER LIBERAL LIE EXPOSED: The Myth of the Southern Strategy

    10/03/2011 7:58:51 PM PDT · by Billlknowles · 7 replies
    Contagious Transformation ^ | 10/03/2011 | Carl Reed
    “A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.” Mark Twain (attributed) Recently, Herman Cain made the comment that, “Many African-Americans have been brainwashed into not being open-minded, not even considering a conservative point of view.” For this statement he was vilified, especially by the black liberal establishment. It may have been imprudent for him to say, especially if he wishes to garner a significant portion of the black vote, but it is the truth. Blacks have been brainwashed by the myth of the Southern Strategy. There was a point in our history...
  • Southern Strategy was it racist???

    so i'm posting on a forum arguing over how the southern strategy wasn't necessarily racist but that republican policies are race neutral so therefore it was just a consequence that racists would choose the race neutral party over the party of welfare... but then somebody mentions kevin phillips and it seems his comments were pretty intentional...but I also find out he wrote anti-bush books and isn't a real conservative...how should I respong...i'm slystallion26 by the way
  • At the Beacon, Thompson offers conservative a'plenty

    01/19/2008 3:27:55 AM PST · by don-o · 21 replies · 96+ views
    Spartanburg Herald-Journal ^ | January 19, 2008 | Robert W Dalton
    Republican presidential hopeful Fred Thompson played up his Southern roots and his conservative resume Friday during a campaign stop at the Beacon Drive-In. "It's so good to be here among folks who don't think I talk funny," Thompson, a former Tennessee senator, said to a crowd of about 300. He did little campaigning in states where they do think he talks funny - Iowa, New Hampshire and Michigan - and the results were predictable. He was third in Iowa, sixth in New Hampshire and fifth in Michigan. Thompson spent most of the past two weeks traveling across South Carolina, and...
  • South Carolina is the first Republican bellwether (Fred for President)

    01/18/2008 8:56:21 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies · 608+ views
    RayRobinson.com ^ | January 17, 2008 | Ray Robison
    In many ways, South Carolina has the future of the Republican Party in its’ hands. Up until now, the Republican primaries have only flirted with defining what the Republican Party wants. Independents in New Hampshire helped push McCain to victory in a small state with little Republican presence. Michigan rescued Romney and was the most populace stage for a Republican primary yet. However, even that win comes with an asterisk in a largely Democrat state with a fair share of activists who were urged to muddle with the Republican primary by fringe left leaders. But his margin of victory should...
  • S.C. Comptroller Endorses Thompson

    01/18/2008 1:05:04 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies · 47+ views
    WYFF-TV ^ | January 18, 2008
    COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina Comptroller General Richard Eckstrom said he is endorsing Fred Thompson for the Republican presidential nomination. Eckstrom said the former Tennessee senator shows clear leadership on social, fiscal and defense issues and is the only conservative candidate to have momentum going into Saturday's Republican primary in South Carolina. Eckstrom says Thompson can be a leader for the nation like Gov. Mark Sanford is a leader for South Carolina. Eckstrom is a Republican serving his second term as comptroller general.
  • Fredheads needed to phone South Carolina for Fred!

    01/15/2008 2:57:38 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies · 618+ views
    Fred08 ^ | January 15, 2008 | Staff
    Welcome to our Phone for Fred online phone bank! Person to person contact is the most effective way to make a difference in an election. We created the Phone for Fred program for all of you Friends of Fred who want to volunteer and do more for Fred! We need your help in the early primary states. Our Phone for Fred online phone bank makes it easy for you to make a difference! Fred only needs a small commitment of time and you will soon see that your phone calls and person to person contact will help Fred win!
  • Fred Thompson Is the Real Deal

    01/15/2008 1:39:56 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies · 140+ views
    NewsMax ^ | January 15, 2008 | Philip V. Brennan
    Back in 1964 when I was PR director of the GOP Truth Squad in the Goldwater presidential campaign, a film of a Ronald Reagan speech was broadcast on the local station in the city where we were campaigning at the moment. Reagan, then a private citizen, was electrifying. He laid out exactly what was at stake in the campaign while providing an explanation of what America was all about and the philosophy that makes us what we are: a nation operating under a Constitution that spells out exactly the very limited role that government is allowed to play in its...
  • Thompson shares values of Southerners

    01/15/2008 12:00:24 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies · 119+ views
    The Greenville News | January 15, 2008 | Gresham Barrett
    Cannot be posted due to copyright issues...http://www.greenvillenews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080115/OPINION/801150334
  • New Fred Thompson South Carolina Ad: "Always"

    01/14/2008 12:35:20 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies · 648+ views
    Fred08 ^ | January 14, 2008 | Senator Fred D. Thompson
    Our campaign has had a fantastic month! From dominant debate performances to standing room only crowds, Fred is really hitting his stride just in time for the most important contest of the race so far. As much emphasis as is placed on Iowa and New Hampshire, South Carolina is the real bellwether in the GOP nominating process. On Saturday, voters in the Palmetto State will go to the polls and make a statement about the direction of our Party and our nation. As Fred pointed out in last Thursday's debate in Myrtle Beach, we are in a battle for the...
  • Something's Happening? (Fred Comes Alive)

    01/12/2008 8:49:56 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies · 87+ views
    Captain's Quarters ^ | January 12, 2008 | Ed Morrissey
    That's what Fredheads hope, anyway. Fred Thompson seems to have come alive in South Carolina; his campaign reports that they've had to shut down at least two events because supporters have overcrowded the venues. His joltingly aggressive performance on Thursday has people wondering where this Fred has been -- and hoping he sticks around. Baby, they love his way, even the lines on his face ... and they want more people to feel like they do. Here's a little Photoshop fun for the evening; maybe you'll want to put on the great classic album and think, (I'll Give You) Money....
  • Thompson makes case for less government

    01/12/2008 7:50:08 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies · 71+ views
    The Charleston Post and Courier ^ | January 12, 2008 | Robert Behre
    Republican presidential hopeful Fred Thompson continued his full-court press in South Carolina Saturday morning by meeting with about 100 supporters in North Charleston and continuing to take jabs at a rival. While Thompson didn’t name names, his comments at Perkins Family Restaurant echoed what he said in Thursday night’s debate about former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee being too liberal for the Republican base. “A lot of people nowadays think that we have to be moving away from our traditions of the Republican party,” he said. “Most of the populist rhetoric you hear winds up in bigger government and more government...
  • A Combative Thompson Sways Voters

    01/11/2008 10:22:57 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 134 replies · 218+ views
    The New York Times ^ | January 12, 2008 | Paul Vitello
    MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — John and Ann Berenberk dutifully watched the umpteenth Republican presidential debate on television on Thursday night and had an epiphany. It was about the candidate they had previously referred to as the tall, silent one. Fred D. Thompson. The last of the candidates to enter the race, Mr. Thompson, 65, a former Tennessee senator, has so far seemed to distinguish himself mainly by a laconic style that has made him_almost invisible beside the others on the stage in past debates, the Berenberks said. “But then last night — we hadn’t even been thinking about him —...
  • Fred raises big cash since debate, goes back on air

    01/11/2008 8:45:15 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies · 635+ views
    The Politico ^ | January 11, 2008 | Jonathan Martin
    Fred Thompson has raised over $200,000 online since his boffo debate performance last night, says spokesman Todd Harris. For a candidate who is putting everything on South Carolina, the showing could not have come in a better place (Myrtle Beach) or on a better network (Fox) or at a more critical time (just over a week before the South Carolina primary). The debate got front-page previews in both the Charleston and Myrtle Beach papers yesterday, and many conservatives were already likely tuning in to their favorite station. The South Carolina papers had similarly prominent coverage of the debate this morning....
  • Fred Will Be Fred

    01/10/2008 3:04:46 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 79 replies · 119+ views
    The National Review ^ | January 10, 2008 | Jonathan Adler
    The Thompson campaign held a conference call for sympathetic bloggers this afternoon. On the call, Senator Thompson stressed that he would stick to his campaign style, but added he would increase his efforts to make comparisons and draw distinctions with his opponents. A few highlights from call: On his campaign style: "If it's too laid back for folks, it's too laid back for folks," and "we used to judge our Presidents and what we wanted in our Presidents on a different basis." "I stand or fall on the basis of who I am and what I believe." On the press:...
  • Thompson Hopes for Big Surge in the South

    01/10/2008 1:46:36 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 61 replies · 84+ views
    The Ledger ^ | January 10, 2008 | Joe Follick
    TALLAHASSEE | After a miserable showing in Tuesday's New Hampshire primary, GOP candidate Fred Thompson is clearly banking on a surge in the South to revive what was once the most spirited of conservative campaigns. About a dozen state lawmakers joined U.S. Rep. Adam Putnam, R-Lakeland, in the Capital Press Center in Tallahassee for an odd Wednesday morning press conference. Putnam, one of the first Floridians to press for Thompson's candidacy last year, said the former Tennessee senator would do well in next week's South Carolina primary and Florida's Jan. 29 vote. "Everybody recognizes Thompson's appeal in the South," Putnam...
  • Thompson draws 'line in sand' in South Carolina

    01/09/2008 9:35:19 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 185 replies · 581+ views
    The Orangeburg Times and Democrat ^ | January 9, 2008 | Jim Davenport
    SUMTER, S.C. - Republican presidential candidate Fred Thompson said Wednesday he is drawing a "line in the sand" in South Carolina, hoping that familiar Southern territory can revive a campaign sputtering following his last-place finish in New Hampshire the night before. The former Tennessee senator and actor arrived in this early primary state the day before New Hampshire voters went to the polls, and has steadily ratcheted up the importance South Carolina will play in the future of his White House bid. The Republican primary here is Jan. 19. "I'm proud to say I am drawing a line in the...
  • Thompson supporters fend off rivals as candidate pins much on SC

    01/07/2008 6:55:27 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies · 175+ views
    WAAY TV ^ | January 7, 2008
    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - It doesn't matter to South Carolina state Republican David Hiott's colleagues that he's an avowed Fred Thompson supporter - his phone keeps ringing with pleas for him to get ready to jump ship. Hiott says he will be with Thompson "until the bitter end" of his presidential campaign. Hiott and other Thompson supporters in the early voting state say Statehouse colleagues for months have been trying to snare their support for other Republican candidates. But they're sticking with the former Tennessee senator and actor. They say Thompson's conservative credentials and foreign policy experience will gain traction...
  • National Right to Life Sends Mailing for Fred Thompson to South Carolina

    01/07/2008 8:08:01 AM PST · by rightinthemiddle · 62 replies · 173+ views
    LifeNews.com ^ | January 5, 2008 (updated today) | Steven Ertelt
    Columbia, SC (LifeNews.com) -- National Right to Life is putting its money where its mouth is for Republican presidential candidate Fred Thompson in South Carolina. The pro-life group has mailed a postcard touting Thompson’s record to thousands of residents in the third primary battleground state and one where Thompson needs a strong showing. The National Right to Life Committee (NRLC) endorsed Thompson back in November saying he has a strong pro-life voting record and stance on both abortion and bioethics issues. The mailing, sent by the group's political action committee, features a picture of an infant baby and says, “This...
  • Put ‘em to this test (Politicians)

    01/02/2008 12:17:41 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies · 144+ views
    The Asheville Mountain Express ^ | January 2, 2007 | Joyce Vaughan Byars
    Choosing a person for the office of president of the United States is the most difficult decision that a citizen of America must make. The person I chose is of high quality in character, integrity, wisdom, knowledge, education, experience, and a love for our Creator, [the people] and for our nation—[some]one of obvious moral and ethical character ... including unimpaired soundness in [such] qualities as honesty, reliability, faithfulness and maturity. And, of course, wisdom. Knowledge is also a requirement, and that is acquired from tried-and-true hard work, using the tools of a fine education and experience from the trails of...
  • Can Fred Win? Huckabee has a headstart, but Thompson’s a strong finisher

    12/26/2007 10:37:05 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 113 replies · 195+ views
    The Metro Pulse ^ | December 26, 2007 | Frank Cagle
    Favorite son Fred Thompson got into the presidential race running against Rudy Giuliani. Now he’s running against Mike Huckabee. The arc of this campaign keeps changing and now Fred finds himself in Iowa this holiday season fighting to stay in the race. Even his supporters back here in Tennessee have been asking (whispering among themselves) “What’s the matter with Fred?” When Thompson got into the race it didn’t appear that Iowa would matter. Mitt Romney has spent two years and millions of dollars organizing, and seemed on track to score an easy victory. Giuliani and John McCain weren’t even competing...
  • Thompson Coming On In Iowa

    12/21/2007 2:24:43 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies · 1,815+ views
    The NW Republican ^ | December 21, 2007
    Almost as I'd thought. The endorsement of Rep. King has begun having an impact in the Iowa poll numbers and the Thompson campaign is on the move according to this latest Strategic Vision poll. - Huckabee -31% - Romney - 25% - Thompson - 16% The anomaly in this poll right now is Huckabee (another post on that later) who when this poll was taken was at 31%. I have not heard the entire show, however the internet is abuzz with Rush's cremation of Huckabee (and for good reason...again more on that later). Huckabee's numbers are going to plummet down...
  • Pro-Fred & Anti-Huck

    12/15/2007 12:35:55 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies · 228+ views
    The Volokh Conspiracy ^ | December 14, 2007 | Jonathan Adler
    As regular VC readers know, I am one of several conspirators who is supporting Fred Thompson's campaign for President. I cannot speak for the others, but my reasons for supporting Thompson include his commitment to federalism, his candor on important issues other candidates would prefer to avoid (e.g. entitlements), and his record on regulatory reform and government oversight over the past thirty years. For National Review's pentultimate issue (the one before they endorsed Mitt Romney), I authored an article making the conservative case for Thompson. For those without subscriptions to the print magazine, here is an excerpt: Sen. Fred Thompson...
  • Folk Ways (Fred in South Carolina)

    12/11/2007 8:17:07 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies · 644+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | December 12, 2007 | Dana Milbank
    Tell us, Fred Thompson, about your national security policy. "The good guys win and the bad guys lose -- how 'bout that?" Profound. And your economic policy? "Free people, free markets, doin' free things together." Well said. Do you worry that tax cuts might cause lost revenue? "It ain't lost, it's in my pocket." As for how he came to hold certain views on health care, he has this answer for his audience in Anderson, S.C.: "I had a conversation with my little mama back in Franklin, Tennessee." His 87-year-old mother's advice also persuades him to reject the new National...
  • North, South Republicans may be set for breakup (Update at #64)

    12/09/2007 2:30:56 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 68 replies · 285+ views
    The Clarion-Ledger | December 9, 2007 | Richard Dortch
    Cannot be posted due to copyright issues: http://www.clarionledger.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2007712090318
  • Fred Thompson: Another Pro-Life Endorsement

    12/05/2007 4:45:18 PM PST · by ellery · 22 replies · 427+ views
    Christian Broadcasting Network ^ | December 5, 2007 | David Brody
    Mike Huckabee, John McCain and Mitt Romney tout their pro-life credentials. But Fred Thompson keeps getting key endorsements. Check this out below from the Christian News Wire: Today, at a press conference in Columbia, South Carolina, Fred Thompson received the endorsement of South Carolina Citizens for Life. "South Carolina Citizens for Life is pleased to join in National Right to Life's endorsement of Fred Thompson for President of the United States," said Holly Gatling, executive director. "We believe Fred Thompson is the pro-life candidate in the strongest position to defeat pro-abortion Rudy Giuliani and then to defeat the pro-abortion Democrat...
  • Thompson says US needs to get back on right track

    12/04/2007 3:55:13 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies · 154+ views
    WIS-TV ^ | December 4, 2007
    SPARTANBURG, SC (AP) - Republican presidential candidate Fred Thompson says Americans need to choose a president next year that will get the country back on the right track. The former Tennessee senator told an overflow crowd of about 100 people at a Spartanburg restaurant that the nation needs a true conservative as president to help lessen the influence of liberals in Congress. Thompson also emphasized his Southern roots and says he is an example of the true American story. Thompson also talked about his bedrock conservative values and said he is unique among Republican candidates in that his stance on...
  • S.C. POLITICS TODAY (Fred Thompson in South Carolina TODAY and TOMORROW 12/4 & 12/5!!)

    12/03/2007 10:29:49 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies · 631+ views
    The State ^ | December 04, 2007
    Days left until the Jan. 19 S.C. Republican presidential primary: 46 Days left until the Jan. 26 S.C. Democratic presidential primary: 53 Days left to register to vote: 17 CAMPAIGN TRAIL When and where presidential candidates are appearing in South Carolina 12:15 p.m. today: Former U.S. Sen. Fred Thompson will have a meet-and-greet at Wade’s Southern Cooking at 100 N. Pine St. in Spartanburg. 2 p.m.: Thompson will visit Blue Ridge Shooting Sport Store at 3559 Ballenger Road in Greer. 6 p.m.: Thompson will visit Market Square Deli at 2029 Wade Hampton Blvd. in Greenville. 8:45 a.m. Wednesday: Thompson will...
  • Tennesseans didn't like Al in 2000; but Fred Thompson is a candidate they like

    11/25/2007 6:34:23 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies · 191+ views
    The Miami County Republic ^ | November 21, 2007 | Jan "Granny" Sykes
    You can thank me (or throw eggs at me), not the miscounting in Florida, for Al Gore not being the president of the United States. You see, Tennessee did not vote for its favorite son in 2000. I was a voter in Tennessee in 2000. Had Gore been able to carry the state that knew him best, there would have been no need for recounts in Florida. Throughout the three weeks of recounting, the media descended upon Florida. No one came to Tennessee to ask us why we had not voted for our own former U.S. Senator. We did not...
  • Thompson Woos Gun Rights Contingent

    11/25/2007 4:20:02 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies · 143+ views
    The New York Times ^ | November 25, 2007 | Marc Santora
    LADSON, S.C., Nov. 24 — Joe McCormick, a burly man over six feet tall, a World War II-era Mauser rifle at his side, said he was frightened. “Giuliani scares me,” Mr. McCormick said of Rudolph W. Giuliani, the former mayor of New York City who is seeking the Republican presidential nomination. “What does a mayor of New York know about guns?” Fred D. Thompson, who was about 30 yards away — just past the “Confederate Cutlery” collection of knives, fingering an M-1 rifle at the Land of Sky Gun Show here Saturday — was more his kind of candidate. Mr....
  • Romney, Thompson Lead South Carolina; Thompson Almost Ties Clinton

    11/24/2007 11:14:52 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies · 172+ views
    Life News ^ | November 23, 2007 | Steven Ertelt
    Fred Thompson's campaign got some good news in the polls this week as a new survey shows him tied with Mitt Romney in the early primary battleground of South Carolina. A new survey released Friday also shows him almost in a tie with pro-abortion New York Sen. Hillary Clinton nationally. The Rasmussen poll, conducted on Tuesday, finds both Thompson and Romney at 21 percent in the southern state among likely primary voters. The bad news for Thompson is the poll shows a decline of four percent and Romney increasing his percentage, but it shows his campaign continuing its strategy of...
  • Republicans and Race (Krugman's crappy confabulation!)

    11/19/2007 8:22:06 PM PST · by neverdem · 37 replies · 194+ views
    NY Times | November 19, 2007 | PAUL KRUGMAN
    Over the past few weeks there have been a number of commentaries about Ronald Reagan’s legacy, specifically about whether he exploited the white backlash against the civil rights movement. The controversy unfortunately obscures the larger point, which should be undeniable: the central role of this backlash in the rise of the modern conservative movement. The centrality of race — and, in particular, of the switch of Southern whites from overwhelming support of Democrats to overwhelming support of Republicans — is obvious from voting data. For example, everyone knows that white men have turned away from the Democrats over God, guns,...
  • Thompson Expands S.C. Team

    11/14/2007 1:56:17 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies · 806+ views
    Campaigns and Elections ^ | November 14, 2007 | Jeff Sadosky
    McLean, VA - On the heels of strong grassroots showings in Myrtle Beach, Columbia, Ft. Mill, Spartanburg and Greenville, Fred Thompson is officially announcing his statewide Campaign Chair, several regional leaders and 27 county chairs and co-chairs in 19 counties across the state. Congressman Gresham Barrett (SC-03) has been named Statewide Campaign Chair and will help lead Thompson's effort in South Carolina along with Thompson's Steering Committee, chaired by Major General James E. Livingston, USMC (Retired), and Regional Chairs. "Senator Thompson is a consistent conservative leader with a solid record in supporting life, fighting illegal immigration and defending the Second...
  • Allen and McDonnell Endorse Thompson

    11/13/2007 10:41:28 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies · 183+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | November 13, 2007 | Tim Craig
    Former senator George F. Allen (R-Va.) and Attorney General Robert F. McDonnell (R), potential rivals in the 2009 governor's race, joined this morning to reiterate their support for Fred Thompson's bid for the GOP presidential nomination. At an event in Richmond, Allen and McDonnell praised Thompson's conservative credentials and said he is the Republican's best hope for unifying the party. "It is very easy for me to advocate for Fred because we think so much alike," said Allen, who cited Thompson's views on abortion, taxes, national security, illegal immigration and trade. McDonnell noted that Thompson won the endorsement yesterday of...
  • "Right to Life Says Fred Thompson Can Win"

    11/13/2007 7:42:10 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies · 418+ views
    WKRN-TV ^ | November 13, 2007 | Libby Quaid
    Fred Thompson is the Republican most likely to beat abortion-rights supporter Rudy Giuliani, the National Right to Life Committee said Tuesday, announcing its endorsement of the former Tennessee senator for president. "While there are various polls, and some are up-and-down, the overwhelming consensus has been that he is best-positioned to top pro-abortion candidate Rudy Giuliani for the Republican nomination," the group's executive director, David N. O'Steen, said at a news conference. ...By emphasizing Thompson's political potential _ he ranks second behind former New York Mayor Giuliani in national Republican polls _ the anti-abortion group played down its own differences with...
  • Thompson's scarlet 'L' (for "Lazy")

    11/12/2007 2:58:25 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies · 139+ views
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | November 12, 2007 | Michael Finnegan
    FORT MILLS, S.C -- Campaigning in New Hampshire and South Carolina, Republican presidential hopeful Fred Thompson raised his voice and shook his fists as he described his vision of an America true to conservative values. The display of vigor last week was timely: Two months into his bid for the nomination, the former Tennessee senator is fighting to shake the image of a laid-back -- even lazy -- candidate who lacks the fervor of his rivals. Thompson not only has adopted a forceful speaking style, he has taken a more aggressive approach toward other Republican candidates. The push to put...
  • Thompson schedules campaign stop in Myrtle Beach

    11/11/2007 10:27:20 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies · 306+ views
    WBTW-TV13 ^ | November 11, 2007 | Staff
    Republican Presidential candidate Fred Thompson will make his first visit to the Grand Strand on Tuesday. The former Tennessee senator will meet and greet voters at the NASCAR Cafe at 1808 21st Avenue North in Myrtle Beach. The event starts at 4:15 p.m. Prior to his visit to Myrtle Beach, Thompson is scheduled to address students, faculty and staff at the Citadel. Thompson will speak at McAlister Field House.
  • Thompson says he's 'champion of ideals'

    11/11/2007 10:07:17 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 68 replies · 245+ views
    The Altoona Herald ^ | November 11, 2007 | Mason Kerns
    Burlington, Ia. — Republican Fred Thompson told potential supporters on Sunday that he’s running for president as a champion of ideals held by all Americans: a strong national defense, adherence to the rule of law and a market economy. “And immigration laws that actually work,” Thompson said at the outset. “That’s not just a Republican idea, I don’t think.” Speaking at Big Muddy’s restaurant in Burlington, the former Tennessee senator said he would be able to secure the votes of independents in a general election. Thompson criticized what he called Democrats’ insistence on infusing government into everything. “Would you trust...
  • The Thompson Insurgency

    11/10/2007 9:58:59 AM PST · by Brices Crossroads · 136 replies · 205+ views
    11/10/2007 | Vanity
    In September, I posted another vanity (linked below) in which I observed that the historical trends in this election favored Fred Thompson. Since then, his RCP average has dropped from about 22% to 16-17%. In the more volatile Rasmussen daily tracking poll, he has also dropped to 16%, about a 10 point drop from his post announcement high. In light of the above poll numbers, is it time for me to issue a mea culpa? No. This is not at all inconsistent with the hypothesis of my previous post. Neither of the successful insurgent candidates in modern times, Reagan or...
  • Be A Star! Submit Your Fred08 Videos

    11/09/2007 4:11:58 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies · 441+ views
    Fred08 ^ | November 9, 2007 | Sean Hackbarth
    Here's your chance to make a cameo appearance in Fred's Presidential campaign. Make a video telling us why you support Fred Thompson for President and upload it using the form below. We'll share these videos with all of our supporters on Fred08.com, and allow you, and them, to pick the best one. Here's your chance to be a star. Submit your video now. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Sure, Fred Thompson is an accomplished lawyer, prosecuting criminals in Tennessee before serving as counsel on the Watergate hearings. And yes, he served the people of Tennessee as a common sense, conservative Senator for eight years....
  • Thompson's life has Gump feel: As opportunities knock, GOP hopeful right there

    11/09/2007 9:18:28 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies · 123+ views
    The Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette ^ | November 9, 2007 | Nancy Benac
    WASHINGTON – It is the kind of story you could write a book about: A 35-year-old single mother of three is fired from her state job after refusing to go along with a scheme to pardon criminals who bribe aides to the governor. The plot cries out for a good lawyer to save the day. All the better if he has charm and a commanding presence. Enter Fred Thompson, a 6-foot-5 cigar-chomping Southern gentleman. He saves the day; the woman is vindicated. And best of all, for a man with a presidential campaign in his future, it is a true...
  • History and Calumny (Reagan's 1980 campaign speech in Philadelphia, Miss.)

    11/09/2007 8:48:34 AM PST · by neverdem · 10 replies · 290+ views
    NY Times ^ | November 9, 2007 | DAVID BROOKS
    Today, I’m going to write about a slur. It’s a distortion that’s been around for a while, but has spread like a weed over the past few months. It was concocted for partisan reasons: to flatter the... --snip-- The truth is more complicated. --snip-- Reagan’s speech at the fair was short and cheerful, and can be heard at: www.onlinemadison.com/ftp/reagan/reaganneshoba.mp3. He told several jokes, and remarked: “I know speaking to this crowd, I’m speaking to a crowd that’s 90 percent Democrat.” He spoke mostly about inflation and the economy, but in the middle of a section on schools, he said this:...
  • Herring tribute featuring GOP's Fred Thompson (Mississippi Republicans-Nov. 19th)

    11/09/2007 4:15:43 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies · 510+ views
    The Madison County Journal ^ | November 8, 2007 | Andrew Ujifusa
    Presidential candidate Fred Thompson will be a special guest at a tribute dinner for state Republican Party Chairman Jim Herring on Nov. 19 at the Jackson Hilton on County Line Road. Thompson will join Herring and other state GOP leaders at the event beginning with a 5:30 p.m. reception. The dinner is being hosted by the Mississippi Republican Elected Officials Association. When he considers the position of the Republican Party in Mississippi, Herring thinks the hard work in the past is paying huge dividends in the present. "The most satisfying part of it is seeing your organization grow and prosper,...
  • No GOP, Democratic hopeful safe from former senator's drawl

    11/07/2007 9:13:57 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies · 106+ views
    The Rock Hill Herald ^ | November 7, 2007 | Matt Garfield
    FORT MILL -- Fred Thompson brought his made-for-TV personality to York County for the first time on Tuesday, delivering a talk that mixed his trademark Southern drawl with sharp words for others in the Republican presidential field. Thompson needed less than 15 seconds to dispatch with the obligatory assault on Democrats as strong on welfare programs and weak on national security. But he spent the rest of an hourlong visit to Beef 'O' Brady's restaurant pointing out differences with rivals in his own party. The strongest critique was saved for former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who leads in the polls...
  • For a politician, he sure seems like one of us (Fred Thompson)

    11/07/2007 9:00:47 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies · 159+ views
    The Rock Hill Herald ^ | November 7, 2007 | Andrew Dys
    FORT MILL -- A campaign event in a bar, in the middle of the afternoon on a Tuesday -- Fred Thompson seemed like my kind of guy. And after he spoke at Beef 'O' Brady's in Fort Mill -- which is technically a restaurant, but any place with eight beers on tap and ashtrays on the bar is a bar -- many of about 150 people who packed the place said Fred Thompson is their kind of guy, too. Especially guys like Ed Egan. From between Rock Hill and York, 63 years old, Marine Corps helicopter pilot in Vietnam. Egan...
  • Thompson Announces Tennessee Leadership Team

    11/07/2007 8:23:44 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies · 426+ views
    Earned Media ^ | November 7, 2007 | Jeff Sadosky
    MCLEAN, Va., Nov. 7 /Standard Newswire/ -- Senator Fred Thompson announced his extensive Tennessee political leadership team today. Senator Howard Baker will serve as the honorary chairman of the Tennessee delegation, joined by 13 honorary co-chairs and 61 honorary state chairs, reflecting the depth of support for Senator Thompson in Tennessee. This leadership team includes two former United States Senate majority leaders, current and former members of Congress, former governors, and every Republican member of the Tennessee state legislature. "I am grateful for the wide support I'm receiving from my home state of Tennessee," said Senator Fred Thompson. "This group...
  • Thompson Campaign May Be Shifting Gears: Candidate Has Picked Up Pace Of Appearances

    11/07/2007 7:51:31 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 54 replies · 137+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | November 7, 2007 | Michael D. Shear
    Fred D. Thompson appears to be stepping it up, at least to a slow trot. After a series of leisurely weeks, Thompson's campaign announced yesterday that it plans to air its first television commercial since the former senator from Tennessee launched his White House bid just after Labor Day. In the ad, which will run in Iowa this week, Thompson introduces himself to voters as a "consistent conservative" who as a Republican U.S. senator "fought for tax cuts, and for conservative judges." He adds: "And I'm proud to have had a 100 percent pro-life voting record." Thompson plans to campaign...
  • GOP Focus Group Is Down on Bush (But like Fred Thompson)

    11/06/2007 12:58:21 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 58 replies · 137+ views
    U.S. News & World Report ^ | November 5, 2007 | Kenneth T. Walsh
    RICHMOND, Va.—There's no shortage of polls underscoring America's sour mood these days. Surveys generally show that 7 in 10 Americans say the country is headed in the wrong direction and that most Americans believe their leaders in Washington are doing a poor job. U.S. News led the way in explaining this trend with a recent special report on why Americans think Washington is broken and what can be done about it. If anything, the warning signs are getting gloomier. A new focus group of Republican voters from the Richmond area, conducted last Thursday evening, was a case in point. All...
  • Thompson keeps it simple (Plus spontaneous endorsement from Nevada State Senator)

    11/02/2007 9:35:48 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 135 replies · 181+ views
    The Las Vegas Sun ^ | November 02, 2007 | J. Patrick Coolican
    When word began circulating in Republican circles last spring that former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson was considering a run for the presidency, the reaction ranged from relief the party had finally found a suitable standard - bearer to squeals of delight about the actor/politician and his resemblance to former President Ronald Reagan. It was arguably the high mark of the campaign thus far. Thompson seemed to squander the summer as he considered his run and raised fewer campaign dollars than hoped. Once he hit the campaign trail, he was forced to acknowledge ignorance about some local issues when stumping across...