Saturday, January 26, 2008

Thompson delegates still backing Fred

Thompson out, but some backers not abandoning ship
Chattanooga Times Free Press | Andy Sher

NASHVILLE — Republican Fred Thompson is out of the presidential race, but that isn’t stopping some top Republican officials from continuing to support the former U.S. senator in the Feb. 5 GOP primary.

Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey, R-Blountville, is running as an at-large delegate for Mr. Thompson. Senate Republican Leader Mark Norris, R-Collierville, is running as a Thompson delegate in the 7th Congressional District.

And both are hoping to get to the Republican National Convention this summer as delegates.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Fred Thompson quits the 2008 presidential race

"Today, I have withdrawn my candidacy for president of the United States. I hope that my country and my party have benefited from our having made this effort," Thompson said in a statement.

Monday, January 21, 2008

The Fred Thompson news roundup

Fred Thompson's Loss Ends the Republican Party?
Outside the Beltway | James Joyner

Fred Thompson Loss Ends Republican Party James Joyner | Monday, January 21, 2008

Steve Bainbridge is preparing to sit out the 2008 election rather than vote for anyone but Fred Thompson.

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Thompson Contemplates Dropping Out of the Race
Cleveland Plain Dealer | staff report

Republican Fred Thompson is apparently weighing the future of his bid after a disappointing third-place finish in South Carolina Saturday.

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Despite a disappointing finish, Thompson doesn't bow out
Chicago Tribune | William Douglas

"...As soon as Thompson entered the race, analysts began wondering aloud why he got in, saying that he didn't show the fire in the belly that's necessary to run successfully for president. The image of Thompson as a laid-back slowpoke became fodder for late-night television comedians.

Woodard said that Thompson finally appeared to hit his stride on the stump in the Palmetto State, speaking to overflow crowds in the past week.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Fred Thompson on illegal immigration

Thompson will fight illegals | Marilyn Doremus

Former U.S. Sen. Fred Thompson believes in our country and our laws. Thompson believes illegals are illegal, and should be sent home to apply to come into this country legally. Toleration of sanctuary cities must end. Companies hiring illegals should be heavily fined. And the fence between the United States and Mexico should be built immediately. As Thompson says, this is a matter of national security.

It's Fred's Turn

If I were a South Carolina Republican voter on Saturday, then for parochial, tactical, and philosophical reasons, I would vote for Fred Thompson.

read::: American Spectator

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Fred Thompson comments on government spending

Thompson says spending puts U.S. on course to Soviet-like oblivion
AP | by Mary Ann Chastain

LAURENS - Republican White House hopeful Fred Thompson said Wednesday that the United State's spending on programs like Medicare and welfare puts the country on a course for the same financial oblivion that brought down the Soviet Union during the Cold War.

"We're doing it in a different way," Thompson said during a radio interview in response to a question about President Ronald Reagan's strategy of outspending the Soviet Union and whether the U.S. was now on the same course. "The bottom line could be the same."

Fred Thompson Launches New TV Ad, "Always"

Thompson Launches New South Carolina TV Ad, "Always"


McLean, VA - Senator Fred Thompson today launched a new 30-second television ad, titled "Always," which will begin airing Tuesday statewide in South Carolina.

"Fred Thompson is building momentum heading into the South Carolina primary, and this new TV ad will ensure that voters across the Palmetto state know that Fred is the only consistent conservative in the race," said Campaign Manager Bill Lacy.


Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Fred Thompson say John McCain is wrong about many things

Fred Thompson on Glenn Beck Show
The Glenn Beck Show | Transcriptionist

SENATOR THOMPSON: I think the basis of it is national security, national defense. John was right, I think, with regard to Iraq and he stood tough during tough times and I think he turned out to be right. And I was the same place the whole time and have been. We agree on that. But John is wrong on some other important things and he was wrong when he voted against the Bush tax cuts.

GLENN: But wait a minute. I mean --

SENATOR THOMPSON: He says he's changed his mind about that now and, you know, sobeit. But, you know, I was there during part of that time and I voted the other way. I believed the other way then, I believe the other way now. He's certainly wrong with regard to the immigration bill that they tried to get the American people sign off on last year and they gave a resounding no and now everybody's getting tough on the border. But on taxes and immigration, especially, you know, I think he's wrong. But so is Huckabee as far as that's concerned.

Monday, January 14, 2008

Michael Moriarty Endorses Fred Thompson for President

Actor Michael Moriarty Endorses Fellow Law & Order Star for President

Emmy and Golden Globe winning actor Michael Moriarty recently endorsed fellow Law & Order star Fred Thompson for President of the United States.

Fred Thompson Charging in South Carolina

Fred Charging in SC! Within 3 of Huckabee!!

Rasmussen Reports

Over the past several days, the only real movement in South Carolina’s Republican Presidential Primary has been a four-point gain for Fred Thompson and a five-point decline for Mike Huckabee.

The big winner from that trade-off is John McCain.

The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey shows McCain at 28%, Huckabee at 19%, Mitt Romney at 17%, and Fred Thompson at 16%. Rudy Giuliani and Ron Paul are tied with 5% support. Giuliani is betting his entire campaign on a strong showing in Florida, where he is now tied for the lead with three others....

Fred Thompson's new South Carolina TV ad!

Fred Thompson's new South Carolina TV ad!

see::: YouTube

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Fred Thompson on Late Edition with Wolf Blitzer

Quote of the Day:

"Now you're seeing the real Mike Huckabee come out. So I think we've done a favor to the American people, cuz these are serious times and they require somebody that knows what they are doing and doesn't walk into a situation with foreign representatives and heads of foreign nations with training wheels on."

Saturday, January 12, 2008

NRO: Thompson and Romney should join forces

National Review

The two candidates most acceptable to conservatives, Thompson and Romney, are in not so good shape. The three least acceptable, Huckabee, McCain, and Giuliani, are in relatively good shape. It's entirely possible that the two conservatives will be knocked out early and the eventual nominee will be unacceptable to a large segment of the base.

Fred has chances to win SC; Mitt has chances to win MI. I want both to win and I think there is a way to make it happen.

Two months ago, in a WSJ interview, Mitt opined that the federal government should have a Chief Operating Officer. He himself would be the perfect choice. He "loves data" - he loves working with details.

My crazy idea is that Thompson and Romney join forces now. Thompson would be the President and CEO, Romney would be the COO. Each would play to his strengths. Fred would work on broad principles and policies (many have commented that he has the most complete set of positions on taxes, entitlements, etc.); Mitt would actually run the government on a day-to-day basis. He would tear into the Washington bureaucracy, reorganize it, and fix it - exactly what he wants to do and has done so well before.

read::: National Review Online

Fred Thompson: the case for less government

Thompson makes case for less government
The Charleston Post and Courier | 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 programs. Why else have that rhetoric? I mean, what are you talking about if you’re not leading with the government coming up with the solution? ... The way they interpret compassion is more government. I don’t agree with any of that.”

Fred Thompson: 'What you see is what you get'

Friday, January 11, 2008

NY Times: A Combative Thompson Sways Voters

A Combative Thompson Sways Voters
The New York Times | 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 — all of a sudden it was clear he was the one,” said Mr. Berenberk, a retired teacher. “The bluntness, the forcefulness. He was really impressive.”

read::: The New York Times

Rush Limbaugh: Huck "Absurd," Thompson "Stellar"

Fred Thompson and Federalism

Fred Thompson: Looking Beyond the Surface
Intellectual Conservative | Karen Norling

Fred Thompson understands that a bedrock of American conservatism is the principle of Federalism.

When Fred Thompson served in the senate several years ago (yes, I do remember him serving in the Senate), I got the impression he was flat-out, full-bore conservative. I didn’t see a whole lot of him, throughout the years, but when I did see him — when I heard him comment on various issues — I was favorably impressed.

read::: Intellectual Conservative

Mike Huckabee continues with the juvenile, personal attacks against Fred Thompson

Huckabee: 'Fred Needs Some Metamucil.'

Mike Huckabee, asked about Thompson going after him last night:

JOE SCARBOROUGH: Last night, now tell me what was happening. It certainly looked like Fred Thompson was doing John McCain's bidding. You know Fred, I love him, I served with him up in Congress, but he's been asleep for the last couple months. He woke up last night, and he had a hatchet, and he used it all over your head now. What's going on here?

MIKE HUCKABEE: That he did.


HUCKABEE: Well, I think Fred needs some Metamucil. I think it would help a lot if he gets some. You know, he was in a bad mood last night.

BRZEZINSKI: Did he just say that?

HUCKABEE: But the truth is he's going to have to hope that this writers' guild strike ends soon. He needs some new lines, and he needs to get some good research. Because when he was out there calling me things like a liberal, of all the things I've been called that's a laughable line, that's gotta be one of the great ones.

It was the Fred Thompson vs. Mike Huckabee Clash

Fred Thompson, Huckabee Clash at Debate

Fred Thompson went on the attack against Mike Huckabee at Thursday’s Republican presidential debate, sharply criticizing the candidate he clearly sees as a rival for the evangelical vote in South Carolina.

read::: Newsmax

Human Events Endorses Fred Thompson for President

Fred's Endorsement Announced

From Will Lacey, Chairman of the Fred Thompson Campaign:

Today Fred was endorsed by the highly influential Human Events, the weekly conservative periodical. Human Events has advocated the conservative cause for years.

It has been on the front line of conservative vs. liberal battles and consistently has led the charge.

You may recall that I worked for President Reagan in the White House and I know for a fact that he read every issue.

Here's a key line from their endorsement: "We conclude that Thompson is a solid conservative whose judgment is grounded in our principles."

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Endorsement News for Fred on Friday

Fred Thompson to Receive Major Endorsement Tomorrow
Fox | by Carl Cameron

He won’t spill! Sean Hannity tried to pry it out of him to no avail. Taking calls for almost an hour Fred Thompson and Jeri Thompson were on Sean Hannity’s radio show today. While many of the candidates practiced and prepped for tonight’s debate, Thompson took questions from callers and Sean Hannity and played coy regarding a major endorsement he will receive tomorrow.

He said he thinks he has “a fair chance” here in South Carolina. He went on to say “South Carolina is where I stand.” He said he had a strong conservative consistent record which plays well here. “We have to do well here without any question.” He runs fourth in the South Carolina polls at 9%. Saturday, 19th will be the day of reckoning.

Fred Thompson Explains the Reagan Revolution to Mike Huckabee

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Fred Thompson campaigns across South Carolina

Fred Thompson campaigns across South Carolina
WISTV South Carolina

GREENVILLE, SC (AP) - Republican presidential candidate Fred Thompson is campaigning in South Carolina Tuesday.

The former Tennessee senator doesn't expect to do well in Tuesday's New Hampshire primary and is concentrating on efforts in the Palmetto State.

Thompson opens the effort Tuesday morning in Greenville and will be in Lexington at midday. He heads to Camden Tuesday afternoon and will be in Columbia Tuesday night.

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Jim Robinson, founder of Free Republic has endorsed Fred Thompson

Jim Robinson Endorses Fred Thompson | Sean Hackbarth

Jim Robinson, founder of Free Republic has endorsed Fred. Here’s part of his endorsement:

With Fred, we know we’re getting a solid, no-nonsense, commonsense pro life and liberty conservative who will defend the nation, secure the borders, defend the constitution, appoint originalist judges, defend the Bush tax cuts, work to simplify and flatten the tax code, keep social security solvent while providing alternative private accounts, reduce government and spending, and work to return states issues to the states. Imagine that.

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

New CNN POLL: Romney 31%, Fred Thompson is third

Romney 31, Huckabee 28, Thompson 13 (New CNN Poll)
Townhall | January 1, 2008 | Hugh Hewitt

That's CNN's latest Iowa poll. Details:

The battle for the GOP presidential nomination is also tied at the top. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has the backing of 31 percent of likely Republican caucus-goers, while 28 percent support former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee. Taking into account the survey's sampling error of 5 percentage points in the GOP race, it's a statistical dead heat between Romney and Huckabee.

Former Sen. Fred Thompson of Tennessee places third in the poll at 13 percent with Sen. John McCain of Arizona 3 points back. Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani is at 8 percent, as is Rep. Ron Paul of Texas.