Fred Thompson, newest Presidential wannabe?

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    Fred Thompson, newest Presidential wannabe?

    http://thehill.com/leading-the-news/...007-03-08.html

    Another Hollywood star steps forward for GOP
    By Alexander Bolton
    March 09, 2007
    Former Senate Majority Leader Howard Baker (R-Tenn.) is contacting powerbrokers in the Republican Party to build support for a 2008 presidential campaign by his one-time protégé, former Sen. Fred Thompson (R-Tenn.).

    Baker, who Wednesday made a visit to the Senate, was asked by several Republicans about his involvement on Thompson’s behalf.

    “He said, ‘I am making a few calls and I think it’s a great idea,’” said one Senate Republican who heard Baker discuss his efforts to advance Thompson’s prospects.

    One Republican who discussed a possible bid with Thompson described his interest and Baker’s queries as “a friendly exploration.”

    Baker is a close friend and mentor to Thompson. Thompson broke into national politics in a big way in 1973 when Baker named him chief Republican counsel on the Senate Watergate Committee. Thompson’s work helped to uncover the scandal that forced the resignation of President Nixon. Republicans believe Baker is coordinating efforts with Thompson, and view Baker’s emerging role as a sign that Thompson is taking steps toward launching a campaign.

    Thompson has told allies in recent days that he is exploring seriously a bid for president in 2008 in response to what he has described as strong encouragement from Republicans dissatisfied with the current slate of candidates.
    Thompson said one reason he is hesitant about running is his longtime friendship with Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.). Thompson was one of only four Republican senators to endorse McCain’s 2000 presidential campaign and was an important ally in McCain’s effort to pass campaign-finance reform in 2002.

    Neither Thompson nor Baker could be reached for comment yesterday because both were traveling by plane.

    Thompson, who retired from the Senate in 2002 to resume his acting career, has boosted his political profile lately. He is leading an effort to raise money for Lewis “Scooter” Libby’s legal defense fund and has called on President Bush to pardon Libby, who was convicted this week of making false statements and obstructing justice.

    Thompson, who once chaired the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee, is now best known to Americans for his role as District Attorney Arthur Branch on NBC’s “Law & Order” and his role in “The Hunt for Red October.” But he has remained active politically. Last year he appeared in ads supporting Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), who won a tough race against former Rep. Harold Ford (D-Tenn.). With Thompson’s help, Libby’s legal defense fund has raised close to $4 million. Thompson has said he will soon hold another fundraiser for Libby.

    Rumors about Thompson running for president have filtered into Republican circles during the last several weeks. One lobbyist who recently asked Thompson about his plans said that Thompson merely smiled and replied, “I’m keeping my powder dry.”

    Talk on the viability of a Thompson campaign became more voluble at last week’s Conservative Political Action Conference, an annual Republican gathering marked by the strong conservatism of its attendees. Conservatives have questioned the ideology of each of the three Republican frontrunners: McCain, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani.

    Supporters have begun comparing Thompson to President Reagan, a likeness bolstered by the latter’s acting career. Republican officials in Tennessee already have begun talking up Thompson.

    “I think Fred Thompson is by far the one American who could bring this country together,” Tennessee GOP Chairman Bob Davis told the Chattanooga Times Free Press last week. “There are some good folks running right now, but naturally if a conservative Tennessean like Fred Thompson chose to run, I believe there would be a flood of support from across the country.”

    One senior Republican strategist dismissed talk that McCain, Romney and Giuliani have too great a head start in fundraising and organization for Thompson to catch up. The strategist said Thompson has an opening since many Republicans have concerns about the other three hopefuls. Giuliani has raised concern among conservative Republicans because of positions in favor of abortion rights, gun control and gay rights.

    Giuliani’s lead in the Republican primary is growing, although the Iowa caucuses are still 10 months away. A new NBC/Wall Street Journal national poll showed Giuliani leading McCain by 14 points, widening a five-point lead he held in December.

    The same survey showed Romney garnering 8 percent support.

    One Republican summarized some of his fellow party members’ concerns about the frontrunners:

    “They’ve all got pretty significant issues,” he said. “For McCain, it’s age and temperament, for Romney, it’s flip-flopping, Mormonism, and inexperience. Then for Giuliani you got the talk of the all the personal baggage.”

    Giuliani’s popular support has already driven a lot of interest among Republicans inside the Beltway, including influential players close to Bush. About 160 GOP lobbyists and business community representatives attended two meet-and-greet sessions with the former mayor recently. And former Bush Solicitor General Theodore Olson has signed onto his campaign, as have Bush pioneer fundraisers Bill Paxon, of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, and Peter Terpeluk, of American Continental Group.
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    So, to make this 2A related, anybody know Fred's 2A thoughts? He seems to be a pretty no BS guy.
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    I would get onto that "favorite-son" bandwagon in a heartbeat.

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    hunter, thompson, and tancredo are the three i'm watchin rather than the mainstream three out there right now. i really hope giuliani, mccain and romney self-destruct and/or implode over the course of the next 4-6 months.

    only time will tell ...

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    So, to make this 2A related, anybody know Fred's 2A thoughts? He seems to be a pretty no BS guy.
    You would have to research his voting record in the Senate (the NRA probably maintains this data). I don't remember ever hearing his name mentioned as being in favor of gun control.

    I don't think Fred Thompson's role in NBC's extremely anti-gun Law & Order is an accurate reflection of his real-life opinions on gun control.

    I think he's a stand-up guy on the 2A. I'd vote for him.


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    You would have to research his voting record in the Senate (the NRA probably maintains this data). I don't remember ever hearing his name mentioned as being in favor of gun control.
    Quick-scan of his positions at the web site OnTheIssues.org.

    The Senate.gov web site also maintains a history of the voting records, so you can dig there, as well. Generally speaking, he has voted in favor of gun rights, pro-defense, against intrusions into these rights (including checks at gun shows and mandatory locks).

    C-Span maintains a good search tool, as well, where you can look up a given senator's voting record over the past dozen congressional sessions.
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    He gets my vote!!! I like this guy!!!
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    No, I'm afraid Fred has crapped out on us. He chooses to wait until this summer to see how the water is.

    Folks, what the heck ever happened to 'stepping up to the plate' when your fellow countrymen asked you to run for office??!!

    I was really disgusted with Condi Rice copping out when all of us wanted her to run against Hitlery and she said 'no'.
    And now, this guy craps out. Seriously, I thought that being a patriot and stepping up to the plate far exceeded SELF.

    Guess I was wrong......


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    I like Fred Thompson quite a bit. I hope he gets in and is the stand up guy I think he is.
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    So, to make this 2A related, anybody know Fred's 2A thoughts? He seems to be a pretty no BS guy.
    I like the guy. I met him at a gun show in Nashville when he was first running for Senate and the vibe I got for him was that he was a no-bs guy. If he runs, he gets my vote.
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    Got my vote too.

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    Miggy, if you met this guy at a Gun Show and he's pressin' flesh there, I think we know he's got the gun owner's vote. haha That's one ******* place to campaign from! :)
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    Quote Originally Posted by grapeknutz View Post
    Based on his voting record, He's in line to get my vote.

    I do like him as an actor, or I guess I like the rolls he has played, but that doesn't mean I would vote for him. From what I saw of his voting record, he seems to play the parts that match his way of thinking.

    A major difference with Fred, is he was a politician before becoming an actor, not the other way around, that's rare. sounds like he picked up a hobby that also puts him on the silver screen. I can't hold that against him.
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    I like the guy.

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    He gets my vote!! Steve48

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