Fred Thompson Gears Up

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    Since the first reports started surfacing that Fred Thompson might be considering a run for the Presidency, I've been reading just about everything I can about the man. So far I have to say, I like what I see.

    To date, I have not been overly thrilled with the choices either party has offered up to the American public. Neither party, IMO, is giving us anything to be excited about.

    My ideal candidates?

    On the Democrat side, I don't have many issues with Bill Richardson, he has a lot of experience, congressional, executive and foreign policy. Mark Warner has done well with governing Virginia, a majority Republican state. Evan Bayh is a nice centrist candidate I might be able to get with. Any one of these three might be able to swing my vote.

    On the Republican side, Chuck Hagel harkens back to the traditional conservative who wants to reduce the scope of the federal government and give more control to the states and while I don't agree with him on the issue of abortion, I am of the opinion that Roe V. Wade is here to stay. I like Fred Thompson, though he will betaken to task for the work he did on behalf of Scooter Libby. From what I've read he was/is in politics for the right reasons. Another possible I like is Ron Paul. I like what I've read about him so far,though he is more Libertarian than Republican (he ran as the Libertarian presidential candidate in 1988).

    So, to the subject of this thread...

    I was quite pleased to come across this article at The Politco:

    As a registered Republican, one who considers himself a moderate conservative, all I can say is, RUN FRED, RUN! Please.
     
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    I love a good fur ball. Only in the primaries can two people from the same party vilify each other only to kiss, make up, and become best friends after the nominations.

    It's too late for Fred. He hasn't announced. He has little or no money.

    Too bad, I would have liked to see how he did against the mainstream candidates.
     
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    I wouldn't count Fred out just yet. He has polled a solid third behind Giuliani and McCain and McCain seems to be foundering to some degree. Mitt will have a whole set of issues, wrongly in my opinion, with being a Mormon. Thompson's biggest hurdle will be getting the financial backers as most of the big checkbooks have already made commitments to those who have announced. Remember, there are still 19 mothsto go, plenty of time for a groundswell of support to push him to the forefront. At the very least, a Thompson run could put the spotlight on issues that might otherwise be ignored, he could help frame the debates.
     
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    You hit the nail on the head. He can help frame the debates. 19 months is a lifetime to an infant, almost a lifetime to a kid itching to graduate HS, not really long for longevity on the job, and an eyeblink on a political campaign.

    If he declares, he has so much fundraising and deal making to do that I honestly don't think he has a chance.

    I'd like to be wrong since I am not impressed with any candidate now. I like Tommy somebody or others message, but he also has no chance.
     
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    Tommy Thompson, former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services and the 42nd Governor of Wisconsin.
     
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    Yeah that's him. Heard him on a radio talk show. Sounds great on paper, but Like Fred, he simply is too late and short on cash.
     

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