Fred Thompson Decides to Run

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Seems like Thompson is going to run. What do you think? I need to hear his illegal immigration viewpoint. That is what finished McCain for me. I guess if Thompson plays it right, he can win the nomination. No one seems that thrilled with the current crop of contenders.

Complete article: http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070531/pl_nm/usa_politics_thompson_dc_2&printer=1

Actor Thompson quits show, eyes presidential run
By Richard Cowan

Hollywood actor Fred Thompson has tentatively decided to run for president, according to a long-time friend and political adviser, and has quit his role on the TV crime series "Law & Order."

"His (Thompson's) mind is made up to run if interest continues to be as intense as it is," Tom Ingram said in a telephone interview on Wednesday.

Thompson, who won election twice as a Republican senator from Tennessee, will now begin raising money to gauge support, added Ingram, who now serves as chief of staff to Sen. Lamar Alexander, also a Tennessee Republican.
 

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He has officially quit his gig on Law and Order.

Fred Thompson on Abortion

Voted YES on maintaining ban on Military Base Abortions. (Jun 2000)
Voted YES on banning partial birth abortions. (Oct 1999)
Voted YES on banning human cloning. (Feb 1998)


Fred Thompson on Budget & Economy

Voted YES on prioritizing national debt reduction below tax cuts. (Apr 2000)
Voted NO on 1998 GOP budget. (May 1997)
Voted YES on Balanced-budget constitutional amendment. (Mar 1997)


Fred Thompson on Civil Rights

Voted NO on adding sexual orientation to definition of hate crimes. (Jun 2002)
Voted NO on loosening restrictions on cell phone wiretapping. (Oct 2001)
Voted NO on expanding hate crimes to include sexual orientation. (Jun 2000)
Voted NO on setting aside 10% of highway funds for minorities & women. (Mar 1998)
Voted NO on ending special funding for minority & women-owned business. (Oct 1997)
Voted YES on prohibiting same-sex marriage. (Sep 1996)
Voted NO on prohibiting job discrimination by sexual orientation. (Sep 1996)
Voted YES on Amendment to prohibit flag burning. (Dec 1995)
Voted NO on banning affirmative action hiring with federal funds. (Jul 1995)


Fred Thompson on Corporations

Voted YES on restricting rules on personal bankruptcy. (Jul 2001)


Fred Thompson on Crime

Voted NO on $1.15 billion per year to continue the COPS program. (May 1999)
Voted YES on limiting death penalty appeals. (Apr 1996)
Voted YES on limiting product liability punitive damage awards. (Mar 1996)
Voted YES on restricting class-action lawsuits. (Dec 1995)
Voted YES on repealing federal speed limits. (Jun 1995)


Fred Thompson on Drugs

Voted YES on increasing penalties for drug offenses. (Nov 1999)
Voted YES on spending international development funds on drug control. (Jul 1996)


Fred Thompson on Education

Voted NO on funding smaller classes instead of private tutors. (May 2001)
Voted NO on funding student testing instead of private tutors. (May 2001)
Voted NO on spending $448B of tax cut on education & debt reduction. (Apr 2001)
Voted YES on Educational Savings Accounts. (Mar 2000)
Voted YES on allowing more flexibility in federal school rules. (Mar 1999)
Voted YES on education savings accounts. (Jun 1998)
Voted YES on school vouchers in DC. (Sep 1997)
Voted YES on $75M for abstinence education. (Jul 1996)


Fred Thompson on Energy & Oil

Voted YES on drilling ANWR on national security grounds. (Apr 2002)
Voted YES on terminating CAFE standards within 15 months. (Mar 2002)
Voted YES on preserving budget for ANWR oil drilling. (Apr 2000)
Voted NO on ending discussion of CAFE fuel efficiency standards. (Sep 1999)
Voted YES on defunding renewable and solar energy. (Jun 1999)
Voted YES on approving a nuclear waste repository. (Apr 1997)


Fred Thompson on Environment

Voted YES on confirming Gale Norton as Secretary of Interior. (Jan 2001)
Voted YES on more funding for forest roads and fish habitat. (Sep 1999)
Voted YES on transportation demo projects. (Mar 1998)
Voted YES on reducing funds for road-building in National Forests. (Sep 1997)


Fred Thompson on Families & Children

Voted YES on killing restrictions on violent videos to minors. (May 1999)


Fred Thompson on Foreign Policy

Voted YES on enlarging NATO to include Eastern Europe. (May 2002)
Voted NO on killing a bill for trade sanctions if China sells weapons. (Sep 2000)
Voted YES on cap foreign aid at only $12.7 billion. (Oct 1999)
Voted YES on limiting the President's power to impose economic sanctions. (Jul 1998)
Voted NO on limiting NATO expansion to only Poland, Hungary & Czech. (Apr 1998)
Voted NO on $17.9 billion to IMF. (Mar 1998)
Voted YES on Strengthening of the trade embargo against Cuba. (Mar 1996)


Fred Thompson on Free Trade

Voted YES on extending free trade to Andean nations. (May 2002)
Voted YES on granting normal trade relations status to Vietnam. (Oct 2001)
Voted NO on removing common goods from national security export rules. (Sep 2001)
Voted YES on permanent normal trade relations with China. (Sep 2000)
Voted YES on expanding trade to the third world. (May 2000)
Voted YES on renewing 'fast track' presidential trade authority. (Nov 1997)
Voted YES on imposing trade sanctions on Japan for closed market. (May 1995)


Fred Thompson on Government Reform

Voted YES on banning "soft money" contributions and restricting issue ads. (Mar 2002)
Voted YES on require photo ID (not just signature) for voter registration. (Feb 2002)
Voted YES on banning campaign donations from unions & corporations. (Apr 2001)
Voted YES on funding for National Endowment for the Arts. (Aug 1999)
Voted YES on favoring 1997 McCain-Feingold overhaul of campaign finance. (Oct 1997)
Voted YES on Approving the presidential line-item veto. (Mar 1996)
Voted NO on banning more types of Congressional gifts. (Jul 1995)


Fred Thompson on Gun Control

Voted NO on background checks at gun shows. (May 1999)
Voted NO on more penalties for gun & drug violations. (May 1999)
Voted YES on loosening license & background checks at gun shows. (May 1999)
Voted YES on maintaining current law: guns sold without trigger locks. (Jul 1998)


Fred Thompson on Health Care

Voted NO on allowing reimportation of Rx drugs from Canada. (Jul 2002)
Voted NO on allowing patients to sue HMOs & collect punitive damages. (Jun 2001)
Voted YES on funding GOP version of Medicare prescription drug benefit. (Apr 2001)
Voted NO on including prescription drugs under Medicare. (Jun 2000)
Voted YES on limiting self-employment health deduction. (Jul 1999)
Voted NO on increasing tobacco restrictions. (Jun 1998)
Voted YES on Medicare means-testing. (Jun 1997)
Voted NO on medical savings acounts. (Apr 1996)


Fred Thompson on Homeland Security

Voted NO on adopting the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty. (Oct 1999)
Voted YES on allowing another round of military base closures. (May 1999)
Voted YES on cutting nuclear weapons below START levels. (May 1999)
Voted YES on deploying National Missile Defense ASAP. (Mar 1999)
Voted YES on military pay raise of 4.8%. (Feb 1999)
Voted NO on prohibiting same-sex basic training. (Jun 1998)
Voted YES on favoring 36 vetoed military projects. (Oct 1997)
Voted NO on banning chemical weapons. (Apr 1997)
Voted YES on considering deploying NMD, and amending ABM Treaty. (Jun 1996)
Voted YES on 1996 Defense Appropriations. (Sep 1995)


Fred Thompson on Immigration

Voted YES on allowing more foreign workers into the US for farm work. (Jul 1998)
Voted YES on visas for skilled workers. (May 1998)
Voted YES on limit welfare for immigrants. (Jun 1997)


Fred Thompson on Jobs

Voted YES on repealing Clinton's ergonomic rules on repetitive stress. (Mar 2001)
Voted YES on killing an increase in the minimum wage. (Nov 1999)
Voted YES on allowing workers to choose between overtime & comp-time. (May 1997)
Voted YES on replacing farm price supports. (Feb 1996)


Fred Thompson on Principles & Values

Religious affiliation: Protestant. (Nov 2000)


Fred Thompson on Social Security

Voted YES on Social Security Lockbox & limiting national debt. (Apr 1999)
Voted YES on allowing Roth IRAs for retirees. (May 1998)
Voted YES on allowing personal retirement accounts. (Apr 1998)
Voted YES on deducting Social Security payments on income taxes. (May 1996)


Fred Thompson on Tax Reform

Voted NO on reducing marriage penalty instead of cutting top tax rates. (May 2001)
Voted NO on increasing tax deductions for college tuition. (May 2001)
Voted YES on eliminating the 'marriage penalty'. (Jul 2000)
Voted YES on across-the-board spending cut. (Oct 1999)
Voted YES on requiring super-majority for raising taxes. (Apr 1998)


Fred Thompson on Technology

Voted YES on Internet sales tax moratorium. (Oct 1998)
Voted YES on telecomm deregulation. (Feb 1996)


Fred Thompson on War & Peace

Voted YES on authorizing use of military force against Iraq. (Oct 2002)
Voted YES on allowing all necessary force in Kosovo. (May 1999)
Voted NO on authorizing air strikes in Kosovo. (Mar 1999)
Voted YES on ending the Bosnian arms embargo. (Jul 1995)
Condemns anti-Muslim bigotry in name of anti-terrorism. (Oct 2001)
Move the US Embassy to Jerusalem. (Nov 1995)


Fred Thompson on Welfare & Poverty

Voted YES on welfare block grants. (Aug 1996)
Voted NO on eliminating block grants for food stamps. (Jul 1996)
Voted YES on allowing state welfare waivers. (Jul 1996)
Voted YES on welfare overhaul. (Sep 1995)
 

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Fred Thompson dumped his wife and kids when they became inconvenient, dated a string of Hollywood hotties and married a hottie who is younger than his daughter and makes "Playboy" center-folds look flat chested. And this is the paragon of virtue and family values the religious right is embracing as the heir to the Reagan legacy. The GOP is in bigger trouble than anyone thought.
 

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Fred Thompson dumped his wife and kids when they became inconvenient, dated a string of Hollywood hotties and married a hottie who is younger than his daughter and makes "Playboy" center-folds look flat chested. And this is the paragon of virtue and family values the religious right is embracing as the heir to the Reagan legacy. The GOP is in bigger trouble than anyone thought.
Lest we forget, Reagan, too, was divorced.
 

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Republicans dont hold divorce against a candidate unless they are not republicans
 

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Sure now how many of the Dems have been divorced?

None to my knowledge.

Look what they do to Hilary who managed to keep her relation intact after an affair.

They blame her and have nothing to say about people like Rudy who has had a couple of real blowout ugly marriages.

They say nothing
 

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Sure now how many of the Dems have been divorced?

None to my knowledge.

Look what they do to Hilary who managed to keep her relation intact after an affair.

They blame her and have nothing to say about people like Rudy who has had a couple of real blowout ugly marriages.

They say nothing
It's already been clearly explained that marriage stayed intact for political image and nothing more. Bill was going to divorce her in 88 before he decided to run for President. When he decided to run, the idea got squashed.

There's nothing commendable about staying married for political power.

Need a reference? Her own words in her new books.
 

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Fred Thompson dumped his wife and kids when they became inconvenient, dated a string of Hollywood hotties and married a hottie who is younger than his daughter and makes "Playboy" center-folds look flat chested. And this is the paragon of virtue and family values the religious right is embracing as the heir to the Reagan legacy. The GOP is in bigger trouble than anyone thought.
No, it's YOU that's in bigger trouble than YOU thought.:badgrin:
 

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Lest we forget, Reagan, too, was divorced.
Doesn't it strike you as odd that the right has no problem with the "hollywood elite" so long as they're right-wingers? Why isn't anyone telling him to shut up and act? *shrug*

In truth, Fred Thompson was a Nixon white house lawyer; worked for 20 years as a lobbyist. He's an inside the beltway, washington hack. The things people "like" about him are all based on the roles he's played and bear no relationship to who he is.

Pretty sad.
 

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It's already been clearly explained that marriage stayed intact for political image and nothing more. Bill was going to divorce her in 88 before he decided to run for President. When he decided to run, the idea got squashed.

There's nothing commendable about staying married for political power.

Need a reference? Her own words in her new books.
Better than letting your wife know that you were leaving her in a press conference or serving her with divorce papers while she was a post-mastectomy cancer patient still lying in her hospital bed.
 

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Doesn't it strike you as odd that the right has no problem with the "hollywood elite" so long as they're right-wingers? Why isn't anyone telling him to shut up and act? *shrug*

In truth, Fred Thompson was a Nixon white house lawyer; worked for 20 years as a lobbyist. He's an inside the beltway, washington hack. The things people "like" about him are all based on the roles he's played and bear no relationship to who he is.

Pretty sad.
Got you worried does he?

I can't speak for anyone but myself, and I can tell you that I have never watched a single episode of L&O and I can't remember seeing him in a movie since The Hunt For Red October. My opinion of the man was formed when he served in the senate and has everything to do with who he is, not the roles he's played. Given the current pool of candidates, both Republican and Democrat, it is my hope that he does indeed run.
 

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Got you worried does he?

I can't speak for anyone but myself, and I can tell you that I have never watched a single episode of L&O and I can't remember seeing him in a movie since The Hunt For Red October. My opinion of the man was formed when he served in the senate and has everything to do with who he is, not the roles he's played. Given the current pool of candidates, both Republican and Democrat, it is my hope that he does indeed run.
Worried? No more than any other rightwing, corporatist who panders to the religious right, concerns me.

I'm sure you do hope he runs given that not a single person you have out there now has a chance. And the base is cranky because the front-runners are anathema to their agenda. Let's see how they go for a divorced guy who's married to a woman 4 years younger than his daughter. I can't wait to hear Thompson talk about "morality".
 

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Worried? No more than any other rightwing, corporatist who panders to the religious right, concerns me.

I'm sure you do hope he runs given that not a single person you have out there now has a chance. And the base is cranky because the front-runners are anathema to their agenda. Let's see how they go for a divorced guy who's married to a woman 4 years younger than his daughter. I can't wait to hear Thompson talk about "morality".
You have misjudged me. I hold no allegiance to either party, though I do tend to lean to the right I would happily vote for a candidate from any party I feel is qualified for whatever office he or she is running. I have in fact voted for Democrats, Indepedents, Libertarians, and Republicans.

As for Thompson being divorced, he is not Catholic, many Republicans are divorced, and divorce is neither immoral nor illegal. How does the age of his wife make him immoral? For centuries it was common for older men to marry much, much younger women? Does the almost ten year difference in age between my wife and I mean that we are immoral? (BTW, she's the older of the two, just saying. LOL) Truthfully, not being a religious man, I couldn't care less about the type of morality you are talking here. Agnosticism has it's benefits.

As long as the man is happy and not cheating on his wife, it's all good as far as I'm concerned.
 

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Doesn't it strike you as odd that the right has no problem with the "hollywood elite" so long as they're right-wingers? Why isn't anyone telling him to shut up and act? *shrug*
This is a false comparison, and I think you know it. You're so bright, jillian; why do you insist on tainting your assertions with this kind of sneaky intellectual dishonesty?

"Shut up and act" scarcely applies to the courageous (or foolhardy) soul who puts his money where his mouth is, and dives into the meat-grinder that is modern-day public service.
 
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Thompson is the only qualified person fromeither side to be POTUS currently running for the job.
If by "qualified" you mean experienced, then Richardson on the dem side is probably the most qualified. However, in my opinion, he would not be a good choice for President. There are several candidates with more executive experience than Fred Thompson, including Gilmore, Huckabee, Romney, and Tommy Thompson. Some of Fred Thompson's experience is not particularly attractive, such as years spent as a lobbyist, representing General Electric and Westinghouse. He was also a "registered foreign agent," representing overseas business interests. There is nothing wrong with those positions, but it does show that he has represented special interests. He certainly will not be able to represent himself as a Washington outsider. There are no candidates that do not come with liabilities. Perhaps Fred Thompson's best qualification will be his ability to communicate. We will see.
 

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Seems like Thompson is going to run. What do you think? I need to hear his illegal immigration viewpoint. That is what finished McCain for me. I guess if Thompson plays it right, he can win the nomination. No one seems that thrilled with the current crop of contenders.
Anyone who uses a "one-issue" test to determine how they vote are total fucking idiots and I suggest you consider getting your head checked.
 

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