Fred Thompson to announce this afternoon

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  1. Vir Quisque Vir

    Vir Quisque Vir New Member

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    Fred Thompson to Announce He's Running
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    August 30, 2007 2:22 PM

    ABC News' Christine Byun reports: After a summer of "testing the waters," former Sen. Fred Thompson, R-Tenn., is expected to announce his intention to run for president Thursday afternoon in a paper statement, his office confirmed to ABC News.

    A statement to the media will be released around 4:30p EST, shortly after Political Director Randy Enwright holds a conference call with supporters.
     
  2. slabertooch

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    About time!

    I do think that he did the right thing by waiting, let everyone get so tired of the early hopefuls that a fresh face late on could really garner a lot of support.

    I predict alot of movement from some of the "front runners" to his campaign.
     

  3. M249

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    It's 1702. I haven't seen an announcement.
     
  4. Vir Quisque Vir

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    My understanding was that there was something Fred Thompson had to do on on September 5th (actually NOT announce for reporting reasons, just timing), so the 6th as shown below is the likely announcement date that he is formally a candidate for nomination and election as President. That is the announcement date given to ABC News and many other media. It looks like the campaign finally set a formal announcement date and unlike the one of July 4th, should be it. So the interpretation of this news is that he would commit to a formal announcement this afternoon. Then, most of the wire services, including foreign picked it up immediately. Note added: The September 5-6 was the filing date for the FEC. He has to file officially that he is no longer testing the waters. Looks like he swims pretty well!

    See:

    http://www.boston.com/news/politics/pol ... ays_h.html

    http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2007/08/ ... ompson.php

    http://www.newsroomamerica.com/politics ... ?id=390149

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/s ... 98,00.html
     
  5. M249

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    Yeah, I just read that. Well, good for him.

    Paul/Thompson '08

    Hey, a guy can dream, right?
     
  6. pyromaster

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    From an email from imwithfred.com:


    An Important Announcement
    I'm With Fred - Weekly Update <http>



    Dear Friends,
    On September 6, 2007, Fred Thompson will be announcing his intention to run for President of the United States with a webcast available to millions at www.imwithfred.com <http> . The launch of the video will be followed by a five-day campaign tour through Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina. On the evening of the 6th, there will also be a <http> National House Party, during which there will be a conference call with Fred.
    We enter this campaign in a strong position. Fred is consistently near the top in the polls, and conservatives across the country have put together the closest thing to a draft in recent presidential campaign history in an effort to bring about this day. The next few weeks will only serve to build upon those efforts, with house parties, visits to the early primary states, and a homecoming in Lawrenceburg, TN on the 15th. To view the dates and locations of Fred's bus tour, please <http> click here, and check back soon for more information on attending one of these events.
    By announcing via webcast, Fred is able to take his consistently mainstream conservative message directly to the voters, who are already responding to that message with a strong upwelling of grassroots support. The webcast and the following campaign tour will play to Fred’s strengths, a consistent record of conservatism, his ability to clearly spread his message, and his ability to work with and connect with Americans from all walks of life. Be apart of this historic occasion by <http> signing up to host or attend a house party today.
    Sincerely,
    Bill Lacy
    Manager, Friends of Fred Thompson, Inc.
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  7. gsusnake

    gsusnake Token Liberal Hippie

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    More like Thompson/Paul, in all likelihood.

    As much as we'd love to elect Dr. Paul I don't think he's really electable... we'll see, though. I fully intend to cast my ballot early and as often as possible for Dr. Paul.
     
  8. ptsmith24

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    If everyone keeps having that "Dr. Paul isn't electable attitude"...of course he isn't electable...
     
  9. Rammstein

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    ***NEWS ALERT***

    Fred Thompson thinks about possibly thinking about maybe possibly in the next four years running for president!

    OMG!!!! send out press releases and alert the masses!

    ________________________________________________________________________________________________

    Fred is starting to piss me off. Either run for president or don't; but don't play coy the whole time.

    Fred, time to grow a pair.
     
  10. pro2am

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    Have a bad night Ramm?


    :lol:
     
  11. Rammstein

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    No...I had a good night.

    I was drinking and having a good time....until I remembered I still had PT in the morning (I don't have Friday classes so on Thursday afternoon my brain goes into weekend mode)

    Before I went to bed I had to slam a bunch of water. dehydration + running = :?
     
  12. pyromaster

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  13. Malum Prohibitum

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    Leno.

    That's a rather inauspicious start.
     
  14. viper32cm

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    Perhaps, but it did work for Arnold.
     
  15. Rammstein

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  16. VolGrad

    VolGrad Tactical Statistician

    Say what you want about Fred, but I think it was a pretty good move to skip the debate. Why fight it out on the stage with 8 other guys for a few seconds each. Some of the questions they asked were stupid and didn't allow them to really say anything much. Like Fred said on Leno - just 30 second sound bites. There is still plenty of time to debate once the schmucks get weeded out. Once the herd is thinned out some, Fred will debate them. I feel bad for the guy who got asked what he thought about Larry Craig. Here is this guy few nationally have heard of finally getting to speak and he gets asked about some guy caught trying to get his diddle on in the airport toilet. At least Fred got to talk about what he wanted to talk about, didn't get cut off, and was much more relaxed.
     
  17. Thorsen

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    Although I know he was talking about Fred, I think he made a poor choice by using abortion as an example.

    The problem with applying state by state decision making to the abortion debate is that the poor in society arguably would face a substantial penalty to exercise the freedom to travel to a pro-choice state to have an abortion done. Analagous to how poll taxes were a bar to those who could not pay.

    Personally, I detest abortion. I consider it murder. If I could wave a magic wand and make abortion disappear forever, I would. But that ain't gonna happen.

    That being said, I see us with only a few choices:

    (1) Status quo - Roe v. Wade stands and abortion remains a protected right (although I always thought it was strange that Roe v. Wade established a liberty that was based on an implied liberty (privacy) that was drawn somehow from the fourth amendment)

    (2) Make it illegal nationally - Roe v. Wade is overturned (ain't gonna happen) and once again abortions are illegal in the U.S.

    (3) Make it a state issue - Roe v. Wade overturned (see above) and individual states decide the issue leading to a patchwork of laws across the nation. Wealthier people are only inconvenienced if they live in a pro-life state. Poor people are either kept from being able to participate due to costs, or are substantially impacted financially.

    You pick your poison. Personally, I think allowing the states to decide would be unfair to the poor. And I doubt that Roe v. Wade will ever be overturned, so that leaves us with simply picking at the edges of the issue (think late term abortions).