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July 20, 2007 | Michael Finnegan, Times Staff Writer
The emergence of Fred Thompson as a top contender in the Republican presidential race has sparked a clash with rival Mitt Romney over the social conservatives who are crucial to winning the GOP nomination. In his opening salvo, Romney has seized upon Thompson's work as a lobbyist who tried to lift federal restraints on abortion counseling in the early 1990s. Thompson, a former Tennessee senator, describes himself as "pro-life."
July 8, 2007 | Janet Hook, Times Staff Writer
Republican political activists said Saturday that reports that Fred D. Thompson had lobbied to ease a controversial abortion restriction have cast a shadow on his effort to persuade social conservatives -- a key constituency in his emerging bid for the White House -- that he is an unwavering opponent of abortion. Some Republican activists urged caution in evaluating Thompson's record.
July 7, 2007 | Michael Finnegan, Times Staff Writer
Fred D. Thompson, who is campaigning for president as an antiabortion Republican, accepted an assignment from a family-planning group to lobby the first Bush White House to ease a controversial abortion restriction, according to a 1991 document and several people familiar with the matter. A spokesman for the former Tennessee senator denied that Thompson did the lobbying work. But the minutes of a 1991 board meeting of the National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Assn.
June 15, 2007 | JOEL STEIN
TWO ENORMOUS swaths of people are likely to suffer if Fred Thompson decides to run for president: current candidates for the Republican nomination and actors on "Law & Order."
June 12, 2007 | Michael Finnegan, Times Staff Writer
Republicans antsy for a conservative standard-bearer in the presidential race have begun to rally behind Fred Thompson, propelling the former Tennessee senator to within hailing distance of the lead for the party's nomination, a new Los Angeles Times/Bloomberg Poll has found. Former New York Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani holds first place in the survey, with support from 27% of the Republicans and independents who said they plan to vote in the party's 2008 primaries.
June 9, 2007 | Joseph Menn, Times Staff Writer
Possible presidential candidate Fred D. Thompson is lending his voice to radio commercials for a company that says it fights identity thieves and that was co-founded by a man accused of taking money from consumer bank accounts without permission. The one-minute commercials are airing across the country on behalf of Tempe, Ariz.-based LifeLock Inc., which said nearly 200,000 customers pay about $10 a month for services that include placing fraud alerts on their credit files.
June 1, 2007 | Matea Gold
Fred Thompson is retiring his acting career, at least for now. The former Tennessee senator has pulled out of his gig on NBC's "Law & Order" to explore a possible GOP presidential bid, which means that the long-running procedural will be getting a new district attorney this fall. NBC executives said two weeks ago that they were anticipating his departure. But Thompson, who played crusty Dist. Atty. Arthur Branch for five seasons, broke the news officially Wednesday to series creator Dick Wolf.
May 31, 2007 | Janet Hook, Times Staff Writer
Fred D. Thompson, the actor and former Tennessee senator, is about to take a big step toward a formal presidential campaign, a move that will shake up the already unsettled Republican field and throw a wild card into the competition for the GOP's conservative core. Thompson this week asked supporters to begin collecting campaign donations June 4, after he files papers with the Federal Election Commission to establish a political committee to "test the waters" for a White House bid.
May 5, 2007 | Scott Martelle, Times Staff Writer
Actor and former U.S. Sen. Fred Thompson -- whose potential candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination has drawn more attention than some of the declared candidates -- Friday urged a continued military presence in Iraq as a barrier to even further destabilization in the Middle East. "I don't think it's any question that if we leave Iraq before there is some semblance of stability brought about in that nation ...
May 4, 2007 | Matea Gold and Jim Puzzanghera, Times Staff Writers
The crowded field of Republican presidential contenders is not the only group waiting nervously to see if Fred Thompson jumps into the race. For television networks that air programs starring the former Tennessee senator, his 2008 candidacy could cause a host of complications relating to the equal-time rule, which regulates how broadcasters treat political candidates. The fact that Thompson's gig on "Law & Order" places him on one of TV's most ubiquitous series makes the situation even thornier.
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