August 31, 2007 |
Former Sen. Fred Thompson of Tennessee told supporters Thursday that he would formally enter the race for the Republican presidential nomination next week, with TV and Internet appearances designed to exploit the actor-politician's celebrity. Thompson, 65, has talked since spring about running for president, but has repeatedly put off an announcement as he replaced staffers and raised more than $3 million for the fledgling effort.
August 20, 2007 |
lawrenceburg, tenn. -- Ask folks here about the most talked-about potential Republican candidate for president, and the answer comes quick: "We're ready for Freddie." Truth be told, Lawrenceburg has been ready for months for its favorite son, former Sen. Fred D. Thompson, to announce his candidacy for president.
August 18, 2007 |
Fred Thompson, the all-but-declared presidential hopeful, made his Iowa debut Friday before a ready-made crowd at the state fair, cradling a small pig, marveling at a cow made of butter and ducking any serious talk of issues. The former Tennessee senator, who is expected to formally announce his candidacy for the Republican nomination in a few weeks, scattered hints as if they were candy corn.
August 12, 2007 |
franklin, tenn. -- It's just an old red pickup, with a gouged and rusted hood and an expired U.S. Senate license plate, parked behind his mother's home off a busy highway in this gentrifying town south of Nashville. But for Fred Thompson, the 1990 Chevy was more than a means of transportation. It was a good-luck charm that boosted his first political campaign back in 1994, when his prospects were flagging.
August 1, 2007 |
Edging closer to entering the presidential race, Republican Fred Thompson announced Tuesday that he had raised $3.4 million while he "tested the waters" in June. Although the amount prompted him to crow about his support, skeptics said it fell short of expectations. Thompson, who served eight years in the U.S. Senate from Tennessee, drew on his roots by raising more than 70% of his first month's haul from Southern states, a campaign finance report filed Tuesday showed.
July 25, 2007 |
GOP presidential hopeful Fred Thompson is shaking up his still-unofficial campaign. Acting campaign manager Tom Collamore will still advise Thompson, but his political operation now will be run by former senator and Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham and a Florida GOP strategist, Randy Enright, said Thompson spokeswoman Linda Rozett.
July 20, 2007 |
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 11, 2007 |
As President Bush struggles to maintain support in Congress for his Iraq "surge" strategy, the three leading Republican presidential contenders have been quietly backing away from any commitment to continue the buildup. Rudolph W. Giuliani, Mitt Romney and Fred Thompson have made it clear that their original support for the escalation does not mean they are signed on to keeping the current 160,000 U.S.
July 10, 2007 |
At the pinnacle of Fred D. Thompson's career in the Senate, a conservative activist was so disappointed in him that he put the Tennessee Republican on a "wanted" poster. Trent Lott of Mississippi, the GOP leader of the Senate, was fuming at him. Republican colleagues were steamed when Thompson threw his weight behind a campaign finance bill that conservatives loathed. "Has Fred Thompson Blown It?"
July 8, 2007 |
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.