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March 11, 2007

Transript of Fox Interview with Senator Fred Thompson:”The Door is Open”

Conservatives may have their man.

Appearing on Fox News Sunday in an interview with Chris Wallace, Former Fred Thompson (R-TN) said that the door was open to him considering a run for the GOP Presidential Nomination.  Thompson stated that the accelerated nomination process will preclude candidates from waiting until October.  Thompson denied suspicions that he would announce by May, but said that he could “go into the summer”. 

Mr. Wallace then buzzed Sen. Thompson with a flurry of issues questions, to which the former senator rattled off replies.

Here are some of the results with the fomer Senator’s answers following.

Abortion: Pro Life

Roe v Wade: I think Roe vs. Wade was bad law and bad medical science. And the way to address that is through good judges.

Gay Rights: Gay rights? I think that we ought to be a tolerant nation. I think we ought to be tolerant people. But we shouldn’t set up special categories for anybody.

And I’m for the rights of everybody, including gays, but not any special rights

Gay Marriage: You know, marriage is between a man and a woman, and I don’t believe judges ought to come along and change that.

Civil Unions:

People are going to have different ideas. That’s why we have states. We ought to give great leeway to states and not have the federal government and not have the Supreme Court of the United States making social policy that’s contrary to the traditions of this country and changing that overnight. And that’s what’s happened in a lot of these areas.

Gun Control: Well, I’m against gun control generally. You know, you check my record. You’ll find I’m pretty consistent on that issue.

Campaign Finance Reform: I came from the outside to Congress. And it always seemed strange to me. We’ve got a situation where people could give politicians huge sums of money, which is the soft money situation at that time, and then come before those same politicians and ask them to pass legislation for them.

I mean, you get thrown in jail for stuff like that in the real world. And so I always thought that there was some reasonable limitation that ought to be put on that, and you know, looking back on history, Barry Goldwater in his heyday felt the same thing.

Illegal Immigration: Border enforcement first, then decide on the 12 to 20 million illegals.

Iraq:  I would do essentially what the president’s doing. I know it’s not popular right now, but I think we have to look down the road and consider the consequences of where we are.




  1. If Senator Thompson chooses to run, it will have a tremendous impact upon the field. His credibilty and name recognition will make him an instant contender. He may also bring the “Ghost of Reagan” back into the contest with his Hollywood background. This is a MAJOR development in the ’08 process.

    Comment by avoiceofreason — March 11, 2007 @ 5:34 pm | Reply

  2. I hope he runs. I like his views on all the issues. He comes across as someone who knows what he thinks and why he thinks it and doesn’t have to do an opinion poll every 30 minutes.

    Comment by Neil — March 11, 2007 @ 8:29 pm | Reply

  3. I think he will run. Typically, when one says they are thinking about it, they do it.

    It will be interesting to say the least. While I still like Rudy, Sen. Thompson could be a formidable candidate in both the primary process and in a national election.

    Comment by avoiceofreason — March 11, 2007 @ 8:56 pm | Reply

  4. Rudy is interesting. He is as far from conservative as they come, yet says none of that matters.

    McCain always seems mad.

    We need a candidate with a strong, positive voice. I like Sen. Thompson.

    Comment by Randy Barnett — March 11, 2007 @ 9:21 pm | Reply

  5. This is a huge Y factor in the GOP Primary. I believe he will run.

    Comment by avoiceofreason — March 11, 2007 @ 10:05 pm | Reply

  6. Sounds like an interesting candidate, I will have to keep my eye on him if and when he decides to run.

    Comment by mpinkeyes — March 12, 2007 @ 2:12 am | Reply

  7. […] mpinkeyes I missed the interview with Fred Thompson on Fox News today, but i read the transcript here. He seems like he could be a more mainstream candidate than the second tier candidates I have been […]

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  8. I’ve always liked Fred Thompson. His role as DA on Law and Order what was otherwise a liberal TV show was done well, meaning I could enjoy his face for at least 4 years, and his down home, straight shooting demeanor is appealing as well.

    He would be the perfect balance for the far left socialists now in charge of congress, which we desperately need.

    Hopefully, when his entire life is fully exposed, I’m hoping he rises above the current crop of pro abortion, pro gun control, adulterers that are now leading the pack.

    Comment by icanplainlysee — March 12, 2007 @ 4:41 pm | Reply

  9. Thompson is a breath of fresh air in a field marred by contradictory candidates.

    Comment by Tom — March 12, 2007 @ 11:05 pm | Reply

  10. […] A Voice of Reason has gone so far as to state that he believes Thompson would be a formidable opponent to any Republican candidate. When one looks at Thompson’s voting record and his stance on the key issues, this would seem to be a fair statement. […]

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