How Thompson Plays At Home

By: Gordon Boyd
By: Gordon Boyd

Knoxville (WVLT) -- First, we heard "Independence Day."

Now, scuttlebutt is, that former senator Fred Thompson won't make his run for President official until after labor day.

That of course is if he does indeed decide to run.

But how is his wait, playing here in his home State?

"I'm thinking about running for President," said Fred Thompson during a television appearance.

3 1/2 months later, the former U.S. Senator is still thinking, and he is still shrinking from setting a date to make his run official.

But Morristown's Mary Lifford's figures he's being coy

"So he won't peak so soon," said the Hamblen County voter, "and of course, the longer you campaign, the more money you're going to spend."

"This has been the oddest Presidential election that I can remember in several years," said state Rep. John Litz.

Odd in that you don't have to be in, to win, at least not yet.

The latest polls put Thompson at tie for first with former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani.

Mitt Romney and John McCain can't manage even half that.

Lately, though, Guiliani has polled better among folks who know him least, folks outside of New York

Would the same hold true, of Thompson, back in Rocky Top?

"I think it would be great to have someone from Tennessee, but I don't know enough about him as a candidate to say much else," said Britney Smith, another Hamblen County voter.

"I believe in the sanctity of human life, "Thompson said during a speech.

But for the past couple of weeks, some have come to question his commitments.

Those questions became more visible after it was revealed that billing records showed Thompson lobbied for an abortion rights group 16 years ago.

He first said he didn't recall, but then backtracked from saying that once the records came out.

"It's a classic case of flip-flopping right there," Litz said.

Litz, a democratic State Representative says Thompson will have to answer for a lot more.

There's the actor factor.

"If you want to compare him with Reagan, I'd say go for it, go for it," Lifford's said.

"It all depends on what kind of candidate he is," Smith said.

From Homeland Security to Iraq and health care to welfare, Thompson holds some cards close that he will eventually have to show if he does get in the race.

Mary Lifford says she would just as soon he had done it yesterday:

"I think he's terrific!," Lifford said. "I hope he's a President from Tennessee real soon!"

Speculations say Thompson will most likely wait on an announcement till after labor day.

The reason is because he is on a list of candidates set for a Fox News debate between Republican hopefuls on September 5th.

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  • by James on Jul 30, 2007 at 12:33 PM
    Why not, we pretty much have that now anyway.
  • by Carol Location: Maryville on Jul 26, 2007 at 12:57 PM
    If Fred doesn't run, we will end up wiht Hillary as President. Do we really want an Liar,thief and criminal as our President?
  • by sue Location: knoxville on Jul 25, 2007 at 01:43 PM
    Fred, fits the mold for the conservative movement. I am afraid that when all the "skeletons" come out of his closet, he will make Bill Clinton look like a saint. Talk about a sexual prowler, I think old Fred will fall fast after he make the big announcement. But then again, these same people put re-elected Mr. Bush to four more years of war! Time will tell!
  • by James Location: Knoxville on Jul 24, 2007 at 02:16 PM
    Proud of America? Oh, I forgot (or maybe you did) Iran-Contra, HUD bid rigging, lobbying scandal, the S&L crisis. All things to be proud of? You need to quit listening to the FOX News brian washers and realize Reagan, Bush, Fred, etc. are not "Gods" just because they are with the GOP.
  • by Don Jones Location: Nashville on Jul 22, 2007 at 08:49 PM
    Fred knows exactly what he is doing and he is doing it well. We think it is a September announcement at filing time. There is only one other horse in the race on the Rep side and that is Rudy. Fred will win over Rudy and be our next Pres. Don Jones
  • by Susan Location: Michigan on Jul 22, 2007 at 03:03 PM
    I don't believe he is another Reagan, but I believe when he speaks I want to once again believe in this wonderful country we live in. Who cares how old his wife is?? I don't. Too bad he has a beautiful wife and children and looks very happy. I am sure I would much rather have them in the White House than Hillary and that dog of a husband she has!! I am a woman and can't wait to vote for Fred Thompson.
  • by Joys2Cents Location: Los Angeles, CA on Jul 22, 2007 at 12:12 PM
    I'm a female, Pro-Choice, Republican. There's a lot more of us than you may think. Thus, the Fred's stance abortion debacle is a non-issue for me. I can wait for him, but must admit I'd be happier to see some substance before I totally jump on the red truck. -Potential FreddyCat.
  • by Alan Location: Knoxville on Jul 22, 2007 at 02:04 AM
    I think that Fred Thompson will be president 18 months from now. That Hillary Clinton woman is so crooked she walks funny, and do we really want her horn-dog husband anywhere near the oval office again? Mr. Thompson reminds me a lot of President Reagan, and that's a good thing, in my book! Remember how proud we was of America back then?


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