June 4th, 2007
05:21 PM ET
4 years ago

Bush's nephew a Thompson supporter

George P. Bush has thrown his support behind former Sen. Fred Thompson.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - George P. Bush, one of President Bush's nephews, is throwing his support behind former Sen. Fred Thompson's likely presidential bid, contributing to his nascent campaign and asking others to do so as well, a Thompson adviser tells CNN.

Bush, a real-estate developer in Texas, recently sent out an e-mail to friends and contacts declaring his support for the former "Law and Order" actor.

Thompson filed papers last Friday permitting him to raise money for a presidential bid, though he said over the weekend he has not yet decided to run.

Meanwhile, as CNN reported last week, Mary Matalin, a former aide to Vice President Cheney, has agreed to advise Thompson if he gets in the race.

Many in President Bush's circle are favorable of Thompson because of his work helping shepherd Supreme Court picks through the Senate and because of his vocal support of I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, Vice President Cheney's former chief of staff convicted of four felony charges last march in relation to the outing of CIA operative Valerie Plame Wilson.

– CNN Chief National Correspondent John King


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  1. Tom Richardson, North Salem, In

    Are the democrats already running scared by trying to link Fred Thompson to George Bush? Mr. Thompson is conservative, but left Washington due to what he didn't agree with going on there. But here CNN is trying to link the two immediately!

    June 4, 2007 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  2. Joe, Charlottesville, VA

    "Derided [sic]to run." An innocent typo, or...?

    June 4, 2007 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  3. Robert Marro Jr., Manasquan, NJ

    Fred Thompson is the elephant in the room (pardon the pun) in the GOP race. The GOP nomination is his for the taking...his combination of gravitas, Reagan conservatism and genuinely folksy charisma makes him a formidable candidate.

    June 4, 2007 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  4. Louisville

    so what? frankly don't care what this family does anymore

    June 4, 2007 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  5. Adam K. Texas

    If the Bush family supports him then I sure as hell no that he doesn't support the American people.

    I've been looking at Ron Paul today and he has the most conservative voting record out of all of them. He also wants to bring the troops home which is a good thing for a Republican.

    June 4, 2007 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  6. RightyTighty

    Thompson/Bush 2008

    You heard it here first..

    June 4, 2007 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  7. Mark Morris

    Who cares what this son of a Bush thinks?

    June 4, 2007 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  8. Gary Indianapolis, IN

    Just because he's funny and a slightly familiar face from a show that's been on 10-too many years and had a bit part in a Sean Connery movie doesn't move me to vote for someone. Don't be fooled, he's got nothing but puppet strings coming off his shoulders...

    June 4, 2007 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  9. RIco, San Francisco

    The Bushist candidate.

    June 4, 2007 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  10. Not Liberal, Louisville, Kentucky

    Some people just cannot let go of this notion that CNN is as liberal-biased as Fox News is conservative. If you fall in that camp, you're an idiot or an operative. CNN is trying to link the two by reporting on Mary Matalin and George P. Bush's actions? SHAME. They should bury that story beneath 500 about American Idol and the like. Fred Thompson-haters.

    June 5, 2007 01:20 am at 1:20 am |
  11. Maxwell, Edmond, OK

    Why would I care to know if George Bush's little nephew gives a damn about Thompson? This has to be the most ridiculous little article I have come across.

    June 5, 2007 01:52 am at 1:52 am |
  12. Jack Phot

    I'm worried about the growing influence of Hollywood in politics. . . oh, wait. Arnold. Fred Thompson. Hmmm. I thought it was the Democrats who were enamored with Hollywood, but it seems the only candidates who are actors are Republicans!!

    I think Fred Thompson would be a great candidate. His young wife is very hot looking, a definate plus. And he was very good in "Hunt For Red October," "Law and Order", and who could forget the great voice work he did in "Racing Stripes"!!!! Qualities, all, we need in a presidental candidate.

    But, honestly, that Ron Paul–been a fan of his for years, even when he dared call himself a Libertarian. There's that "L" word–he's more conservative that all the other "conservative" candidates out there. . . .funny how extreme conservatism is called "libretarianism," isn't it?

    June 5, 2007 04:18 am at 4:18 am |
  13. Jason Alexander , Gifu Japan

    Why didn't George P sign up for Iraq? And why should we care what he thinks if he didn't?

    June 5, 2007 04:52 am at 4:52 am |
  14. Venny Ven NY, NY

    Truthfully It doesn't matter WHO the republican Candidate is.. if the American People Vote republican again after the last 7-8 years of Policies driven by Conservative politics then this country is far beyond mental repair anyway.
    "5,000 americans dided in 8 shorts years under Republican rule.. Lets Vote for them again!!!!"
    I pray as americans we aren't this stupid..

    June 6, 2007 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  15. Lupe Moreno Santa Ana, CA

    Bush was shoved down Republican throats as been Republican. He is no Republican! Now we have George P. backing Thompson. While I have always respected Fred Thompson, George P's blessing sends bells ringing that the Bushs are not done yet trying to destory America. My and my family's vote will go to Tom Tancredo

    June 24, 2007 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  16. Angie Morfin Vargas Salinas Ca,

    I really don't care who George P, wants I will never vote for a rhino again. President Bush have stolen my children and grandchildrens future and given it to the illegal criminals that what to destroy our country. I will be voting for Tom Tancredo.

    June 24, 2007 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |