July 25th, 2007
01:45 PM ET
4 years ago

Protester removed from Fred Thompson event

A protester questioned Thompson’s conservatism Wednesday.

HOUSTON, Texas (CNN) – A woman screaming “you’re not a real conservative, sir” was removed by police from a welcoming reception for likely GOP presidential candidate Fred Thompson Wednesday morning. A second protester was also taken from the room.

Houston police officers escorted the woman — as well as a man — from the hangar at Hobby Airport, where Thompson was shaking hands with a crowd of supporters. They were not arrested.

The woman questioned Thompson as he talked to reporters. She asked him why he was a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and noted that the organization supported the North American Union with Canada and Mexico.

After the woman interrupted Thompson by questioning his conservative credentials, the likely candidate said, “Don’t fuss at me. You asked me a question. Let me answer it.” He told the woman, “I try to learn as much as I can from all viewpoints.”

Later, she shouted at Thompson as the news conference ended. Police officers took her outside a fenced area near the hangar, and stood with her until the former Tennessee senator departed.

Editor’s Note: In the comments section below (#4), the woman has identified herself as a member of the group “Houston 9/11 Truth.” In a video of the incident linked on her blog, she is also heard charging the attack in New York on 9/11 was a “inside job.”

- CNN Political Desk Manager Steve Brusk

Filed under: Fred Thompson
soundoff (330 Responses)
  1. Steve Coobenstein, Cherry Hill, NJ

    The protestor is a member of yet another far left wacko 9-11 conspiracy group. These are the same rabid animals that fed Rosie O'Donnell ultimately causing her professional implosion. You see, I was at that Fred Thompson reception and heartily thank the police for their quick action but my mom got scared and said "you're moving with your auntie and uncle in Bel-air" I whistled for a cab and when it came near the license plate said fresh and it had dice in the mirror. If anything I could say that this cab was rare but I thought naw forget it yo home to Bel-Air!

    July 26, 2007 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  2. Los Angeles, CA

    Very recently, a woman reported on the radio that when she tried to ask Hillary Clinton a question she was removed at Clinton's request and taken outside the event in handcuffs!!! Will anyone get this scary woman to answer a question? A woman for President, fine, but not this woman. No way.

    July 26, 2007 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  3. Steve B

    She sounds like a Ron Paul supporter – totally out of control and divorced from reality.

    July 26, 2007 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  4. Rhymes With Right, Houston, Texas

    Folks - if you want the perspective of the person who was standing right next to her (that would be ME), go and take a look. You might find a few salient facts in the post that make a difference in determining whether she was unjustifiably manhandled or legitimately removed as a trespasser (hint: it is the latter).


    July 26, 2007 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  5. Jim Columbus, OH

    If Fred doesnt run or keeps up his indecisiveness, I'm going to vote for NEWT! Sure, he cheated on his wife – so did Bill. He may have even been hypocritical, but so are all politicians. At least Newt stands on principal and supports America and Americans first. He doesnt cower to the media and like him or not, he's a very smart man. He's not going after the money, he wants to effect real change and that's what this country needs. GO NEWT.. GO!

    July 26, 2007 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  6. Jason, Seattle WA

    "Ron Paul is one of the outstanding leaders fighting for a stronger national defense. As a former Air Force officer, he knows well the needs of our armed forces, and he always puts them first. We need to keep him fighting for our country."

    Ronald Regan

    Ron Paul was one of Ronald Regan's first supporters by the way. People who consider themselves conservatives and republicans and yet still bash Ron Paul need to do some more reading and self reflection.

    July 26, 2007 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  7. Anthony Wile (FMNN)

    This is just another example of how blatantly obvious the power elite have become as they parade 'their' candidates in front of those whom they've spent so many years dumbing down. How ironic it is that those who scripted the game are witnessing a rapid erosion of 'their' impact on the power of individual thought – thanks to the 'net.

    Ron Paul is the ONLY legitimate anti-thesis to the power elite's thesis/anti-thesis charade. And, once again, thanks to the net for allowing a true and open discussion to devlop which is igniting the spirit of real patriotism. And this is clearly a trend that has the establishment bankers worried.

    July 26, 2007 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  8. Nick, Mesa, AZ

    Hello, I am an American that is sick & tired of the citizens of this great Country that keep their heads in the sand. My mothers side of the family fought in the revolutionary war & the other half migreated PROPERLY from Russia because they were cast out for not wanting to fight in the civil war. Now it makes me absolutly sick that some of you people just want to turn a blind eye to whats going on. Go back to bed America – You are free to do what we tell you, go back to sleep. We will save you from your free thinking self. Now if I oppose the war & send money to an organization that wants the war to end & is having success doing so King George can sieze my property and throw me in jail. Go back to sleep sheeple, go back to sleep.

    July 26, 2007 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  9. Patrick

    Regardless of the validity of issues raised, shriekboxes like this woman should not be rewarded with press coverage.

    July 26, 2007 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  10. Jake, BA, OK

    Have any of you people taken the time to look up the American Enterprise Institute that Fred Thompson admitted to being a member of?


    They are NOT a "conservative think tank" like Fred said!

    AEI has emerged as one of the leading architects of the second Bush administration's public policy.[2] More than twenty AEI alumni and current visiting scholars and fellows have served either in a Bush administration policy post or on one of the government's many panels and commissions.[3] Former United States Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz is a visiting scholar, and Lynne Cheney, wife of Vice President Dick Cheney and former chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities, is a senior fellow

    July 26, 2007 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  11. Nick Mesa, AZ

    Thank you for your comment. Comments are "moderated" by CNN – Govt media complex and will not appear on this blog until they have been reviewed and deemed "appropriate" by the Govt Media Complex for posting. Also, due to the volume of comments we receive, not all comments will be posted. I.e. the ones who will make a point and expose the fact that there is a Govt Media complex.

    July 26, 2007 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  12. Brett Elzi

    “A conservative is supposedly in favor of capitalism, and there is nothing more “capitalist” than free markets. It is in fact a “liberal” concept to close markets, tax foreign goods and subsidize domestic goods (like agriculture). If you are a true fiscal conservative, you should be in favor of free markets and global trade agreements. A conservative’s ideological opposite, Karl Marx (a communist for those who don’t remember), was opposed to free markets and capitalism. Please be conscious about what you are saying when you throw around words and concepts.”

    Depends on how you define liberal. Classical liberals are all for open markets.
    Posted By Anonymous : July 25, 2007 4:08 pm


    July 26, 2007 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  13. Ryan, Henderson, NV

    All you whining liberals. Just shows what kind of viewership CNN really has. You were exposed a long time ago.

    July 26, 2007 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  14. Steph, Fort Ann NY

    She didn't want an answer. Her mommy and daddy didn't pay enough attention to her so she has to resort to being disruptive. Way to go Fred!!
    I'm sure she would have preferred to throw a pie in his face.

    July 26, 2007 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  15. Geoff, Marin Co., CA

    The only "real" or traditional (Goldwater/Reagan) conservative considering a run in '08 is talk radio giant Dr. Michael Savage.


    July 26, 2007 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  16. Mary, Beaver, PA

    David, Gilbert, Arizona "Does this mean Bush is not a true conservative?"

    Darn right he isn't.

    July 26, 2007 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  17. C.V., Houston, Texas

    Ray Pence,


    Or maybe it's because she is power hungry and will stop at nothing to become president or get her way when she is president. It won't matter who she has to take down in the process.

    People who know things about her have been taken out of the world population count... and evidence against her has turned up missing time and again.

    She won't release her information from her time as first lady, even though the freedom of information act says she must.

    Throughtout this campaign she has been caught lying, she has attacked the other candidates for NO reason, on things not even related to the issues, and has made some statements which are a complete contradiction of statements she made just a few short years ago.

    When are people going to stop making excuses for the Clintons and see them for who they really are?

    July 26, 2007 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  18. Leon, Nitro WV


    You gotta be kidding me!

    Why would anybody want to be known as a conservative? Or a republican?

    Conservatives were honorable people. These fascists are in no way asociated with honor.

    Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, and Dwight Eisenhowere wouldn't be allowed in the front door of the Republican party now. Adolph Hitler, Timothy McVeigh, Mark Foley, Tom DeLay, Jesse Helms, whuffo Strom Thurmond and their ideological soulmate, Osama Bin Laden, would be their standard bearers if you asked one of their so=called "activists.

    Conservative? How about hypocrite?

    July 26, 2007 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  19. Sammy Orlando, FL

    I am not surprised to see all you liberals posting on cnn's blog. Still Bush bashing. Can't you think of anything else to do besides Bush bashing? What is the vision from your candidates? What is there plan to keep America safe IF one of them wins the White House in 2008? There isn't one. To me, the greatest thing about the 2008 election is the Democrats are going to have to run on something other than bashing Bush. They are going to have to answer to the American people why they have controlled the Congress for 7 months and haven't done a darn thing. Not one piece of significant legislation has been passed since they have taken control. Also, you can hate Bush all you want but the bottom line is we have not been attacked in almost 6 years. That's a fact.

    Anyway as far as the kook lady, I mean come on, are you really going to lend any credibility to someone that believes 9/11 was an inside job? Even if the question was valid.

    As Americans we need to stop being divided and rally around our troops and be happy that we live in the best country in the world. Hopefully we can all agree on that.


    July 26, 2007 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  20. Mary, Beaver, PA

    amused spectator: Don't assume that all conservatives voted for Bush. I smelled his stink in my nostrils right from the start. Neo-cons are NOT conservatives, regardless of how they like to package themselves.

    July 26, 2007 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  21. Peter, Des Moines IA

    CNN censored the video. They didn't even show the question she asked which was not answered by the way. She was treated with great disrespect and for only asking a question.

    This guy is going to run, it's a total game. People are lemmings for the mainstream media.

    July 26, 2007 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  22. Drea, Texas (yeah thats right and I Love it)

    Crazy woman! I HATE the people who say that 9/11 was an inside job. It just shows how stupid you all are. I like Fred but Fred is a politician ...sorry to burst your little bubble you nut bag but they ALL lie and do whats best for them. I would advise the lady to grow up and take her pills. PS – I hate liberal socialist.....go to Canada if you think it's really that much better.....if I had to guess you are going to stay right where you are...IN AMERICA!

    July 26, 2007 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  23. musingsofabittergirl

    I cannot get this video to play. I saw her video on a website and she was not pulled out until long after she asked the question and was standing quietly after that. She started yelling at him as they dragged her out I would guess because she was mad that his people were touching her and pulling her and forcing her to leave. I don't think she was there to yell at him – it looked like she was there to confront him about some of the groups he belongs to and his flip flops on political issues. And he did give a totally lame answer to her question – completely avoided it. I am not sure why the campaign had her dragged out as she was not abusive or interruptive until they started grabbing her. I wanted to see if your video reflected the same thing but I get some type of webpage error when I try to play it.

    July 26, 2007 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  24. Tex

    This kooky woman is a lib through and through. Check out her website videos...Bush/Cheney evil, Halliburton runs the world, etc.

    She whines about 1st Amendment right being trampled on. You have a right to speak but NOT heard. You were disrupted and coerced to leave private property after nobody there wanted to HEAR you. Your rights are preserved...so STFU!!

    July 26, 2007 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  25. Robert, Washington DC

    I think there are no more conservatives. Perhaps Newt...

    July 26, 2007 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
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