September 10th, 2007
10:00 AM ET
11 years ago

Thompson introduced to South Carolina crowd

GREENVILLE, South Carolina (CNN) - Former Sen. Fred Thompson was just introduced to the crowd here by Rep. Gresham Barrett, who represents the 3rd District of South Carolina.

The campaign then played an upbeat, slickly produced video called "The Hunt for Red November," a reference to one of the senator's film roles. It played up the presidential hopefuls biography as a Tennessee native, federal prosecutor and Washington outsider, with references to Ronald Reagan and Barry Goldwater.

Thompson then came on stage to loud applause and country music.

"I'm glad to be in South Carolina. I feel closer to home, not only geographically, but in all the other ways," Thompson said.

- CNN South Carolina Producer Peter Hamby

Filed under: Fred Thompson • South Carolina
soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. Chris, Arlington VA

    Fred... No experience in the Military except for "playing" a role in "Hunt for Red October". Give me a break!

    We need someone that has honor, courage, and commitment. Vote for John McCain.

    September 10, 2007 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  2. ralph, Spartanburg, SC

    Close down all state and local governments....Ronald Reagan, I meant Fred Thompson is coming in South Carolina!

    September 10, 2007 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  3. Brian, Greenville, SC

    Finally! We have a Presidential Candidate to be proud of. A true conservative, a true Republican.

    I'm a Fred Head. Thompson '08.

    September 10, 2007 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  4. Mrs. Smith, Seattle, WA

    This is the saddest candidate yet. Everyone knows that watching the show he is on constitutes scraping the bottom of the barrel, and one would do better reading a good book.

    So why is the republican party scraping the bottom of the barrel with this guy? Sad stuff.

    September 10, 2007 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  5. Eli, New Orleans

    Why has nobody called Thompson out on his tremendous gaffe the other day.

    He said this after being asked if it was wise to invade Iraq without dismantling al-Qaeda:

    "It's not an either/or situation; sometimes you don't have a choice. Saddam Hussein was on the cusp as having defeated the United Nations and the free world and the United States. He had certainly had weapons of mass destruction and had the capability of reviving his nuclear program. In light of what Iran is doing today with their nuclear program, he certainly would have gotten back on the stick and gotten there again..."

    What does this even mean? Isn't this statement even more bizarre and wrongheaded than saying bin Laden is a symbolic leader?

    Where is the outrage on this comment? Why have none of the major campaign blogs here at the CNN or the NYTimes told this story? Especially after the original quote was found right here on the political ticker!

    When other candidates say something that doesn't make any sense or flatly contradicts with reported facts, news organizations should report the discrepancies.

    September 10, 2007 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  6. Danny Boy TN

    Looks like Fred isnt getting any love from the crowd here on CNN. But I thought He's just a GOOD OL' BOY from Tennessee??? lol. You need all the help you can get Freddie. Seems like people keep leaving you for greener pastures. Best of luck to you, but I put my bet on Ron Paul as the next TRUE CONSERVATIVE PRESIDENT. NOt Neo Con. You may be from Tennessee, but lobbyist dont make trustworthy presidents the last time I checked. RON PAUL 08'!!!!

    September 10, 2007 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    Yee Haw, another ignorant red neck wanna be. Thanks Fred but I think America has had it's fill of your kind. Go back to being a mediocre actor.

    September 11, 2007 10:44 am at 10:44 am |