October 23rd, 2007
08:25 AM ET
11 years ago

The state of the GOP race for the White House

Watch John King's report about the race for the 2008 Republican presidential nomination.

(CNN) - After the second Republican debate that included former Sen. Fred Thompson, R-Tennessee, Chief National Correspondent John King takes a look at where things stand between the top contenders for the GOP presidential nomination.

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Filed under: Fred Thompson • John McCain • Mike Huckabee • Mitt Romney • Rudy Giuliani
soundoff (38 Responses)
  1. DefendTheConstitution

    Please realize that the job of our elected officials is not to make big promises and increase the role of government. America was founded on the ideal of independence from big government. Big government has failed us over and over again. Taking us into illegal and unnecessary wars. Given us a global secret police force called the CIA. Stripped away the basic civil liberties provided by the constitution. Given us heavy taxation and a corrupt private central bank that further taxes us with inflation.

    This is basic stuff and the only Republican that understands this is Ron Paul. The best Republican candidate is a no brainer.

    October 23, 2007 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  2. Alex,PA

    My God, McCain stands their looking like a one of those puppets attached to strings. Who in the world would vote for that!

    October 23, 2007 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  3. Mike Edwards; Clearwater, FL

    Fred Thompson gets my vote. He's a no nonsense, tell-it-like-it-is, common sense candidate who cares about this great country and will be tough on terrorism!

    October 23, 2007 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  4. Chris, FL

    That is a brilliant commit Amir! I agree with you.

    I actually think the socialists and commies are the radial ones. I just want the freedom and life they had in 1776. I could care less about globalization and world riches. I just want the peaceful life away from this deranged world we currently live in.

    October 23, 2007 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  5. Robert C Tn

    Well said Amir, you are on the right track. We need more people like you fighting for Ron. He is NOT an idiot. If anybody its Fred. You all heard him talk, right? He's worse then GW. Regardless I digress. Ron Paul has my total support and I hope to see him victorious. He is the only one who makes sense and has the guts to tell it like it is FOR ONCE. He isnt just rhetoric like the others. Peace to you all and yes even the haters aka CFR, ADL, NeoCons, etc etc

    October 23, 2007 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  6. Danny K TN

    Yeah i guess warrantless wiretappings is okay, cameras on street corners is also okay, micro chips in people must be okay too, right? Thompson is a joke. Id pick Ron Paul any day of the week over this idiot anyday. Paul knows how to read the constitution and doesnt use it like toilet paper like GW does. If you want something besides the same old same old aka Thompson then vote Ron Paul. Defender of whatever we have left of the constitution after GW gets done with it. GO RON GO

    October 23, 2007 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  7. Eric, Salt Lake City, Utah

    Nice to see McCain bouncing back, and those numbers against Clinton might persuade some party types. McCain is sharp and will be the right choice for independents if he can get the nomination.

    Huckabee is sharp, too bad about the irrational creationism nonsense.

    I like Paul, he's right about divorcing marriage and gov't and about blowback and diplomacy short of force, but his arguments against the war (any war) go too far, into Quaker territory. Like it or not, diplomacy and promotion of favorable trade requires that options be left in play. Too far on the currency thing as well, but I'd like to see the others actually engage his ideas. A great running mate if the third party thing doesn't happen.

    Romney, Rudy, Fred – blah typical politicians, like most of the Democrat candidates.

    October 23, 2007 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  8. Karen,nj

    Put all their brains together and it wouldn' even fill a thimble!!

    October 23, 2007 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  9. Chris, Manchester, CT

    I am dismayed that Ron Paul was not included in this report.

    October 23, 2007 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  10. Sue Watterson, Greensboro NC

    Just what the hell does wearing a flag pin have to do with anything? It is a sign of psuedo patriotism. No one need wear a piece of jewelry to suggest what is really in their heart. How ridiculous.

    October 24, 2007 03:30 am at 3:30 am |
  11. Ian, Eastham MA

    jasondeezrickner – Perhaps you can tell me why you think Ron Paul is a nut. Everyone who states this is short on details. Last I saw, he was making a lot of sense, unless you love run away government. Do you?

    October 24, 2007 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  12. James, Phoenix AZ

    "This is basic stuff and the only Republican that understands this is Ron Paul. The best Republican candidate is a no brainer."

    Posted By DefendTheConstitution


    First – Ron Paul is a RINO (Republican in name only). In fact he is a Libertarian – not a Republican.

    Secondly – Ron Paul takes a fundamentally decent message (follow the Constitution) and alienates "sensible" voters by his extremist views:

    – Eliminate FBI, CIA, Homeland Security
    – Eliminate most government agencies (IRS, Dept of Education, etc)
    – Legalize Drugs
    – Withdraw all US troops from foreign soil (England, Germany, Japan, Korea, etc)

    Sorry – but any mirror-fogging American realizes Ron Paul's fanatical approach is a recipe for weakening America, making us MORE vulnerable to enemies at home and abroad.

    October 24, 2007 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  13. Adm. RD, DeLand, FL

    "jasondeezrickner – Perhaps you can tell me why you think Ron Paul is a nut. Everyone who states this is short on details. Last I saw, he was making a lot of sense, unless you love run away government. Do you?"

    -Wants to eliminate the FDA and make food and drug companies accountable only to themselves, as was the case in the 19th century.

    -Wants to return to the gold standard, which would have dire effects for the world economy and return us to the days when our currency underwent massive fluctuations of deflation and inflation, much worse than the steady inflation of fiat currency.

    -Wants to withdraw from all international organizations (even purely humanitartian ones like UNICEF), not even because he thinks they're a waste, but because he's a one world government conspiracy nut. I'm on his mailing list, he actually claimed that the UN was actively plotting to steal our guns and create a North American Union.

    -Wants to weaken and marginalize (in the case of many of his supporters, eliminate) public education.

    -Wants to get rid of mandatory vaccinations for smallpox and polio, which would threaten to bring those diseases back to our country, because he's a conspiracy nut who thinks they're full of Zionist tracking devices or something.

    -Voted in favor of continuing to use federal funds to subsidize companies doing business with the perpetrators of genocide in Darfur, against all libertarian principles of nonintervention in the market.

    -Actually claimed that the 1964 Civil Rights Act was extremely harmful for race relations in America.

    This is just off the top of my head. The guy's got a few good ideas about foreign policy and a general spirit of fiscal responsibility, but at the end of the day he is, and will always be, a fringe candidate.

    October 24, 2007 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
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