January 4th, 2008
03:33 PM ET
6 years ago

Thompson campaign: South Carolina is 'next target'

Thompson campaign is looking to win big in the South.

Thompson campaign is looking to win big in the South.

(CNN) - Fred Thompson's campaign sent out a fundraising e-mail Friday that seems to gloss over the upcoming New Hampshire primary, and points to South Carolina's January 19 contest as "the next target in our sights."

The e-mail said South Carolina "has always been critical to our plan for victory" and claims that every penny raised "will go to South Carolina media."

Thompson ran a pair of TV ads in the state for several weeks last fall, but the campaign stopped airing them shortly before Christmas.

The former Tennessee senator, who consistently plays up his Southern roots while campaigning in the Palmetto State, has considered South Carolina a must-win since he officially entered the race last summer.

- CNN Political Producer Peter Hamby

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    With all those posters making negative comments,B-net must be closed for repairs today due to all the damage they have done there

    Subject: IOWA Caucus

    Chalk another one up for the media. They have been determining the outcome of elections for the past 60 years.Their continuous showing of mostly democratic contenders convinced their viewers that those were the only candidates running.A segment showing a man on the street with photos of the contenders revealed that the general public couldn't identify any of the republican candidates.Then, as usual,they predicted the winner of the republican caucus with only 15% of the precincts reporting.They never considered or reported that Fred Thompson trounced Romney in 10 counties and tied him in 2, with virtually no pre caucus coverage acknowleging that Fred08 was even a contender.That shows that only Iowans in those 12 counties were intelligent enough to listen to what Fred had to say and realize that Fred was the only candidate that all our enemies in the world,including domestic enemies, would never take for granted.They know that he means what he says and his presence says that they better not mess with him or the United States. Isn't this the kind of man you want for president? That is the kind of MAN I want and if the media reported on the candidates fairly and didn't make biased early predictions to influance the voters choices we would all have a better chance of getting the RIGHT man instead of the one the media determines to be the most popular and newsworthy.

    To the positive posters:

    Re: What We Want in a President

    I agree with your viewpoint and choice of candidate.The reported polls however show that either the polls are rigged or the people in Iowa pay too much attention to the polls reported by the prejudiced news media. They have left the democratic voters with a choice of an inexperienced governor,a governor who doesn't uphold the law on immigration and raises taxes, and a former first lady /senator who doesn't represent her constituants and is unable to influance the conduct of her own husband due to her lack of ability to communicate with them. How can any of these candidates be expected to perform the duties of the president of the United States?
    The polls for Republicans show the voters of Iowa to be in favor of supporting two EX governors who were voted out of office for raising taxes and leaving the state in a mess and also failing to enforce the immigration laws.We are all aware of the results of the last president from Hope Arkansas, can we really afford to elect another governor from Arkansas? Then look at the building of the most expensive tunnel in the history of the United States to expedite traffic from the interstate highway to Logan Airport in Massachusetts. Was this for the benefit of citizens or for the benefit of others rushing to the airport to avoid Boston traffic so they wouldn't miss their flight to New Yorks' twin towers?
    The candidates who are better qualified such as Fred Thompson, John McCain,Joe Biden, and Chris Dodd have been completely ignored and pushed aside by the media who have tried to and succeeded in influancing the elections for the past 60 ywars.How long will it take for the elactorate to wake up to this practice by the media and completely ignore everything they report concerning elections?
    I'd really like to know.

    January 5, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  2. From The North

    It takes a man with character & the desire to put the country's best interests in front of all else. Thompson is such a man.

    And I bet you voted for Bush too.

    Talk is cheap. Bush has again proven that old and great theory.
    The movie depiction of Law and Order is just made for TV. Our world needs the real deal. Fred Thompson and Martin were just pretending to be lawyers and presidents in case you didn't know.

    January 5, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |

    I think fred should emphasize that Social security and Medicare are GOVERNMENT RUN –INSURANCE - programs that have not worked and now that they have been drained by the democrats they need a new CASH COW they call a Universal HEALTH CARE government run INSURANCE PROGRAM. It hasn't worked in Europe or Canada and it won't work here.It will be just another INSURANCE PROGRAM that they can borrow from.

    January 5, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |

    I've never seen one episode of Law and Order in which Fred Thompson appeared or the movies he appeared in. I checked his Biography and his past congressional record as well as the Bio's and records of the other candidates both Democrat and Republican to arrive at the conclusion that Fred Thompson was the best CHOICE for President of the United States. I don't believe in popularity contests for such a responsible position. Highschool was a long time ago and the results often proved to be the wrong choice and didn't affect the rest of the country.
    The only time I voted for the wrong person was when I voted for Carter.Then I was young and working for peanuts. He promised to make things better for everyone too like Clinton did.He didn't and ran up the biggest debt the country had ever had at that time.

    January 5, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  5. Judy

    Federalism, Federalism, federalism...he knows our Constitution! For you nay sayers – remember that slick and fast is not a way to run this country. Fred knows his stuff. Try reading his rating by Numbers USA on Immigration. Club for Growth on economy and the Wall Street Journal on social Scurity and the economy. I want Fred at the negotiating table representing me at the end of the day!

    January 5, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  6. kate

    For those who can actually read and discuss the issues, Fred Thompson is the only choice. Sadly, many get their opinions from and are being manipulated by the liberal media. Do your homework using facts, looking at candidate records, and written policy on the issues...the answer will be obvious. Go Fred!

    January 7, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  7. DJ

    I am amazed how many people are bashing Fred and wanting him to drop out, yet he has more delegates already then McCain, Guiliani, Paul, and Hunter combined! If he would kowtow to the media like the rest are doing he would quite possibly than he is doing now, but when the media builds someone up, they will soon take them down. Just watch what happens to Huck

    January 7, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  8. Marie in Minnesota

    Go, Senator Thompson!!! You have many supporters all over the country and I and my family and friends are cheering you on.

    Your demeanor and debates have been spot on, and your ideas and stand on the issues represent MANY conservatives. Don't listen to the naysayers, just keep going and bringing your message to the Americans...we are listening! You are making a big difference in the direction this campaign and the country are going and we applaud you.

    We will be working for you and praying for your continued success. America would be very blessed to have you as its President.

    January 7, 2008 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  9. Ralph

    As a Christian I believe that people will see through the Mike Huckabee for what he really is...A wolf in sheep's clothing. Mike Huckabee is the most liberal candidate running neck and neck in liberalism with John McKain. I think it is disgusting how Mike Huckabee is in favor of open borders and John McKain was in favor of the Amnesty bill. I don't like the fact that Mike taxed his state of Arkansas $500 million dollars. I really don't like the fact that Mike Huckabee pardoned 1,000 prisoners of which some were murderers. McKain also took away Americans' rights through the a bill called the McKain-Feingold bill which is proven to go against the constitution. Mike Huckabee gave free scholarships and in-state tuition to illegal immigrants and refuses to provide in-state tuition and scholarships for our Armed Forces men and women. Mike Huckabee wants to close Guantanamo and bring those terrorist to the United States for trial. What if they break out of prison? John McKain paired up with Ted Kennedy to adopt a bill. The National Education Association (NEA) one of the most liberal unions in the USA has endorsed Mike Huckabee because Mike is against vouchers and school choice for those parents that want to send their kids to a private school rather than the failed government run public schools. John McKain and Mike Huckabee are the worst candidates for America.

    January 11, 2008 02:28 am at 2:28 am |
  10. Mike

    Thompson is going to win South Carolina. Thompson is the only candidate with an I.Q. above 160. Thompson is the only candidate that can save America and protect our borders. With Thompson at the helm, the terrorist will think twice about bombing the United States again. Wow! Just think, it was 2001 that we were brutally attacked by the Islamic extremists of Saudi Arabia and Obama Bin Ladin. And, we have not been attacked since 2001. Watch out if a Democrat gets elected because that is exactly what the Islamic extremist want. If a Democrat wins the White House hold onto your wallet because we are going to be taxed to death. In addition, if a Democrat gets elected to the White House just watch for the signs of the end of the world because God will destroy the earth. Thompson is a blessing and I hope you people can see the light otherwise the road to hell is very broad.

    January 11, 2008 02:38 am at 2:38 am |
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