Gingrich lands Fred Thompson endorsement
January 23rd, 2012
10:24 PM ET
3 years ago

Gingrich lands Fred Thompson endorsement

(CNN) - Former Sen. Fred Thompson, the real life lawyer perhaps best known for playing one on television, announced his endorsement of Newt Gingrich Monday evening.

"I have come to the growing realization that Newt Gingrich is the guy who can articulate what America is all about," Thompson said of the former House speaker on Fox News.
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Filed under: Florida • Fred Thompson • Newt Gingrich
June 18th, 2010
10:18 AM ET
4 years ago

Thompson: My 2008 bid faced 'insurmountable object'

Former presidential candidate Fred Thompson was on Comedy Central’s ‘The Daily Show’ on Thursday.
Former presidential candidate Fred Thompson was on Comedy Central’s ‘The Daily Show’ on Thursday.

(CNN) - Fred Thompson, the actor and former Tennessee Republican senator, says he knows why his failed 2008 presidential campaign didn't make it past the first few primaries.

"I had an insurmountable object to overcome in that presidential bid and that was the wisdom and the inherent good judgment of the American people," Thompson told John Stewart Thursday on Comedy Central's "The Daily Show."

"So it worked out for everybody," Thompson said after the audience's laughter and applause subsided.

The former "Law & Order" actor was on Stewart's show to promote his new book, "Teaching the Pig to Dance."


Filed under: 2008 Election • Fred Thompson
May 19th, 2010
06:24 PM ET
5 years ago

Thompson laments end of TV series, weighs in on midterms


(CNN) – News of the cancellation of the original "Law and Order" television series is hitting one Republican especially hard.

"I was sad to see it go," former Sen. Fred Thompson, better known outside political circles as the series' "D.A. Arthur Branch," said in an interview set to air Wednesday on CNN's John King, USA.

Adding that the popular crime series "meant a lot to me personally," Thompson joked with CNN Chief National Correspondent John King that the television drama took him from the "obscurity of the United States Senate" and elevated him to being New York City's fictional district attorney.

"At least we'll have reruns probably for more than the rest of our lives," the attorney-turned actor-turned lawmaker told King.

The former lawmaker, who returned to politics for a 2008 White House bid, also weighed in on the current political climate and November's midterm elections.
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Filed under: 2010 • Fred Thompson • GOP • JKUSA • John King USA • Popular Posts • Terrorism
February 25th, 2010
08:14 AM ET
5 years ago

Thompson tweet takes on Reid comment

A spokesman for Harry Reid called Thompson's comments 'unfortunate.'
A spokesman for Harry Reid called Thompson's comments 'unfortunate.'

Washington (CNN) - Former presidential candidate Fred Thompson suggested Wednesday that Sen. Harry Reid might engage in domestic abuse if he fails to win re-election in November.

In a posting on Twitter, Thompson wrote, "Reid: Jobless men = domestic abuse. Is he saying we should be worried about Mrs. Reid after the November elections?"

Thompson's comment comes days after Reid discussed the correlation between unemployment and domestic abuse on the Senate floor.

"I have met with some people at home, dealing with domestic abuse," Reid said on Monday. "It has gotten out of hand. Why? Men don't have jobs. Women don't have jobs either but women aren't abusive, most of the time. Men, when they are out of work, tend to become abusive."

Reid defended his comments Tuesday when questioned by reporters.

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Filed under: Fred Thompson • Harry Reid • Jobs • Social Media
February 24th, 2010
07:28 PM ET
5 years ago

Thompson tweet takes on Reid comment

A spokesman for Harry Reid called Thompson's comments 'unfortunate.'
A spokesman for Harry Reid called Thompson's comments 'unfortunate.'

Washington (CNN) - Former presidential candidate Fred Thompson suggested Wednesday that Sen. Harry Reid might engage in domestic abuse if he fails to win re-election in November.

In a posting on Twitter, Thompson wrote, "Reid: Jobless men = domestic abuse. Is he saying we should be worried about Mrs. Reid after the November elections?"

Thompson's comment comes days after Reid discussed the correlation between unemployment and domestic abuse on the Senate floor.

"I have met with some people at home, dealing with domestic abuse," Reid said on Monday. "It has gotten out of hand. Why? Men don't have jobs. Women don't have jobs either but women aren't abusive, most of the time. Men, when they are out of work, tend to become abusive."

Reid defended his comments Tuesday when questioned by reporters.

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Filed under: Extra • Fred Thompson • Harry Reid • Jobs • Popular Posts • Social Media
November 2nd, 2009
10:01 AM ET
5 years ago

Political heavyweights travel to NY 23

Two political heavyweights are descending on New York's 23rd congressional district Monday,
Two political heavyweights are descending on New York's 23rd congressional district Monday,

(CNN) - Two political heavyweights are descending on New York's 23rd congressional district Monday, 24 hours before voters in that closely-watched special House race head to the polls.

Vice President Joe Biden is set to hold a morning rally in Watertown with Democrat Bill Owens at 10 a.m. ET.  Biden's visit comes two days after Republican Dede Scozzafava withdrew from the race - a seeming blow to Owens who had benefited from Sozzafava and conservative third-party candidate Dough Hoffman splitting the opposition vote.

Meanwhile former GOP presidential candidate Fred Thompson is also heading to the upstate New York district, holding a campaign event with Hoffman Monday evening.

Thompson, among Hoffman's earliest high-profile backers who was the recent star of a campaign commercial for the independent conservative, said in a statement "Dough is Target No. 1 for the Democrats' political machine, they are desperate to win."

A recent Siena College poll conducted before Socozzafava withdrew from the race suggests Owens and Hoffman were locked in a statistical dead heat, 36-35 percent, with Scozzafava far behind at 20 percent.  Political observers predict more than two-thirds of Scozzafava's supporters are now likely to cast their vote for Hoffman.

Biden also campaigned with Owens in September while President Obama made an appearance at a fundraiser for Owens in New York City earlier this month.

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Filed under: Fred Thompson • Joe Biden
March 25th, 2009
05:30 PM ET
6 years ago

Thompson: I don't want Obama's policies to succeed

Fred Thompson, a former GOP White House hopeful, said Wednesday that he doesn't want some of the president's policies to succeed.
Fred Thompson, a former GOP White House hopeful, said Wednesday that he doesn't want some of the president's policies to succeed.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Count former GOP presidential candidate Fred Thompson among the growing chorus of prominent Republicans who want President Obama's policies to fail.

Tuesday evening Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal called pressure to support Obama's policies "political correctness run amok."

Related: Jindal defends those who want Obama to fail

Thompson told CNN's John Roberts Wednesday that he agreed with some of his fellow Republicans who have said publicly they do not want the president's policies to be successful.

Watch: Thompson on American Morning

"I want his policies that I believe take us in the wrong direction to fail," Thompson told Roberts on CNN's American Morning.

"If he takes us down the road of tripling our national debt in ten years and making us vulnerable to higher interest rates and higher inflation, and things of that nature, I want all those policies not to succeed," he said.

Thompson, who made the rising cost of entitlement spending a focus of his 2008 presidential run, said he'd be happy to help Obama overhaul those programs.

"If he wants to do that, I will join with him. I'll do everything I can to make him succeed with regard to that because that's the whole ball game in terms of our fiscal future in this country," said the former Tennessee senator.

Thompson criticized Obama's ambitious health care agenda, telling Roberts the president's plans would cost the government more than they would save.

March 20th, 2009
10:30 AM ET
6 years ago

Thompson talks up importance of NY 20 race

Fred Thompson, a former Tennessee senator and presidential candidate, asks supporters in his e-mail to donate to Jim Tedisco and solicits contributions to his PAC.
Fred Thompson, a former Tennessee senator and presidential candidate, asks supporters in his e-mail to donate to Jim Tedisco and solicits contributions to his PAC.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Former Presidential candidate Fred Thompson told supporters Friday that a Republican victory in an upcoming congressional election in New York is the spark conservatives need to help stage a strong defense to oppose Democratic policy goals.

“If Jim Tedisco wins this seat, it will be a very public repudiation,” of the Democratic Party, Thompson said in an e-mail to supporters of his political action committee. “A Tedisco victory will start the process of building an effective opposition to the Obama-Pelosi agenda, and send a clear message: conservatives aren’t going to let the extremist left in Washington strip us of our rights and freedoms.”

Tedisco is the Republican candidate in the March 31 special election to fill the remaining 20 months of Rep. Kirsten Gillibrand’s term. Gillibrand, a Democrat, was appointed to the Senate earlier this year when Sen. Hillary Clinton was confirmed to be Secretary of State.  Scott Murphy is the Democratic candidate in this election.

Thompson, a former Tennessee senator and presidential candidate, asks supporters in his e-mail to donate to Tedisco and solicits contributions to his PAC. He is best known, perhaps, for his work as an actor in movies and on the television show Law and Order.


Filed under: Fred Thompson
September 3rd, 2008
10:20 AM ET
6 years ago

Thompson skewers Obama

Fred Thompson said Barack Obama is unprepared to be president.
Fred Thompson said Barack Obama is unprepared to be president.

ST PAUL (CNN) – Barack Obama is wholly untested and unprepared to be president, former Republican presidential candidate Fred Thompson said Tuesday - the most pointed criticisms yet of the Democratic presidential nominee delivered at the scaled-back GOP convention.

"Democrats present a history making nominee for president," Thompson told the cheering crowd. "History making in that he is the most liberal, most inexperienced nominee to ever run for president.

"Apparently they believe that he would match up well with the history making, Democrat controlled Congress," he continued in the prime-time speech. "History making because it's the least accomplished and most unpopular Congress in our nation's history."

Thompson, who abandoned his own presidential bid after poor showings in the first round of primaries early this year, also criticized the Illinois senator for comments at a recent faith forum during which he declined to say when he believed human life began.

"We need a president who doesn't think that the protection of the unborn or a newly born baby is above his pay grade," Thompson said in what was a clear reference to Obama's comments at a forum sponsored by Rick Warren last month.

Thompson faced criticism during his own presidential run when a YouTube clip of a 1994 Senate debate showed Thompson declaring, "The ultimate decision on abortion should be left with the woman and not the government."

It was also revealed Thompson once lobbied for an abortion-rights group.

September 3rd, 2008
12:23 AM ET
6 years ago

Thompson blasts Obama and sings praises of Palin, McCain

Fred Thompson campaigned with Sen. McCain earlier this year.
Fred Thompson campaigned with Sen. McCain earlier this year.

ST. PAUL, Minnesota (CNN) - Former Sen. Fred Thompson vehemently defended the selection of Sarah Palin for vice president Tuesday garnering huge applause from the crowd at the Republican National Convention.

"What a breath of fresh air Gov. Sarah Palin is," said Thompson, who dropped out of the Republican presidential race in January. "Give me a tough Alaskan governor who has taken on the political establishment in the largest state in the union - and won - over the beltway business-as-usual crowd any day of the week."

Thompson also praised McCain and talked about how his ordeal as POW shaped his character.

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