June 5th, 2007
09:02 PM ET
4 years ago

President Bush 'would never darken the doorstep' of President Tancredo's White House

WASHINGTON (CNN) - As President Bush's low popularity ratings looms over the Republican race, the White House hopefuls have said little been generally silent during the past few debates about their commander-in-chief. But Colorado Rep. Tom Tancredo addressed what he thought Bush's role should be after he finishes his second term.

"Some time ago, 2003, I think it was, that I got a call from Karl Rove who told me that because of my criticism of the president, I should never darken the doorstep of the White House," he said.

He added, "As president, I would have to tell George Bush exactly the same thing that Karl Rove told me" because he was so disappointed in various aspects of the President's program, including education and the prescription drug bureaucracy, as well as immigration reform.

Former Bush Cabinet member and former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson said: "I would certainly not send him to the United Nations." He said the president's strengths of honesty and perseverance would be best used in touring America talking to the country's youth. "I think he could be a wonderful spokesperson" for the virtues of public service.

–CNN Associate Producer Lauren Kornreich


Filed under: Tom Tancredo • Tommy Thompson
June 5th, 2007
09:00 PM ET
4 years ago

Tancredo and Thompson on Bush 43

WASHINGTON (CNN) - As President Bush's low popularity ratings looms over the Republican race, the White House hopefuls have said little during past debates about their commander in chief.

But Colorado Rep. Tom Tancredo addressed what he thought Bush's role should be after he finishes his second term.

"Some time ago, 2003, I think it was, I got a call from Karl Rove who told me that because of my criticism of the president, I should never darken the doorstep of the White House," he said.

He added, "As president, I would have to tell George Bush exactly the same thing that Karl Rove told me" because he was so disappointed in various aspects of the President's program, including education and the prescription drug bureaucracy, as well as immigration reform.

Former Bush cabinet member Tommy Thompson said: "I would certainly not send him to the United Nations."

Thompson said the President's strengths of honesty and perseverance would be best used in touring America talking to the country's youth.

"I think he could be a wonderful spokesperson" for the virtues of public service, he said.

–CNN Associate Producer Lauren Kornreich


Filed under: President Bush • Race to '08 • Tom Tancredo • Tommy Thompson
June 5th, 2007
08:44 PM ET
4 years ago

Thompson: Let the Iraqi government decide

WASHINGTON (CNN) - When asked what the U.S. should do if the situation in Iraq doesn't improve, former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson gave a sharp, clear response: The Iraqi government should have the responsibility of voting whether or not they want the United States to stay in their country.

"If they vote 'no,' " Thompson said, "we should redeploy our forces outside".

Thompson added that to end the civil war, each of the 18 territories in Iraq should elect their state leaders.

"Sunnis will elect Sunnis, Shiites will elect Shiites, Kurds will elect Kurds. And you know something? People will go to those particular territories, and you get rid of this civil war."

–CNN Internet Producer Eric Weisbrod


Filed under: Race to '08 • Tommy Thompson
June 5th, 2007
07:12 PM ET
4 years ago

Huffington vs. Murphy, Round 2

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Political strategists Arianna Huffington and Michael Murphy are at it again.

Reprising their role from Sunday night's Democratic debate, the two are butting heads and giving expert analysis all night long. According to Huffington, Murphy is the man to talk to.

"He's worked for McCain, Romney and Thompson - this is the man to listen to," she said.

"Plus I used to intern for Duncan Hunter," added Murphy.

–CNN contributor Josh Lipsky


Filed under: Duncan Hunter • John McCain • Mitt Romney • Race to '08 • Tommy Thompson
June 5th, 2007
07:09 PM ET
4 years ago

Thompson effect felt early

ATLANTA, Georgia (CNN) The 10 Republicans who want to be president have taken the stage for their first debate in New Hampshire.

CNN's Wolf Blitzer opened the night with a given, asking each candidate for a brief introduction.

Just minutes in, the Fred Thompson effect is already being felt.

"My name is Thompson - Tommy. I'm the candidate, and not the actor," said the former governor of Wisconsin, alluding to Sen. Thompson, who is not on stage with the other candidates but whose moves toward entering the race have created a buzz.

Blitzer and other journalists will ask questions for the first hour, and then voters in the audience will address the hopefuls during the second half of the debate.

The stage on the campus of St. Anselm College is slightly more crowded than it was for Sunday's Democratic presidential debate, which featured eight contenders, but with two hours to go, there's plenty of room for conversation, competition and controversy.

–CNN.com writer Kristi Keck


Filed under: New Hampshire • Race to '08 • Tommy Thompson • Uncategorized
June 5th, 2007
06:13 PM ET
4 years ago

Where do the candidates stand?

Tonight's debate kicks off at 7 p.m. ET.

MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (CNN) - Where do the Republican presidential candidates stand?

No, not on policy issues, but physically, where will the 10 GOP contenders line up Tuesday night at the Republican presidential debate?

Sitting in the audience and looking at the stage, from left to right: Colorado Rep. Tom Tancredo, former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson, Sen. Sam Brownback, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Arizona Sen. John McCain, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, California Rep. Duncan Hunter, former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore and Texas Rep. Ron Paul.

– CNN Political Editor Mark Preston

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