July 25th, 2007
01:45 PM ET
12 years ago

Protester removed from Fred Thompson event

A protester questioned Thompson’s conservatism Wednesday.

HOUSTON, Texas (CNN) – A woman screaming “you’re not a real conservative, sir” was removed by police from a welcoming reception for likely GOP presidential candidate Fred Thompson Wednesday morning. A second protester was also taken from the room.

Houston police officers escorted the woman — as well as a man — from the hangar at Hobby Airport, where Thompson was shaking hands with a crowd of supporters. They were not arrested.

The woman questioned Thompson as he talked to reporters. She asked him why he was a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and noted that the organization supported the North American Union with Canada and Mexico.

After the woman interrupted Thompson by questioning his conservative credentials, the likely candidate said, “Don’t fuss at me. You asked me a question. Let me answer it.” He told the woman, “I try to learn as much as I can from all viewpoints.”

Later, she shouted at Thompson as the news conference ended. Police officers took her outside a fenced area near the hangar, and stood with her until the former Tennessee senator departed.

Editor’s Note: In the comments section below (#4), the woman has identified herself as a member of the group “Houston 9/11 Truth.” In a video of the incident linked on her blog, she is also heard charging the attack in New York on 9/11 was a “inside job.”

- CNN Political Desk Manager Steve Brusk

Filed under: Fred Thompson
soundoff (330 Responses)
  1. fred freedham

    kudos to editor btw for tacking on the note explaining her full comments. still it's important everyone check out the full video here:


    people – self-important serious people – will attempt to wave this off as frivolous or moot, as somehow everything thats gone wrong in the last 8 years is still better than what happened that awful day nearly 6 years ago.

    its not. but it is time to act.

    July 27, 2007 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  2. Finn, San Antonio, TX

    CNN should be ashamed of the way they covered this story and edited the video.

    This woman's civil rights were clearly violated which is not unexpected with that police department.

    But there is great good from all of this in revealing Fred Thompson for the CFR squish that he is - and a really bad actor to boot.

    July 27, 2007 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |


    October 9, 2007 12:46 am at 12:46 am |
  4. Putney, Portland, OR

    Why do most the answers/comments just complain about Fred not being a "real conservative"? What about what actually happened and why? Do "conservatives" not care about the truth or are they just too concerned with how "conservative" someone is, nevermind the issues at hand?
    Also, I like how people are now using "conservative" instead of right winged republican. Hmmmm. Too much stigmata with that now? Then I see conservative and patriot in the same sentence, HA! (That's like military intelligence! – remember how the "conservatives" said that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction??) Check your heads people.

    December 6, 2007 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  5. othemsthesk

    I don't agree with you.

    January 5, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
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