September 5th, 2007
09:01 PM ET
14 years ago

Duck mad about Thompson's absence

DURHAM, New Hampshire (CNN) - Even a duck is angry that Fred Thompson is skipping Wednesday night's Republican debate.

A man in a duck suit protested Thompson's decision not to participate in the debate in New Hampshire. Standing in between Mitt Romney and Ron Paul supporters, the duck showed off his resentment.

On the front, a sign on his suit read, "Fred, why are you ducking the debate?" On the back, it read, "Quacks should stay in Hollywood."

The duck would not say who he is planning to support.

- CNN's Sasha Johnson and Lauren Kornreich

Filed under: Fred Thompson • New Hampshire
soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. Lance, Monrovia, CA

    So Fred Thompson declares on Leno, saying that if we hadn't attacked Iraq, Saddam would still be making nuclear weapons, supporting Al Queda and killing Iraqis.

    Um… Fred… I guess you didn't get the memo. There WERE NO NUKES in Iraq! There was no Al Queda in Iraq! and most of all, 1 MILLION IRAQIS HAVE BEEN KILLED SINCE THE US OCCUPATION!!!

    Why does the guy who played Boss Hogg on Dukes of Hazzard think he knows a single damn thing about politics? This guy is as twisted and jumbled as Bush times twenty.

    Know why he skipped tonight's debate? Because he can't debate for squat. His handlers are gonna try and keep him as out of the public arena as possible because only by saying stupid soundbites and nothing else can Boss Hogg be taken seriously.

    Okay, for starters, he portrays himself as an outsider in the mold of Reagan, yet in reality he was a lobbyist for many years in Washington, status quo, and he lacks Reagan's ideology, ambition, passion, charisma AND HAIR.

    Here's the guy that was a majorly paid lobbyist for Planned Parenthood, now saying on national t.v. that he would catagorically make abortion illegal. (something the constitution doesn't allow him to do anyway, but he's not smart enough to know that.)

    He was also the guy that asked the question on a Senate committee circa 1970 that started the downfall of Nixon. He asked the question about the Nixon tapes, whether they exist. Great right? Wrong. He told the Nixon administration all about the question he was going to ask days earlier to give them warning and time to prepare a defense. He was a huge Nixon supporter and good buddy of Cheney who was also in that administration.

    Then there's Vice President Cheney's current Chief of Staff Scooter Libby, whom Bush just pardoned for lying about Valerie Plame… Thompson has been Libby's biggest supporter and fund raiser for his "defense fund", which Libby is using to pay that 250,000 fine that Bush hasn't bothered to pardon him of yet.

    Do we really want Fred, the guy that's leading the charge for lying, corporate corruption in Washington, to be our next President?

    Well, maybe he's a hard worker, you say?

    Uh, well, actually he is world famous for being the laziest Senator on record, and even more infamous for his constant procrastination and vacations, possibly even surpassing our current President in that regard.

    Well, maybe he's well spoken, you say? Maybe he's tough on terror, you say?

    Think again on both counts, I can sum it up in one quote from Fred Thompson I just found in Newsweek, "Twelve million illegal immigrants later, we are now living in a nation that is beset by people who are suicidal maniacs and want to kill countless innocent men, women and children around the world."

    Huh? Say What?

    This dumbfoundingly confusing statement seems to be saying that the suicidal maniacs are here and want to kill innocents elsewhere. Not only is it garbled nonsense, it's also intended to provoke fear and combines two totally unrelated issues. He said it at a major speech.

    The bottom line is… haven't we had enough of the same old fear mongering, nonsensical talk about nothing from a President constantly on vacation in a cowboy hat while faking a good ol' boy Texas twang already?

    Do we really need another one?

    Welcome to the race Fred. I hope you drive a faster pickup than the last guy, because he's gonna have to drive pretty damn fast to get out of Washington without being Impeached.

    September 5, 2007 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  2. Cary- Lowell, IN

    So every time a rinky-dink cable station or network decides to set a debate, you expect every single person to clear their calendar? Sheesh.

    September 5, 2007 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  3. Tyler Norton, Toronto, Canada

    Sounds a lot like the Chicken John & Chicken Bob stunt pulled in The West Wing, where staff of candidate Matt Santos dress as chickens and accuse opponents John Hoynes and Bob Russell of being "too chicken" to enter a debate.

    September 5, 2007 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  4. SH, Arizona

    With reasoning like that, I am voting for the duck.

    That guy's got pluck!!

    September 6, 2007 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |