September 6th, 2007
07:00 PM ET
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Thompson: I can stop Clinton

Fred Thompson gave his first official campaign speech Thursday in Iowa.

DES MOINES, Iowa (CNN) - As Fred Thompson officially hits the campaign trail, he's making a pitch to conservative Republicans nervous that the 2008 presidential race could lead to a Democratic president - and even one named Clinton.

Thompson says he's the candidate who could prevent that from happening by campaigning on true conservative values.

"To my Republican friends, I point out that in 1992, we were down after a Clinton victory," Thompson said in a video announcement posted to his campaign Web site Thursday morning.

"In '94, our conservative principles led us to a comeback and majority control of the Congress. Now, you don't want to have to come back from another Clinton victory. Our country needs us to win next year, and I'm ready to lead that effort," he said.

Full story: Thompson: I can stop Hillary Clinton

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soundoff (64 Responses)
  1. Arthur, Immokalee, Florida

    I would like to start listening to a candidate who is not only about destroying his opponents at all cost to become president.

    Any fool can badmouth someone else, and even win an election but only a responsible, a competent, and credible leader can lead a nation. Please, Thompson the election is not about Hillary, Obama, or the political parties. It is about America.

    I have observed many elections, but I can't remember when America was the objective.

    September 6, 2007 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  2. Pam A Summerside PEI

    Freddie has about as much chance of stopin Clinton as Georgie has in getting re-elected in 2008 !

    Dream On Freddie! See you in the movies!

    September 6, 2007 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  3. bprossersme

    Not so fast Fred. You've got to control your own woman first. She's a child and is behaving so to your detriment.

    September 6, 2007 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  4. Zac, Idaho Falls, Idaho

    I dont care who it is but somebody stop her or i swear ill move to mexico if she is elected.

    September 6, 2007 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  5. LeftyLoser

    Duha.., even Ron Paul could be Hillary.

    September 6, 2007 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  6. Jonathan, Albuquerque, NM

    A rhetorical actor's statement. "I can stop Clinton." What are you going to do with foreign policy?

    It would be nice if conservatives in this country could think about other issues than "stopping Clinton." (oh, and abortion and religion, etc.)

    September 6, 2007 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  7. Stephen

    "I can beat Clinton ...

    a. with a super-fast moves
    b. with my lightsaber
    c. in an acting competition

    The answer is C. Other then that, Fred is really can't beat anyone.

    September 6, 2007 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  8. Josue Romano, Buena Park, CA

    its true he can't stop Hillary CLINTON after all this mess that this republican president made we need another 8 years of the Clinton's to fix all this mess.

    September 6, 2007 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  9. Ron Nebraska

    Uh Fred, by 2006 your conservative principles and leaders had so sickened America that you lost the majority, remember? Fred?

    September 6, 2007 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  10. Connie M. - Wheaton,IL

    Well he certainly looks the part.

    September 6, 2007 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  11. Jaycee, San Antonio, Tx.

    It appears Rupert finally got his Man in Fred Thompson! How much did Freddie sell out FOR? Maybe he's gunning for Iran. OK, Hillary lets start,go after the "BIG CAHUNNA"

    September 6, 2007 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  12. Rafael Richmond Virginia

    Go Rudy 08!!! Thompson is a chicken for not showing up in the debate!

    September 6, 2007 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  13. rick, phx az

    i dont think so. Set your sights on Gullimami first before you take the mother ship.

    September 6, 2007 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  14. Angie, St. Louis Missouri

    Thompson is an actor, not a leader. He has zero appeal to Republicans or Democrats. Go back to a TV series Thompson, we have had enough of hollywood drama.

    September 6, 2007 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  15. Steven in Charleston, SC

    So when Mr. Thompson says he thinks we should respect the "sanctity of life" does that mean he is going to oppose the death penalty? Or does he buy into the standard GOP "love 'em 'til they're born" philosophy?

    September 6, 2007 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  16. Amy, FL

    His claim-to-fame is that he can "stop Clinton?" Did she win a primary I wasn't aware of? Fred is playing to the far right Clinton-haters to get the base rallied. Another down-to-earth, real person, "leader". What a joke.

    September 6, 2007 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  17. Bill Bloom, Doylestown, PA

    Methinks his debut as an official candidate has been a little underwhelming. Thompson might consider keeping his day job on Law and Order. We need more than an ideological leader- someone who can appeal to and affirm all Americans and not just those on the right. This is the 21st century and time for the end of marginalization. It's time we come together,

    September 6, 2007 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  18. Dave, Miramar Beach Fl

    Great! We had to endure the Bush Years, now we have a throw back who gave legal advise to Nixon during Watergate who wants to be president. When he was Senator for Tennessee, he did nothing. He was a laughing joke on Capital Hill.

    Fred stay with Law and Order

    September 6, 2007 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  19. Marie - Los Angeles, CA

    Good grief, what on earth makes anyone think this dude is anything special? Nothing makes him stand out from the other GOPs. His archaic view of the world, of women, and of how this country should be run is nothing new and exciting. Not to mention the fact that he's kind of scary looking. Go Hillary!!

    September 6, 2007 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  20. John from America

    Well Fred – sure hope you make it to the general election – your looking kinda rough at the edges old timer! Your looks are kinda like your ideas – outdated! Go home to the nursing home and relax!

    September 6, 2007 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  21. Dan, TX

    If he wants to convince the public to vote for him, won't he first have to convince his own top campaign workers to stop quitting?

    September 6, 2007 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  22. Mark, Milwaukee WI

    Please Republicans nominate dog-faced uncharismatic Thompson. Give the Democrats the White House!

    September 7, 2007 12:09 am at 12:09 am |
  23. Fred Thompson Fan

    Fred is awesome! I hope he's right about beating Hillary we need to stay the course in Iraq and deal with Iran!

    Discuss Fred Thompson at the best Fred Thompson Forum on the net!

    Fred Thompson Forum

    September 7, 2007 12:14 am at 12:14 am |
  24. Christian, Tampa FL

    May I remind Mr. Thompson that this is not the 1990s, and that we are currently engaged in an extremely unpopular war that is dominating the campaign season.

    Does he honestly expect a Republican to win if that party still supports the Iraq war?

    September 7, 2007 12:31 am at 12:31 am |
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