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. David, Belton, Tx

    If Fred will add to his list that he will PUSH for term limits, he will win!
    I don't know of ANY candidate from any party that is gutsy enough to say that!
    We Americans HAVE TO PRESS these people (who we vote to represent us) in this direction. Without it, our government continues to be corrupt.

    September 7, 2007 12:40 am at 12:40 am |
  2. steve albuquerque

    How will he stop Hillary?

    He can't even stop people from leaving his own campaign

    September 7, 2007 01:06 am at 1:06 am |
  3. c c hale, baltimore md

    No it's love them till they rape and murder the innocent philosophy

    September 7, 2007 01:21 am at 1:21 am |
  4. Peter S. Cohl

    If the election is fought in the Purple States, Sen. Thompson will have a tremendous advantage in rallying "values" voters against Sen. Clinton.

    However, 2008 will hinge on the delicate balance between change and comfort. Sen. Thompson's challenge is to imbue his aura of authenticity – conveyed by a his "Southern-Fried Reagan" persona – with the dynamism of substantive, new policy approaches in order to captivate voters who've soured on the President, Congress, and to some extent, the American political process.

    If Sen. Thompson wants to ride tall in the saddle, he'll need to round up some beef.

    Peter S. Cohl
    The Political Brandwagon

    September 7, 2007 02:15 am at 2:15 am |
  5. Dan (Columbia, MD)

    He's right. He can stop the Billary Express.

    But so can Rudy and Mitt.

    September 7, 2007 06:31 am at 6:31 am |
  6. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    I remain hopeful that someone can stop Clinton, but I'm thinking more of other Democrats instead of this wannabe wearer of the Reagan mantle. Enough tired old second-rate actors with ditzy wives consulting astrologers.

    September 7, 2007 06:53 am at 6:53 am |
  7. John Bloom, Trenton New Jersey

    So why is it that Abortion and The Death Penalty seem to be in the forefront of any election? The death penalty does not deter crime and abortion is legal, both true facts. Why not look to defending this country and keeping our economy strong? While I do not support Hilary (socialist) Clinton or her personal agenda, I would like to see any canidate say that America comes first and enforce our immigration laws.

    September 7, 2007 07:30 am at 7:30 am |
  8. Ed,Ellenville,New York

    What a greedy pig!To take advantage of a sinking ship like the conservative(mentally retarded) movement just to line your pockets with their money,shows that the ethics of the right have no level too low to go.These idiots that give any godhead any money are fools.

    September 7, 2007 07:49 am at 7:49 am |
  9. Loyda, WDC

    48 hours after the "beggining" of his 'campaign' and I'm already tired of him....

    boy, this is going to be a loooooooong winter!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    did anybody else found it totally ridiculous for CNN to have a live broadcast of hhim yesterday???????? have that happend before with ANY other candidate?????????

    I'm almost certain I remember from somewhere that tv stations have to give ALL CANDIDATES EQUAL TIME!!!!!!

    September 7, 2007 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  10. S. B. Stein E.B. NJ

    To Steven - That is a good point. How many people who oppose abortion support the death penalty? I know personally support abortion being legal; although we should all work to make it unnecessary.

    September 7, 2007 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  11. Kim, Grand Rapids, Michigan

    It's quite interesting how on one foot they say "Hillary isn't popular enough candidate to win", and yet when this guy jumps into the race he has to proclaim he will "stop Hillary". Do republicans listen to themselves?

    September 7, 2007 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  12. Kim, Grand Rapids, Michigan

    It's quite interesting how on one foot they say "Hillary isn't popular enough candidate to win", and yet when this guy jumps into the race he has to proclaim he will "stop Hillary". Do republicans listen to themselves?

    September 7, 2007 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  13. George Bush Washington DC

    Hey wait a we want these 'Hollywood-types' in the white house?

    September 7, 2007 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  14. Mark, Princeton, NJ

    If you can hardly decide whether you're even running and have people resigning from your team on a daily basis, I don't think you're going to beat the well-oiled machine that is Hillary Clinton's campaign.

    I used to like Fred when he gave his first interviews, but have since become convinced that he is too unfocused and too inexperienced to be President. When the hype fades away and people start looking at his record and policy proposals instead of being in awe of his actor persona, a lot of supporters will leave him. I certainly have.

    Mitt Romney is the GOP's best chance.

    September 7, 2007 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  15. fedupwithourgov't

    You old fool!

    September 7, 2007 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  16. James

    Hopefully, he'll adopt the GOP philosophy of "love 'em 'til they rape, murder or otherwise become a danger to society". Why do liberals defend their abortion position by citing the death penalty. At least the choice argument has merit.
    Last I checked a fetus never killed anybody. Those who are subject to the death penalty are so because of their actions in life. Their rights end at a trial. If only their victims were afforded the same opportunity.

    September 7, 2007 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  17. Alice Newman Center Harbor NH

    "In '94, our conservative principles led us to a comeback and majority control of the Congress.
    said Fred ...

    Now explain what they've done for the country in the last 6 years – pissed it away in scandal, corruption, war, hatred and attempts to turn back the clock. The rich are richer, the poor are uninsured, many children are left behind, veterans benefits are cut, and if they had their way, the wages would have stayed the same for another 10 years ... and don't forget, conservatives also voted to make it harder to go to college.

    September 7, 2007 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  18. Pat, Huntington, NY

    Thompson, you won't even get the chance to do so, because while republicans are dumb, they are not that dumb to vote for you as their candidate. After 8 years of right wing christian fundamentalism running this country, the Independent minded people will not support a candidate like you who wants to continue carrying the ultra-conservative banner. Your positions on the policies are way too right wing extreme. Actually, I hope you win the nomination, because it'll ensure a democrat victory, regardless of who our nominee is! You are old, tired, and a do-nothing former senator from a backwoods state, with no real record. And don't try to play the Reagan card – at least he was a former governor of the biggest state in the country! You are nothing!

    September 7, 2007 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  19. Joanne Ciccone, Charlottesville, VA

    So he says he can beat Clinton in 2008. HA! His mind must be in the same league as our current president, G. W. Bush.

    September 7, 2007 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  20. Ron, TX

    Hillary can stop Hillary. Any moderate republican can stop Hillary... Thompson? I dunno about that.

    September 7, 2007 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  21. Hugh G. Rekshin

    Finally someone gets into this race with some priciples. Go Fred – put an a** whoopin' on this liberal, hollywood elitist, politically correctness disease that's destroying our country. Even the French & the Germans have had enough of it!!!!!

    September 7, 2007 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  22. James, NY

    This is not the general election, which is why Thompson is a genius. Republicans know Clinton is the front runner. Obama may get a VP nod, but Clinton is the Dem's choice. No question about (look at poll consistency). That said, nothing rallies the Republican base more than the thought of Hillary as President. So by Thompson asserting himself as the guy to beat Hillary, he immediately eases the deeper concerns of his base. The GOP base sees a Clinton nomination as inevitable, but admitting it would lend credibility which is a no-no. The general election may be close, but I think Thompson takes if he can convince Americans that he can return fiscal responsibility to Washington. Social issues play, but don't decide elections. It's the economy stupid!

    September 7, 2007 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  23. Cheney I. Sevil, austin Texas

    James, are you a scientist? Why do you speak of things you surely don't understand? Please tell me you're not basing your perspective on a book thousands of yrs old.

    September 7, 2007 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  24. Erick Nilsson, Humboldt, TN

    I must agree Mr.Thompson is the person who can and will lead the American People, and this great country of ours to be on top again.

    September 7, 2007 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  25. Paul Webster Phila, PA

    Fred Thompson is a man of towering integrity! Pitting himself againts the
    Hillary juggernaut is a no brainer.
    Like it or not, Clinton's past is an open secret. Thompson is untainted
    and freshly minted.

    September 7, 2007 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
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