September 11th, 2007
06:01 PM ET
13 years ago

Thompson catches Giuliani in GOP race

Thompson is in a statistical dead heat with Rudy Giuliani, according to a new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Five days after he officially jumped into the Republican race for the White House, former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson finds himself in a statistical dead heat with frontrunner Rudy Giuliani, according to a new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll out Tuesday.

The former New York City mayor garners 28 percent nationally among registered Republicans while Thompson is only one point behind at 27 percent - well within the poll's 5 percentage point margin of error. In a similar poll taken in August, Giuliani registered 29 percent while Thompson, then not yet an official presidential candidate, was at 22 percent. (See full poll results [PDF])

CNN Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider notes, "Thompson has the edge among evangelical Republicans and especially among his fellow southerners - that's where Thompson has made the biggest gains."

Specifically, Thompson now holds the advantage among men, southerners, older voters (age 50 and over) and ideological conservatives. Conversely, Giuliani leads among women, voters in the Northeast and Midwest, younger voters (under 50) and self-described GOP moderates.

While the CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll shows a statistical dead heat, other recent national polls indicate Giuliani continues to hold a lead over Thompson. A CBS/New York Times poll released Monday showed Giuliani with a 5 point lead over Thompson, 27 percent to 22 percent. Meanwhile, a USAToday/Gallup poll out Monday has Giuliani with a 12 point lead, 34 percent to 22 percent.

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- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

Filed under: CNN Polls • Presidential Candidates
soundoff (76 Responses)
  1. hugh dean portland, me.

    Congratulations, Fred. go get 'em

    September 11, 2007 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  2. diann, westchester cty ny

    Fred's wife 20 years younger than him? That's a cool guy !

    September 11, 2007 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  3. Val Davydov, Agawam, MA

    The Republican party is doomed if this guy gets presidential nomination. I don't get why so many conservatives and evangelicals(that's according to the media) are so attracted to him – he is nothing but trouble. A true conservative will know that Fred Thompson has zero family values that is evidenced by his many prior marriges and the fact that his current Missus is almost 30 years his junior. I, for one, will not vote for Fred if he is nominated.

    September 11, 2007 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  4. S. Wright

    It appears the Blame America First cotillion has made a few posts in here, and naturally, they are devoid of fact.

    The United States certainly gave weapons and material to Iraq, but we were most certainly not alone.

    Fact: The U.S.S. Stark was hit by two missiles by an Iraqi fighter jet on May 17, 1987. Thirty-seven sailors died and another twenty-one were injured during the unprovoked attack that was preceeded by continued ignoring by the Iraqi pilot to identify himself on international channels.

    The Iraqi fighter and missiles were the Mirage and Exocet respectively, and they were both of French manufacture.

    I don't care where he got his war weapons, or who gave them to him. I care that he used them against us, and other countries, and against his own people, and clearly worked against our allies and our national interests. That's what matters; that's what counts.

    As for Thompson, the jury is still out, but this country doesn't need another 4-8 years of Jimmy Carter style foreign policy.

    September 11, 2007 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  5. Cathy Turtletown Tn

    As soon as I heard Fred say that the students should have been allowed to carry guns to Virgina Tech to protect themselves I knew he was a nut case. The sooner the media digs up the dirt and buries him the better.

    September 11, 2007 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  6. Sam, Louisville, KY


    To: Paul, New Orleans, LA
    You said:
    "...Do you know who gave Saddam those weapons?……drum roll please….the US govt did when Iraq was fighting Iran..."
    Read much? If so, you'd know that your statement is totally false. Name ONE U.S. weapon used by Saddam's forces. Oh, please don't count a handful of obsolete M-60 tanks he bought from Jordan.

    September 12, 2007 12:32 am at 12:32 am |
  7. CMS, CA

    I wish people could see thru the spin clouds of the two parties that keep Americans divided.

    Time for a third party that unites the middle and gets rid of the far right religious and wacko left wing.

    Although CNN will delete my post (like normal)because they do not want a 3rd party.

    September 12, 2007 12:40 am at 12:40 am |
  8. O'B lake forest, ca.

    thank you kurt in canada, your 2 cents worth is as noteworthy as the latest fraud regarding the dyed in the wool phony bin laden tapes.

    your lucky for now , while US dollar goes into the toilet, the LOONEY (canadian dollar) gains value, this will help bring value to the new north american union ( NAU ) currency the AMERO , ( google it, utube it ) between this rag we call the us dollar , and the peso , the looney may be all that supports the new ( amero ) currency after the total colapse of the green back, remember the borders open fully in 2010, when you have the opportunity to host a tidal wave of imigration.

    glad to know you care kurt.

    September 12, 2007 12:46 am at 12:46 am |
  9. Brian, Denver CO

    How can there be people who still think Iraq had WMDs? I mean the army and the UN both went into Iraq post-occupation and searched exhaustively for them. Additionally, we've had all this time after the occupation to turn them up. Yet both organizations did not find any and openly acknowledge as much. Indeed at this point we have even recovered internal documents from Saddam's government that verify this from the regime directly (after the fact.)

    In the face of such clear and unambiguous proof for one position it is a little frustrating to find people supporting the other position. His arsenal in the 80s and early 90s was/is irrelevant to the arsenal he had at the time of the invasion.

    September 12, 2007 01:08 am at 1:08 am |
  10. Tom, Cherry Point, NC

    To Paul in New Orleans: I am an AV-8B Harrier pilot for the U.S. Marine Corps. Iraqi jets used to support the 1990 invasion of Kuwait included the MiG-27 and the Su-25. The pylons on these aircraft do not have the lug spacing required to carry the standard U.S. free fall munitions from that time, such as the MK-82, MK-83, and MK-84. Instead, those aircraft carried and employed old Soviet weapons. No U.S. bombs were dropped on the Kuwaitis by Iraqi jets.

    To Jane in Nashville: The term WMD refers to Weapons of Mass Destruction, such as nuclear, chemical, biological, or radiological weapons. These weapons are far more destructive than conventional weapons such as 155MM HE artillery shells, tank main gun rounds, bullets, etc. The U.S. did sell some of these minor armaments to the Iraqi government during the Iran-Iraq war, but the U.S. government certainly did not sell WMD to Iraq, at any time. We do not sell these weapons to anyone, including Great Britain.

    September 12, 2007 02:05 am at 2:05 am |
  11. Bill, Charleston SC

    Kurt (Canada)

    I had to smile when I read your post. I fully realize when the incidents occured in Iraq, also that we supported the Hussein government for a long time. I have no ideological blinders, as I'm not an ultraconservative neocon, nor a liberal. I'm simply an American who is tired of those who tear this country down. And for what it's worth, I don't have a problem at all with other countries not having a good opinion of my president. Honestly, I don't care what you think of him. You can't vote for my leader so your opinion is really useless. I've supported this president for nearly 7 years now not because of the party he represents, but rather because he has the courage to stand in the face of adversity and do what he believes is right for his country. That is leadership. And that is what everyone has a problem with. Mr Bush won't just knuckle under to political parties, or to the United Nations, or any other country, and that is why the world views him so harshly. 20 years from now he will be held in the highest esteem, as his vision for this country will be proven correct.

    September 12, 2007 07:27 am at 7:27 am |
  12. AJ; Montpelier, VT

    And someone said southerners were smart??

    September 12, 2007 08:00 am at 8:00 am |
  13. Pam A S'side PEI

    For those who feel Fred Thompson has what it takes to Lead America...What ever that possibly could be??

    Your deserve another Bush Clone as President. And another four years of the same horror and devastation the world has endured for the past eight years under the Bush Reign. Luckily, for the rest of Americans, you are the minority and Fred will never take office!

    September 12, 2007 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  14. fredfan

    Thompson is the best man for the job of President. He is not your typical baby kissing, hand shaking politician. He is real. He speaks his mind clearly and honestly. He is exacltly what the country needs right now. Its about time we have someone like this in the race. FRED '08 !!!

    September 12, 2007 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  15. Chris, Middletown, CT

    THE COUNTRY NEEDS A MODERATE! Point blank – I have to admit – I really wanted to like Freds positions – I don't – I'm a moderate Republican – who is fiscally conservative...and socially liberal – Fred is far right....and Hillary is far left....we so do not need either right now – if we run Rudy – all the Hillary haters (at last count – over 55%) – will vote for "anyone else" – keep the religious right at bay...and keep Hillary the heck out of the white house....

    September 12, 2007 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  16. Cable King Pittsburgh Pa

    Yo Diann,

    Thompson's very young wife may make him "cool". Mr.& Mrs. T might even be fun at a tailgate party – if Mr. T can stay awake. "Cool" is hardly a quality that we need in a President – it might even be a liability!

    September 12, 2007 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  17. VanReuter NY NY

    Fred's wife 20 years younger than him? That's a cool guy !
    Posted By diann, westchester cty ny : September 11, 2007 10:54 pm

    By that measure, Kucinich, who has a wife THIRTY years younger than he is, is the coolest.

    September 12, 2007 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  18. R Schier Norwalk, CT

    "He speaks his mind clearly and honestly"

    Thankfully, this is what will prove just how clueless this latest and
    greatest joke is. But then again...
    outside of the two coasts, I'm not
    entirely sure.....

    September 12, 2007 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  19. Darryl Schmitz, St. Johns MI

    I am convinced that if the media gave the same splashy coverage to capable and principled candidate Ron Paul that they've given to actor Fred Thompson, Paul's poll numbers would be at least 26% as well. Paul's primary support is from the the informed Internet users who are able to bypass the media censorship of Paul's campaign and discover that he is the only Republican candidate who intends to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution.

    September 12, 2007 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  20. Steve, Murrieta, California

    Thompson is not a real candidate; he is a stalking horse. His role is bait Democrats by attacking their liberal pets, and to say stupid, controversial and inflammatory things in order to draw fire from the Democrats-and take fire away from Giuliani and Romney.

    The guy must be laughing all the way to the Country Club.

    September 12, 2007 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  21. Mary, Beaver, PA

    Hey Laura of Tulsa, OK: Does your comment include us conservatives who want to secure our Constitution?

    September 12, 2007 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  22. Cary -Lowell, IN

    Fred has the crucial trait that Presidents need- gravity. But he can also swing a sense of humor. He's the closest to Reagan you can get.

    September 12, 2007 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  23. Jeff, Houston, Texas

    I warned you guys. This guy has the right appeal to all the wrong people. Be frightened. And get used to his face. You think George wants to RULE instead of GOVERN, just wait for this guy. Hope you look good in a brown shirt.

    September 12, 2007 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  24. Andrew Today, Cincinnati, OH

    Actually, you're misinterpreting what Thompsom said. He said Saddam "HAD certainly had WMDs." That puts it in the past tense, and we all admit that Saddam gassed the kurds, so yeah, he had had WMDs. I don't even care about Thompson, but don't take sound bites out of context.

    And while you'r at it, GOOGLE RON PAUL. Read about him. Open your mind and see what is going on here.

    September 12, 2007 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  25. Bill Charleston SC

    Tom (Cherry Point)

    First, thank you for your service Tom. I'm a retired Army noncomm and am grateful for all of you who still serve. Also thanks for clearing up the WMD issue for Paul and Jane.

    Brian (Denver)

    The arsenal from the 80s and 90s is directly revelant to the invasion. Possession was not the entire issue, a good part of it was intent. He wanted the most destructive weapons, and if we had allowed him to continue in power, he would have developed them. And don't think they would have stayed in Iraq. Sadam was a very vindictive individual. After the butt kicking we dealt him in the first gulf war, he would have done anything to retaliate against us, including passing any weapons he developed to terrorists. Common sense.

    September 12, 2007 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
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