October 9th, 2007
06:45 PM ET
15 years ago

Thompson: Race was boring without me

Fred Thompson made a quip about his delayed timing in entering the GOP presidential race.

(CNN) - When asked at Tuesday's GOP debate in Dearborn, Michigan, if he tossed his hat in the ring too late, former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson said he had no regrets about his late entry into the race.

"I’ve enjoyed watching these fellas,” he said. “I gotta admit, it was getting a little boring without me.”

He also said the timing of his entry “seems about right to me.”

–CNN Assignment Editor Katy Byron

Filed under: Fred Thompson • Michigan
soundoff (46 Responses)
  1. Stella M. Rice, Carbondale, Il 63903

    I can't believe that of all the people in America – that the republicans can't find a better person than Rudy G – -can you tell I don't like him?

    October 9, 2007 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  2. frank Honolulu HI

    Boring? Fred is going to spice it up? That would be like adding salt to Salt Lake. Unbelievable.

    October 9, 2007 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  3. Seekster, Arlington, TX

    That was great. The GOP candidates just have a good time. They joke when its appropriate but are also serious about the issues. The Dems just recite the same boring lines over and over.

    With Thompson in, the race really is much more interesting.

    October 9, 2007 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  4. Mike, Milwaukee, WI

    Sen. Thompson must mean the race is boring with him in it. He must not know how many Democrats are praying that he is the nominee so that Sem. Clinton can cakewalk back into the White House.

    October 9, 2007 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  5. Jeff Richards WA

    Who is he kidding? He has no enthusiasm and I get tired, bored and depressed just watching him. I honestly thought the race for '08 hit a lull when he jumped in. He makes me depressed. Where is that fire and happiness and enthusiasm for this great nation. Where is Reagan?

    October 9, 2007 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  6. Robert, Shelton CT

    Boring? Has he heard himself talk, I know how we can put our children to bed now, forget the fairytales and the Hardy Boys....heres Fred Thompson.

    October 10, 2007 12:22 am at 12:22 am |
  7. Bradley Schaubs, Greeley, CO

    He waited until fall to join the presidential ratrace; he'd been testing the waters since spring. Many debates have taken place during his brief time as a candidate; this is his first. I for one do not want a president who's going to drag his feet on everything. We need actions to be effective immediately, not at the president's convenience.

    October 10, 2007 12:33 am at 12:33 am |
  8. bobbysingleton, Philadelphia, PA

    Fred who?

    How much more boring does it get?

    October 10, 2007 12:37 am at 12:37 am |
  9. Mrs. America

    We need a president who has a larger vocabulary than Thompson has.

    October 10, 2007 01:32 am at 1:32 am |
  10. Mike, Cleveland, Ohio

    Since CNN deleted my previous comment, I'll repost:

    "I’ve enjoyed watching these fellas,” he said. “I gotta admit, it was getting a little boring without me.”

    Fred, that a pretty arrogant statement, so far most of these other candidates still have more substanace than you.

    October 10, 2007 02:30 am at 2:30 am |
  11. Anonymous

    That's a set up if I've ever heard one.

    Um.. Fred... the race IS BORING WITH YOU!!!!! Since you've been here, I've been assslllleeppppp!!!!

    October 10, 2007 05:09 am at 5:09 am |
  12. Darryl Schmitz, St. Johns MI

    I know this is a duplicate of my post under the ticker report about the debate, but it probably would have been better to post it here:
    It's interesting that on CBS's morning program, there was a lot of analysis about how Fred Thompson failed in his attempts to appear presidential and clips of Giuliani and Romney shoveling it back and forth, but very little about how much more presidential and focused on simply answering the questions the so-called lower tier candidates were. The front-runners seem to be trapped in a world of childish bickering and sound bites.

    October 10, 2007 07:41 am at 7:41 am |
  13. AJ; Montpelier, VT

    He's right, it was getting a little boring. Now it's like watching the Three Stooges. Much more comic and entertaining!!

    October 10, 2007 08:08 am at 8:08 am |
  14. Mary, Beaver, PA


    October 10, 2007 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  15. r schier norwalk,ct

    Thompson's certainly right on the mark. Now there's a quality comedian amongst the bunch. All the others are
    likely more frightening, than they are boring. Thompson is definately hilarious, as well as frightening....

    October 10, 2007 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  16. pat, huntington, ny

    but the world will be a better place withtout you in it freddy

    October 10, 2007 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  17. Marcus Chester VA

    Fred Thompson is a moron. His campaign slogan should be, "You don't know? Well, neither do I."

    October 10, 2007 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  18. Kate, Aurora CO

    Talk about boring. He is using the same ploy Bush used to get elected only this "family values" guy is divorced with adult children and a new wife who is old enough to be his daughter. Not only that but he has two young kids who he probably won't live to see get married or even graduate highschool. I am not judging him but pointing out the hypocracy. Don't run on a family values platform when your own home is questionable.

    October 10, 2007 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  19. anon, new york, NY

    Versus Giuliani, Thompson is supposed to represent more the "true" republican core values. They are DUMB & DUMBER in my book.

    October 10, 2007 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  20. gK

    Hes like well.no vocaulary how did you ever get in tv,and when nixon said you were dumb i think he is right.

    October 10, 2007 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  21. don Mississauga

    Boring without you.
    More boring after you joined

    October 11, 2007 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
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