October 18th, 2007
07:50 AM ET
15 years ago

Is Fred Thompson's star fading?

Was Fred Thompson worth the wait? John King reports on how some GOP activists feel about Thompson now.

(CNN) - Fred Thompson's formal entry into the race for the White House was eagerly awaited by many Republicans. Chief National Correspondent John King reports on how Thompson is being received in some of the key, early primary states now that the actor and former U.S. senator is no longer sitting on the side lines.

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Filed under: Fred Thompson • Iowa • New Hampshire • South Carolina
soundoff (32 Responses)
  1. Julie, Boston MA

    Is Fred Thompson's star fading? No. How could it be, he was never burning bright in the first place.

    October 17, 2007 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  2. Kim, Peabody MA

    This Country is Looking for REAL Change, a Defender of the US Constitution, and a Patriot with Moral Integriy.

    This Country needs a Man like Pete Grasso, who will restore FAITH in America.

    Grasso For President: http://www.GrassoForPresident.com

    October 17, 2007 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  3. Kim, Peabody MA

    oops... sorry for the typo - "Integrity" - Going to bed now...

    October 17, 2007 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  4. Hambone James McTarryton, Florida, USA

    I never believed in Halloween until the undead walked the earth. Thank you Fred Thompson!

    October 17, 2007 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  5. Charles from Utah

    You know guys, not one vote has been cast yet, yet all the "wise" do-nothings out there seem to want everyone to think they have it all figured out. Bulls**t on that. Fred Thompson is informed, savvy, and one heck of a lot more viable as a true conservative than the pretender from Massachusetts. Hey, when you start out at the gate placing unrealistic expectations on him, what do you expect? Give the man a chance to do his thing and he'll catch up just fine. I venture to predict that before too long Fred will be putting all the rest of these gentlemen in their places.

    October 17, 2007 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  6. Tricia M Charlottetown PEI

    How can something that was never bright fade? It just gets duller.

    October 17, 2007 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  7. Daniel

    Given that Iowa is polling a strong second in the new Iowa poll released today, I wouldn't count him out just yet.

    October 17, 2007 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  8. Mark R. Fort Lauderdale FL

    It's a pretty bizarre campaign; his entry was delayed for months, then he just doesn't show at events for a weekend, he's obviously uninformed about multiple issues. I think people are just seeing through the hype.

    October 18, 2007 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  9. Colin, Milwaukee WI

    Fred, buddy, I think people got sick of hearing the "Is he going to join the race, is he not?" talk months ago that when you finally decided to join, enough people were already dissatisfied enough to care about you.

    Throw on top of that the rumors (again, rumors, nothing I know for a fact) that you're kind of a lazy Congressman (or Senator), your campaign stops as exciting as bingo night at the local church, and your campaign initiatives have about as much detail as a blank piece of paper.

    October 18, 2007 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  10. Maddoxx, NY,NY

    It has faded already.

    October 18, 2007 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  11. Keith Franklin, Tn

    Ahhhh yes....another true conservative...massive spending and debt...morality issues....shredding the Constitution. Man, I can't wait for that . Maybe he will announce that he is a "compassionate conservative" and totally pander to the religious right. Please pass out barf bags.

    October 18, 2007 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  12. Donald Ramakers, Tustin California

    All you need to know about a Republican candidate's viability is whether or not the media is downplaying him. If they are, such as here, he's doing just fine. By the way, that also indicates whether or not he's really a conservative. Media darling John McCain is the perfect example, as is Giuliani. If either was pro-gun or anti-abortion, they'd never see a positive story about them.

    October 18, 2007 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  13. Cable King Pittsburgh PA

    Do you have to be alive to run for the Presidency?

    October 18, 2007 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  14. Jeff, Raleigh, NC

    Yes he is. As more and more of the GOP see this man for what he really is, it will get worse. He is a fraud. Anyone who parks their luxury car and jumps into a pickup truck to show up at an event in is a loser. Not to mention he is a neo-con globalist (Fred's another member of the CFR just like many other candidates). So he takes his marching orders from the international bankers and corporations.

    October 18, 2007 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  15. bret, atl, ga

    Fred Thompson talks like he's on quaaludes. Not so sure that's the kind of president we're looking for.

    October 18, 2007 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  16. Gary, Detroit, Mich.


    All you have to do is be able to fog a mirror. That way you can still be brain dead and become president.

    October 18, 2007 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  17. Steve Wittlake Blaine Washington

    I would rather have Fred Thompson and his beautiful and sexy wife in the White House than the ???? team of Hillary and Bill.

    October 18, 2007 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  18. Steve, Lyons, CO

    Looks like the conservative press is at it again.

    Fred Thompson never HAD a star. He never was a serious candidate. His lame performance during the last debate shows he doesn't even the brains to run.

    A non-candidate drops out.

    October 18, 2007 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  19. Eric Cadow, Houston TX

    Why necessarily compare Thompson to Reagan on the virtues that: 1) He is an entertainer and 2) A conservative / Republican? Reagan spent years and years on the lecture circuit, on the radio, honing his oratory. Where did Thompson learn his? Reagan had two strong terms as governor, when Thompson had one lackluster Senate term. Etc. etc. Anyway, what do we need another Reagan (or another Clinton) for anyway? New leadership for a new era. Go Rudy!

    October 18, 2007 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  20. Dan, Starkville, MS

    "Give the man a chance .. and he'll catch up just fine."

    Honestly, shouldn't anybody running for the most powerful office in the world be ahead of everyone else, not having to "do his thang and catch up"? This is the problem with the GOP candidates, they don't know anything. They know demagogy and that's about it.

    Contrast someone like Al Gore, who may be boring, but he sure as hell knows what he's talking about, or John Edwards, Obama, and even Hillary Clinton, with Fred Thompson, who relies on his folksy accent and fake transportation to con the people into thinking he would be a good leader. Haven't we already suffered through over 6 years of this already?

    Who knows what kind of world this current president will leave us when he leaves office. We need a new president who has a full command of facts, logic, and patience, not another fool. The next president may have to avert a disaster like World War III, if the current fool hasn't started it already by 2009.

    October 18, 2007 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  21. David, Gilbert Arizona

    The democrats say Fred is fading but they don't get to vote for Fred in the primaries anyway so who cares what the democrats say at this point?

    Most of the people who insult Fred are nothing more than democratic sheeple blindly following Hillary as she leads them off the steep cliff into oblivion.

    October 18, 2007 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  22. James, New York, NY

    Mike Huckabee is the true conservative and is in a virtual tie with Thompson for 2nd. Now that sambrownback has dropped out, it's time for Fred to do the same!!

    October 18, 2007 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  23. SEP, Phoenix AZ

    Fred who?

    October 18, 2007 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  24. The Marshal, Wichita, Kansas

    Fred's political slogan:
    Do Not Disturb

    October 18, 2007 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  25. Constance Houston, TX

    Posted by Dan, Starkville, MS
    "We need a new president who has a full command of facts, logic, and patience, not another fool. The next president may have to avert a disaster like World War III, if the current fool hasn't started it already by 2009."

    So tell me who that is because I've watched the Democratic debates on YouTube and wasn't impressed with any of them either. Hillary is only famous because of her husband, Obama because of his race, and all of them are making promises they won't keep. They're ALL politicians, so don't think for a second that anyone is going to do what they say they will do.

    The best bet is to consider who you want to hear your lying from over the next 4 years. Clearly hearing them from a bumbling idiot has not done us any good the past 6 years.

    October 18, 2007 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
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