October 18th, 2007
02:30 PM ET
15 years ago

Thompson touts conservative credentials

Fred Thompson campaigned outside of Atlanta Thursday as his wife, Jeri, looked on.

KENNESAW, Georgia (CNN) - Sharpening his rhetoric against Republican opponents Rudy Giuliani and Mitt Romney, presidential contender Fred Thompson said Thursday he had a long-standing conservative record before challengers were "talking the talk."

Thompson spoke to reporters as he picked up endorsements from three elected county officials in Georgia's Cobb County - a heavily Republican area in the northern Atlanta suburbs. Underscoring the theme of the trip, Thompson was introduced as "the only conservative who can beat Hillary Clinton."

The former Tennessee senator blasted rivals for previous stands on abortion and immigration, telling the crowd in an airport hanger, "I was walking the walk" on conservative issues while others weren't even talking the
talk yet."

Thompson said that while in the Senate he had opposed cities that declared themselves sanctuaries for illegal immigrants at the same time, he said, Giuliani allowed that action as mayor of New York City.

Romney has tried to make an issue of Giuliani's position, but Thompson said the former Massachusetts governor "didn't say anything about sanctuary cities until recently."

Appealing for conservative support, he told the gathering he had a 100 percent record opposing abortion rights, saying of his rivals, "I'll ask anybody to compare their record with mine in terms of where they were yesterday, where they are today, and more importantly, where they'll be tomorrow. You can look and see where a fellow is liable to go in the future based on where he's been in the past."

Thompson is in Atlanta raising money at several private afternoon events.

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soundoff (19 Responses)
  1. Val Davydov, Agawam, MA

    Fred just needs to drop out – he's got no chance whatsoever! He is too lazy for running our country – just fade away Fred.

    October 18, 2007 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  2. LooseyGoosey

    How about a little more focus on her and less on him..

    October 18, 2007 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  3. Sherry AllOver Texas

    "You can look and see where a fellow is liable to go in the future based on where he's been in the past."- Freddy T.

    So Freddy what does this mean since you worked as a lobbyist for a Pro Choice group AND as counsel for the Libyan Terrorists responsible for the bombing of Pan Am flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland? It means you are either A). NOT the TRUE CONSERVATIVE you are posing as or B). You are a true conservative, but your "Great Republican Values" can be bought and sold by anyone with the right amount of $$$.

    Either way you're a loser.

    October 18, 2007 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  4. jay, Snellville, GA

    So when he voted to expand NAFTA and destroy America's soveriegnty in the past, that means he'll do it in the future?

    There is only one REAL conservative in this race. Thompson it AIN'T!

    October 18, 2007 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  5. Lou Dobbs, Plano TX

    Haha! This lazy guy is confused about how to stop the cold war and improve relations with the Soviet Union!

    October 18, 2007 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  6. Frank, Sayre, PA

    Go Fred go!

    October 18, 2007 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  7. Dave, Red State, USA

    Better to give up now, Fred. Hillary Clinton would mop the FLOOR with you. I don't even support her, and I'm telling you this as fact.

    October 18, 2007 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  8. Elizabeth, NJ

    This guy claims to have a pro-life record, not mentioning that he lobbied for the National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association, which supports abortion rights. How can you work for a group that promotes abortions and truly be pro-life?

    He says that he disagreed with them, but I contend that a truly pro-life person would never do something for monety that would promote abortion.

    October 18, 2007 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  9. Ethan, Los Angeles, CA

    Go Fred! You are making it easier for Dr. Paul to get the GOP nomination!

    The only one who can beat Hillary? R U on druggs? America wants to end the war. Hillary wants to end it, at least that is what she says. You want to expand it and spend spend spend...

    You don't stand a chance in hell based on your stances. This is not a popularity contest. http://www.RonPaul2008.com

    October 18, 2007 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  10. Anthony, Jasper,IN

    This man's candidacy is a disppointment in the making and has been since people started talking him up. He looks like George Bush (the wrinkled, confused father) and talks like George Bush (the younger, incompetent son). Isn't it sad that the Republican Party and the hpyocritical "moral majority" has to do a country-wide search to find a candidate who can serve a s poster child for thier irrelevant causes and all they've come up with is this mess? When will that side realize that most of America doesn't really care about these so-called "moral social issues" that they champion. We care about getting a good return on our tax dollars so that ALL Americans benefit, being secure and given quick attention in times of disaster and danger, fair and equal justice under the law, and quick convenient services from our government. Who cares about Fred Thompson and his opinions on abortion, gay marriage, etc. He's was a poor actor and won't be able to play the part of President very well. Mitt Romney said it best, "It's like an episode of Law & Order,...Fred Thompson doesn't show up until the end." Fortunately, this time, it has worked in America's favor...he's waited too late. He's a fumbling, babbling idiot who just wants to do something new. Sorry Fred, your Presidency won't go any further than a low-budget movie on the Lifetime Network. LOL

    October 18, 2007 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  11. Anonymous

    I didn't realize tha conservative translated into "lazy", "uninformed", "greedy" and "two faced."

    October 18, 2007 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  12. Go back to acting

    Hey Fred, how long ago should Romney have said something about sanctuary cities? Is there some time test that would get your approval? You've got a pretty cheap argument there. You want to talk about "recent" things? How about your own entrance to the race? That seems to be pretty recent. Your late entrance to the race, only to begin citing the same national challenges all the other candidates have already made campaigns around, only makes you just as guilty about any "recent" statements.

    October 18, 2007 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  13. dilmont

    What?? He actually showed up?

    October 18, 2007 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  14. Scott Everard Virginia Beach, VA

    Fred is the only conservative running.

    October 18, 2007 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  15. Shawn, NH

    I am a conservative and I like Thompson's conservative views. However, he could use a lot of help as a debater and public speaker. I dislike Hillary Clinton, but I am afraid her skills in these areas would waste Thompsen in a presidential debate.

    October 18, 2007 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  16. Milo Janus

    "I'll ask anybody to compare their record with mine in terms of where they were yesterday, where they are today... just don't do it during the weekend, because I take the weekends off"

    October 18, 2007 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  17. AJ; Montpelier, VT

    Long standing record? And exactly how many terms did you serve in the Senate Freddie?

    October 19, 2007 08:15 am at 8:15 am |
  18. James, Phoenix AZ

    He forgot several important Republican credentials:

    -Gun nut
    -Gay hater
    -Personal rights violator
    -Religious fanatic
    -Will do anything to discredit or destroy those who don't believe in their cause.

    October 19, 2007 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  19. Michael Ray Thompson

    Dear Republican Primary paricipant,
    It is my intention to support Fred Thompson for President. He is a guinuine, longtime conservative. He is more in line with Ronald Reagan than any of the other candidates running. I just hope that the Republican bloodletting is not so severe that whoever our nominee is he will still be strong enough to beat Hillary. Thank you for letting me share my oppinion.

    October 22, 2007 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |