November 6th, 2007
02:30 PM ET
15 years ago

Thompson to launch ads in Iowa

NEWTON, Iowa (CNN) - Republican Fred Thompson's presidential campaign is set to hit Iowa airwaves with two new television ads Wednesday, aiming to tout the conservative credentials of the actor and former senator from Tennessee. 

Both ads are titled "Consistent Conservative" and are set to run nationally on Fox News in addition to local Iowa television stations. In a 60-second version, Thompson highlights his Senate career and anti-abortion record.

"In eight years in the United States Senate, I fought for tax cuts, and for conservative judges," Thompson says in the ad. "And I'm proud to have had a 100 percent pro-life voting record."

A shorter 30-second version of the ad is also set to run.

"Common sense conservative principles," Thompson says in both ads. "If we stick to those basic principles, we'll win next November and the United States of America will be better for it."

Thompson's ads come two days after he said on NBC's Meet the Press he would not support a constitutional amendment banning abortions. Thompson said the issue should be left up to the individual states.

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soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. Anonymous

    Is this guy still in the race?

    I thought he slept through the filing period.

    November 6, 2007 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  2. Kim, Midland MI

    It's just plain old pandering when all the Republican's seem to do is argue about who is most "conservative?"

    How about what YOU would do? I saw Fred on the Sunday morning talking head shows, and while he is obviously intelligent and well spoken, he talked mostly about what should be done, not what he would do.

    However, he seemed pretty adament and level headed when he talked about states rights, and how un-practical it would be to try to lock people up for things like abortions or gay marriage.

    Can you be a card carrying conservative but not try to force other people to your will?

    November 6, 2007 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  3. Connie, Tn.

    Let's see if he can fool the people in Iowa like he did the people in Tennessee while he was in the Senate. Go back to acting, Fred.

    November 6, 2007 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  4. Daniel, NY

    Thompson should really activate his campaign ASAP, as he is looking increasingly weaker in election polls - for example in a general election poll from Kentucky out the otehr day in which he is much much weaker than the GOP can afford to be.

    November 6, 2007 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  5. Dan, Saint Louis, MO

    I'm guessing his ad won't mention all the lobbying he did for PLANNED PARENTHOOD.

    November 6, 2007 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  6. Robert, Shelton, CT

    He needs more ads ASAP, in order to revibe his campaign he needs to hit Giuliani and Romney hard, now!

    November 6, 2007 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  7. Matt, Manchester, CT

    I'm very happy Kim from MI educated us on the ways in which a Republican might pander. So regardless if it's true in practice, one of the core principles of the GOP had always been a belief in conservatism. Perhaps she can clarify if she thinks that a candidate trying to cast himself as most in the image of the core party principle is pandering any moreso than when Democrats consistently lick the labor unions' boots.

    November 6, 2007 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  8. Jeff, Salt Lake City, UT

    To Fred Thompson, you can't buy Iowa, you can't even rent Iowa!

    November 6, 2007 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  9. Ronald L.A., California

    Mr. Thompson, once the white knight of the G.O.P. centrists, seems to have lost his way and, as a result, any momentum upon which he could have relied to be considered a viable candidate. That train has left the station....

    November 6, 2007 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  10. D. Endo, Honolulu HI

    Fred Thompson should stick to acting. He's no Reagan...which isn't saying much. Reagan was way over-rated as he was asleep during his presidency as much as G.W. Bush has been on vacation.

    November 7, 2007 12:20 am at 12:20 am |
  11. Alice Newman Center Harbor NH

    "Conservative principels? Common sense?"
    yadda- yadda- yadda ... we've had 6 years of what was promised to be conservative principels, ethics, common sense, fiscal responsibility and toss in God for good measure.

    Just look at the recent past ... to all those who are promising conservative common sense, that's my clue to vote for someone else! Been there, done that and have the t-shirt (although Bush thugs won't let me wear it)

    November 7, 2007 07:55 am at 7:55 am |