December 11th, 2007
11:25 AM ET
15 years ago

Fred Thompson is done with New Hampshire

Thompson has no events scheduled in New Hampshire through the end of the year.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Fred Thompson has decided to abandon the Granite State, and will campaign in Iowa full-time until the January 3 caucuses.

The former Tennessee senator is planning to begin a bus tour of the Hawkeye State next week that will run through the end of the year, with a brief break for the Christmas holiday, campaign spokesman Jeff Sadosky tells CNN.

A "strong finish" in Iowa "will allow us to springboard into South Carolina, Florida and the rest of the February 5 states in a very strong position," said Sadosky.

The move represents an about-face from Thompson's position as recently as last month, when the New York Times reported that he responded to complaints from New Hampshire voters that he hadn’t spent enough time there with promises to visit "early and often."

Thompson is running fifth in New Hampshire in the latest Mason-Dixon poll of GOP primary voters, released Sunday. That same survey showed him in third place in Iowa, with 11 percent of the vote, and fourth in a very competitive South Carolina race, with 14 percent.

- CNN’s Rebecca Sinderbrand

Filed under: Fred Thompson • New Hampshire
soundoff (79 Responses)
  1. Jamie St. Paul, MN

    Wow, I see a lot of people mocking and criticizing Fred Thompson here, but as I look over the comments, I don't see anything with substance, and for that you should be afraid if you have nothing to stand on. The man has a rock solid platform, and I don't hear anyone criticizing where he stands politically.

    Fred Thompson has the best platform out there, and he has my vote. I hope to see him walk on to success in 2008 as our next president.

    December 13, 2007 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  2. janice besche

    I guess you all don't get it. Dont want to get it. Hope knowone else gets it either. Just another Dewy/Trueman headline to come!

    Go Fred Go!!!!!

    December 13, 2007 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  3. R. Poore, Epping, NH

    It's interesting to note that of 77 comments posted right now, only two (not including me) come from people in New Hampshire. That's an interesting statistic. I also note that, of the 75 remaining, there are only a few who truly have anything worthwhile to say.
    As a currently undecided NH Republican voter, I can't say I blame Mr. Thompson for his decision. I have been watching the political scene in the state for some years now, and have noticed the fact that NH is slowly being inundated with a flood of liberals and "free thinkers" from other states. This in turn has changed the true political landscape of the state, and has influenced the margins in favor of those polls that have been taken. A poll only reflects what the people taking it want it to. It only shows what those who want to say something to the poll taker have to say. They are not even remotely accurate. What make them accurate are those who see the results and figure there is nothing they can do. It's a done deal.
    Of course, if you check the red/blue maps of more recent elections, you will also note that NH has several times stood alone in New England. Why? Because those who are more serious about actually being a part of the election process, and not so much about trying to influence others on how they should vote, come out when the time comes.
    If Mr. Thompson feels that the tide is against him in NH, then it is for him to decide. If a candidate feels that they have already done what they can, not much unlike an Emergency Surgeon, sometimes it's better to move on to a place where they can help.
    Elections should be based on the credibility, ideas and ideals of the candidate. The question every voter should ask is "Do I think this person can run the country based on its foundational beginnings and on what's good for everyone", not "Is this guy going to do what I want him to do". An Election certainly should not be decided on how many times he has come around shaking hands and peddling a vote. The message of a candidate should be the same regardless of where they are campaigning, and not change depending on who they are campaigning to.
    So, for whomever you may be pining over as your candidate, try listening to what they have to say. Be it Thompson, Huckabee, Clinton or Obama, let their actions speak for them. Be a part of the solution, not a part of the problem. Vote based on the issues and your conscience, not on what others say you should.
    God Bless America.

    December 24, 2007 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  4. Anita, Livingston, Texas

    Very well said, R. Poore.

    All this Fred bashing from people who have not even read what he has accomplished in his political career. Accomplished is the key word here, can Clinton or Obama say this? NO! Sure he is a dark horse for now, but the true voters are watching closer than you think. What I see on here is a bunch of liberals doing what they do best, crying, instead of checking out the candidates and judging them on what they have done in their political career. So what if Fred is married to a younger woman, good for him. I think some on here are jealous. She would make a lovely first lady. I know I would rather see her represent our country than that wrinkled up flip-flopper, with no accomplishments with Bill hanging on to her skirt-tail. We've had enough of the Clintons. Time for a change.

    Fred will protect this country and try and bring us back together as One Nation Under God.

    Go to his webpage and read up on him, instead of just making up your on ideas of him.

    I will vote for Fred Thompson on his stance.

    December 27, 2007 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
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