December 11th, 2007
11:25 AM ET
12 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. summus

    This guy is just waiting to for this thing to be over. Next time he should make his wife run.

    December 11, 2007 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  2. Mike USMC 95-99

    i think he's just done...

    December 11, 2007 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  3. Wayne, Greenville TX

    A sure sign that Freddie Boy see his campaign going down in flames.....

    December 11, 2007 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  4. Bubba, Swainsboro GA

    Try Geritol, Freddie. You've got iron-poor, tired blood.

    . . . or something.

    December 11, 2007 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  5. William Smith,, Manchester, NH

    In order to abandon the Granite State, Fred Thompson might actually have to have made a real effort to come here in the first place.

    His campaign manager, Bill Lacy, said the following to, "We have invested hardly any resources in New Hampshire. We felt from the beginning, John, that Iowa was more oriented towards Fred's personal style, his Southern roots, the fact that Iowa is more of a small town state similar to Tennessee in many respects."

    Fred never planned on coming to New Hampshire all that often. It's too bad he didn't copy his supporters here on the memo.

    December 11, 2007 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  6. Jack, Atlanta, GA

    Yep. That's about it for Fred. I have to say, I fell for the media storm around him earlier in the spring. It was the first real media dupe of the year, and I fell for it. They portrayed him as an unbeatable Reagan reincarnation. Then they sacked him. Interestingly enough, the first that I heard of his "laziness" was from the ubiquitous Clinton-basher, Dick Morris. I think Morris is supporting Rudy and Huckabee. That guy is scum, so I'm not surprised that he would try to sabotage a campaign even before its launch. That's not to say that I am a Fred fan–I could care less to see his campaign go down in flames. McCain is the only Republican candidate with any sort of combination of integrity and experience.

    December 11, 2007 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  7. Daniel, NY

    Thompson really has no hope of getting anywhere at this point. He was regularly a strong second nationally until yesterday when two new national primary polls showed him fifth in single-digits...

    December 11, 2007 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  8. Greg , ashburn VA


    December 11, 2007 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  9. Alan Rindge, New Hampshire

    It's time to start looking for another TV contract Fred.

    December 11, 2007 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  10. Andrew Smith, Haslett, MI

    That's right, Fred. Go back to Hollywood! Stick the fork in him, he's done.

    New Hampshire belongs to Ron Paul!

    December 11, 2007 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  11. Tony, Wilton, ME

    Running for President is just something to do while the writers are on strike.

    December 11, 2007 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  12. Bob,nevada

    Bye Thompson. Thank you for being real with yourself....

    December 11, 2007 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  13. chris sc

    how many criminals has he pardoned?

    December 11, 2007 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  14. Greg , ashburn VA

    SO when does Dred give The Jumping out of 08 race announcement??

    December 11, 2007 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  15. rob

    Please stay in, Fred! We Democrats get a boost in the polls whenever you open your mouth. And if you're the nominee, it would be the biggest walk in history. Dennis Kuchinch could beat you!

    December 11, 2007 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  16. Mike S., New Orleans, Louisiana

    Say good night Fred. Too little, too late, and way too lame.

    December 11, 2007 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  17. HK, Grand Canyon, AZ

    The whole Fred Thompson thing is SO funny! In lieu of digging up Ray-Gun they drag this half-dead neanderthal out and he tanks!

    December 11, 2007 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  18. Dennis R. Knoxville, TN

    Fred was not much of a Senator, he pretty much worked when he wanted. My advice to Fred is that he should not have given up his "day job". Fred likes to talk about being a Washington outsider, however if you look at his record, outside of his acting, he had made his living by being in, near, or around Washington insiders or connected to Congress.

    December 11, 2007 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  19. Mike S., New Orleans, Louisiana

    It will be interesting to see who Lurch endorses after he drops out. I'm sure it will either be the LDS or the Baptists, not sure which.

    December 11, 2007 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  20. Sean

    Fred who?

    December 11, 2007 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  21. A, Cincinnati, OH

    Fred is cooked. What else would you expect from a "Hollywood celebrity elite". Also, Ron Paul is having more success in NH, nice to see!!!

    December 11, 2007 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  22. Joel, Detroit MI

    Ugh, Thompson is so lazy! How does he think he'll ever be president?

    He's such a joke, a lazy lazy joke.

    December 11, 2007 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  23. Christian, Tampa FL

    I hope that Fred realizes that the south doesn't have nearly the pull it used to, and that most of the country is pretty tired of people like him and Bush.

    December 11, 2007 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  24. Mark Dover, Delawatre

    When exactly did Fred enter the race?

    December 11, 2007 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  25. Chance, Waldorf, MD

    Several pundits claimed Thompson didn't have the fire you need for a campaign run. Looks like they might be right. Abandoning a state might be a tactically sound decision, but it is strategically unwise.

    December 11, 2007 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
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