December 11th, 2007
11:25 AM ET
13 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. Bob, Syracuse, NY

    Time to abandon all 50 Fred, go home, sit back and watch the slaughter.

    December 11, 2007 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  2. Marshal Phillips, Wichita, Kansas

    Put a fork in Fred; he's done.

    December 11, 2007 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  3. Ali A. Akbar, Texas

    New Hampshire belongs to John McCain.

    Ali A. Akbar

    December 11, 2007 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  4. Ca Native

    Fred – you're a disgrace to the GOP (and I'm a conservative!!). Aside from a few debate quips, the only accomplishment you obtained was repeatedly attacking the other candidates.

    Fortunately, your campaign is lasting about as long as a typical Law & Order episode... 42 minutes excluding advertisements.

    December 11, 2007 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  5. Darius, Hoffman Estates, IL

    His whole campaign is a joke, and he should return all of the money donated to his pathetic run at the most important job in the US. Stick to acting Fred, my 7th grade student council campaign had more organization than your worthless run at the presidency.

    December 11, 2007 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  6. AJ, IL

    This is no fire in Fred to run for President. This is a sure sign of defeat. Giving up on a early primary state? You should let your wife run Fred since she was the one who pushed you out for the GOP race in the first place. This is what happens when you are a wife is about 25 years younger. She has all the energy to new and different things, while Fred just wants to go home and sit on the porch with his grandkids...oops I mean kids.

    December 11, 2007 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |

    OH Get Real! your hit peace on Fred won't work..For NH has not even been looking at Fred to begin with. Fred is doing what is best for his Run. And if I were Fred I'd do it just the same for again NH has not been showing any love what so ever to Fred, they are only looking at Liberal candidates such as Giuliani and Huckabee. NH seems not to care about a real conservative candidates. Get over it and stop with the lame hit peaces!

    December 11, 2007 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  8. Michael, Miami, FL

    Thompson was a joke perpetuated by the neocon media (and they call it the "liberal" media) as the real Democrat slayer, and as soon as he was put on the spotlight he quickly crumbled.

    Now they are doing the same thing with this fool Huckabee, the only thing he has is that he says "God" a lot and a stupid Chuck Norris endorsement as if Huckabee were running as the president of some internet forum... look into this guy and he falls apart faster than a Fiat car. The prominent conservative group "The Club for Growth" is even going to start running attack ads against him, God's sakes.

    Thankfully the only people with a shot at beating the Democrats are McCain and Ron Paul, and the media brushes them aside and belittles any of their accomplishments.

    They have their heads shoved so far up their collective culos to see this.

    December 11, 2007 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  9. Jo R, Buena Park, CA

    I knew he was NO Reagan he was done from the moment he thought of running.

    December 11, 2007 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  10. Chris, Middletown, CT

    I'm a Republican – a moderate. I describe my political stance very much like 70% of the country does – I'm socially liberal...and fiscally conservative (funny that both moderate Democrats and moderate Republicans describe themselves the exact same way) Anyway....tossing parties aside – who speaks to us?? Hillary? Nope....socially liberal...and fiscally liberal (putting forth an entitlement agenda authored by a Marxist – Saul Alinsky) – I really see a combination of left wingers (fiscally and socially liberal) and a combination of right wingers (socially and fiscally conservative) being offered by both parties....there seems to be two candidates who are both fiscally conservative and socially liberal – Ron Paul and Rudy Giuliani – now...Ron Paul is a Libertarian (and I refuse to wear tin foil on my head to block out the evil government) – so...Giuliani is it....he speaks for moderates....

    December 11, 2007 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  11. Greg Meadors, Burbank, CA

    "McCain has integrity"??

    Anyone vaguely familiar with the political career of John McCain knows about the “Keating Five” scandal. For those not clear on the specifics, we’ll do a quick review:

    In the midst of the savings and loan implosion of the 80s, federal auditors begin investigating the practices of S&L magnate Charles Keating. McCain, along with four other Senators, meets with Keating to discuss ways to derail the investigation.
    McCain and his colleagues meet with Ed Gray, the chairman of the regulatory board, and persuade him to delay seizing the S&L.
    Two years later, regulators finally have to seize the S&L for a federal bailout, costing taxpayers $2.6 billion. In the meantime, 17,000 investors in Keating’s S&L lose $190 million.
    For someone with a stainless “reform” halo, McCain looks pretty dirty here. So, what does the “straight-talker” do? Take responsibility? Apologize? Nah:

    McCain defended his attendance at the meetings by saying Keating was a constituent and that Keating’s development company, American Continental Corporation, was a major Arizona employer. McCain said he wanted to know only whether Keating was being treated fairly and that he had not tried to influence the regulators…

    Oh, well we have no problem, then. After all, McCain’s job is to look out for his constituents, right?

    But Keating was more than a constituent to McCain–he was a longtime friend and associate…Keating raised money for McCain’s two congressional campaigns in 1982 and 1984, and for McCain’s 1986 Senate bid. By 1987, McCain campaigns had received $112,000 from Keating, his relatives, and his employees–the most received by any of the Keating Five…

    Okay, so that’s pretty fishy. Still, I guess you could say that just because someone gives you money doesn’t make you best buds…

    After McCain’s election to the House in 1982, he and his family made at least nine trips at Keating’s expense, three of which were to Keating’s Bahamas retreat. McCain did not disclose the trips (as he was required to under House rules) until the scandal broke in 1989…And in April 1986, one year before the meeting with the regulators, McCain’s wife, Cindy, and her father invested $359,100 in a Keating strip mall.

    Cripes! This is some Tom DeLay stuff, folks. So, here we have McCain conspiring with a campaign crony to rip off shareholders and American taxpayers. What does McCain do to atone for his sins?

    …he contributed $112,000 (the amount raised for him by Keating) to the U.S. Treasury.

    Oh, thanks John. Now, according to my calculations, you only owe American taxpayers about $2,599,880,000.00. We’d like that in cash, please.

    December 11, 2007 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  12. TacomaJoe, Washington State

    I'm not sure why there's so much hatred towards Thompson.

    First, New Hampshire has been irrelevant as far as choosing a GOP nominee for the past 20 years. And this year, their already meager delegation is set to be cut in half.

    Second, for all the talk of Fred being lazy, there is very little evidence supporting such assertions. The man was a federal prosecutor in his late 20s; he was minority counsel to the Watergate committee at a very young age; Thompson helped bring down a corrupt governor; He wrote a book on government waste after serving two terms in the Senate; And Thompson has worked in factories, as a bouncer, and a myriad other regular jobs. His resume is not that of a lazy man. He may not have the spark and permasmile you see on the other candidates. But I'd rather have someone who knows what's going on, than someone who can tell a good joke and seems like a really nice guy.

    As a candidate? He received praise from the publications across the political spectrum (Washington Post, National Review) for his plan addressing Social Security. He has been the only candidate, on either side of the aisle, to address this issue. And it is an issue you can rest assured will become key, if not in this election, in the next one. People in their late 20s like me are not going to stand by the rest of our lives seeing hundreds of dollars stripped from our paychecks every month for a compulsory retirement system that will be bankrupt before we hit our 50s.

    In addition to his social security plans, Thompson has proposed comprehensive and intelligent policies regarding: (1)the reformation of our tax system (which gives more breaks to the middle class); (2)the rebuilding of our military; and (3) the enforcement of our borders and our duly-enacted immigration laws.

    Say what you will with your worn-out geritol jokes, and your lurch jokes. But the man is an intellectual powerhouse, and understands what our nation needs right now: a complete overhaul of a bloated and corrupt federal government, and a return of power to the states pursuant to the Constitution.

    At least maybe you Thompson haters could come up with some fresh material. The stick a fork in him/geritol/is he awake jokes are getting stale.

    December 11, 2007 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  13. trent porter, tx

    Fred Thompson is just another distraction from real candidates who can actually bring us change... (cough:::RONPAUL::cough)

    December 11, 2007 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  14. EB Rideout, Georgia

    Well, the second coming of Christ certainly fizzled, didn't it Fred?

    You crashed and burned before you even got off the ground.........that must be a record in itself.

    OK, who's next to embarrass the GOP?

    December 11, 2007 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  15. Mike, Albany NY

    "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."

    It was Nixon that was quoted calling him lazy and stupid. This guy is a joke like the rest of the field.

    December 11, 2007 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  16. Mike, Albany NY

    "Giuliani is it….he speaks for moderates…."

    This is funny. He would be the closest thing we have ever had to Stalin. He cleaned up the streets of NYC with billy clubs. Giuliani is a fascist plain and simple. I can't wait until the FDNY swiftboats his candidacy.

    December 11, 2007 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  17. Santosh-Phila

    To TacomaJoe, Washington State :

    Good posting, I think in essence, Thompson is one of those people who aren't good at the political campaigning part but may be very good at the governance part. But my thinking has been for some time now that he may be vouching for a vice-Presidential nod. In many ways, he could be to Huckabee or Giuliani what Cheney was to Bush, a very knowlegable and experienced veteran in government who doesn't enjoy the campaigning part. And he could keep the conservative base intact for the Presidential candidate also.

    December 11, 2007 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  18. RB, from the bay state

    If he's too lazy to campaign how in the world could he expect to run the country?

    He expected to be annointed just like "W" was, but this time he figured wrong.

    So long, Fred.

    Go back down to those southern gun shows and tell 'em again that you're in paradise. That'll get a few locals to vote for you.

    December 11, 2007 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  19. Greg , ashburn VA

    does fred jump out of 08 race before first primary?

    December 11, 2007 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  20. Scott, Darien IL

    This sounds like Ronald Reagan in 1976 against Gerald Ford, who abandoned New Hampshire to run in Iowa. Had he not done this he may have been able to defeat a sitting president in the primary.

    December 11, 2007 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  21. Eric, Marcellus, NY

    This should increase Ron Paul's chances of winning in NH.
    For Life
    For Liberty
    For Freedom
    For America

    Ron Paul

    December 11, 2007 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  22. Bill, Kansas City, MO

    Thanks TacomaJoe. Thompson knows he doesn't need New Hampshire. His message is getting out. What is funny is that the Ron Paul people are all over blogosphere. Its funny, why don't they just vote for Hillary. Same thing. Anyway, Thompson is doing the right thing.

    December 11, 2007 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  23. ChrisB

    People of limited insight have written off Fred Thompson. These are the same type of people who wrote off Ronald Reagan, and declared Adlai Stevenson the winner way back when. Fred Thompson is the only common sense candidate on either side of this race, and if we do not (all) choose him as our leader, we may well set ourselves irreversably down a very dark road.

    Hail to the Chief!

    December 11, 2007 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  24. Nick, Los angeles CA

    This guy is the worst. The only thing prunes are good for is going to the bathroom.

    December 11, 2007 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  25. Ryan O. Wilmington, DE

    Go back to Law & Order, Fred!

    And if they won't have you, maybe you can do celebrity "Deal or No Deal" next year.

    December 11, 2007 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
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