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. Ron, Savannah, GA

    Thompson is toast, but Huckabee is unelectable as well. The Republicans need to win in November, not just in Iowa. Romney is the ONLY viable Republican choice left.

    December 11, 2007 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  2. X x

    Enough with Huckathompson overload!

    How about a story about campaign contributions from the U.S. Military?

    Or is that not allowed because it would put a certain candidate from Texas in a positive light?

    December 11, 2007 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  3. Chris C/S, CO

    Is it called the granite state as a description of the landscape or a definition of their thought process??

    December 11, 2007 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |

    Tacoma Joe, it's not hatred of Thompson, it's lack of interest. He has no political philosophy, no reason why he should be President, got in late, hasn't done much since he's been in, and for the life of me, I can't figure out what typeof CONSISTENT views he has held. Like most politicians it depends on what crowd they are speaking to, as to what they believe at that moment.
    I tired of fishing in the toilet for the least offense turd available.

    No republican or democrat is worth voting for. They are all a joke–maybe with the exception of Ron Paul, but he doesn't stand a chance with the American people because he actually has principles.

    December 11, 2007 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  5. RonPaulForTheLongHaul

    New Hampshire abandoned you first Fred.

    December 11, 2007 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  6. Scott

    how many criminals has he pardoned?

    Posted By chris sc : December 11, 2007 11:34 am

    0 because he has no executive experience. Fred needs to be tucked in bed again.

    The candidate with the most execute experience = Mike Huckabee, who by the way was just endorsed by the Minute Men Group.

    December 11, 2007 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  7. Darko - New Orleans, LA

    That's all you need to know about Fred. Social Security reform, Taxes, Immigration, Bugdet, Education and Health Care.

    NO OTHER candidate has mentioned social security? Is this not important to everyone?

    Educate yourself and quit following the media machine.

    December 11, 2007 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  8. Tom, Spokane

    The candidate with the most execute experience = Mike Huckabee, who by the way was just endorsed by the Minute Men Group.......

    Actually its the Blue Man Group, because they dont have anything to say

    December 11, 2007 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  9. bukky, balt md

    And they said he was LAZY... HA HA HA

    December 11, 2007 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  10. A Kid in, Omaha, NE

    An actor could never win the presidency anyway. Well, there was that one time...

    December 11, 2007 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  11. ARFisher, Midlothian, VA

    Who has worked the hardest and is the best organized? Organized campaign = organized presidency.

    December 11, 2007 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  12. Bear . Austin, TX

    Don't give up Fred. You're the best candidate in the race. No one else has a plan to tackle these problems.

    December 11, 2007 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  13. J.A.Armfield, Alanson, MI

    Victory! He fears the Ron Paul Blimp!

    December 11, 2007 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  14. Art , Del Mar, CA

    This guy needs a good ol' fashioned meatball sandwich and some Geritol. How does he keep up with that young . hot wife?? Goodnite Fred...

    December 11, 2007 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  15. J Williamson

    Well Fred, if you ad studied political history (instead of those TV scripts) you would have seen this coming. In 1979 EVERYONE loved Ted Kennedy and demanded that he run for president (against a sitting president – Jimmy Carter). It was a slam-dunk – or so it seemed – and Ted did run and sank faster than the stock market of 1929. Why? I think it's just that silly side of human nature; people, often-times, love what they think they can't have, and once they have it, suddenly it doesn't seem so special anymore. Oh well, I do give you credit for trying – and, by the way, have you ever considered doing a re-make of Wizard of Oz? You can be the Wizard – lots of smoke and bluff.

    December 11, 2007 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  16. Jill, LA California

    Wow. Who is Ron Paul, and why are his supporters so angry & annoying?

    December 11, 2007 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  17. Chuck, Miami, FL

    Fred has nobody to blame but himself. This election was giving to him on a silver platter. He waited way too long and he didn't show me anything. I actually had hopes for Fred, but now I am supporting Huckabee. Fred just needs to go home and watch the rest of the compaign over a nice bowl of egg nog.

    December 11, 2007 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  18. GR, Atlanta, GA

    Fred Thompson is irrelevent in this race. He was a Southern option, which is one of the keys to winning any Presidential election. Now, a Southern Governor is surging and we all know that the GOP picks winners. Governors win Presidential elections.

    The top two Republicans are Mitt Romney and Mike Huckabee. One is a flip-flopper, who supports abortion rights one day and does not on the next. The same candidate spent $20M in Iowa and is in 2nd to a guy who hasn't spent $10M nationally. The other is a Baptist minister and is surging without spending any serious money. Go figure. Those Sun Belt Governors are the best and win in both parties.

    Thompson is going to place all of his efforts and money in Iowa. Therefore, he can get out of the race as soon as he finishes a distant 3rd. He only wants to campaign 2 or 3 days per week anyway. Fred Thompson still mentions the Soviet Union. Are you kidding me?

    December 11, 2007 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  19. Blanca DeBree, Fond du Lac, WI

    He might as well just pull out now. His campaign is as dead and dried up as his face. It's over, Fred. Law and Order is on its way out, and so are you. You disappointed all of us Republicans, who hoped you would save us all from the Rudy Monster and the Mitt Menace.

    December 11, 2007 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  20. John Williams, Tulsa Oklahoma

    Nah Nah Nah Nah Hey Hey Hey, Goodbye!

    December 12, 2007 03:00 am at 3:00 am |
  21. Ellen Wrey, Old Orchard beach, ME

    Thompson was only running because his child bride thought the White House would make a nice Barbie dream house for her to play in.

    His heart was never in it to begin with.

    December 12, 2007 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  22. Marc, Lafayette CA

    I wonder how long 'till he's done with the other 49 States? My guess is early Jan. any one else care to guess? Maybe we should start a pool?

    December 12, 2007 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  23. Ryan Indianapolis

    Put a fork in him he is done.

    December 12, 2007 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  24. Angel, Lexington, KY

    I take exception to the statement that McCain is the only candidate with integrity. Dr. Paul has never taken lobby money, voted against the Constitution – even to appease Democrats on charged legislation – and staunchly defends individuals' rights. Even if you don't agree, you must concede it takes courage and integrity to never compromise with your values. More than I believe even I would have.

    December 13, 2007 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
  25. Michael, New York, NY

    He's got no chance. He ran a horrible campaign.

    Back to Law & Order....

    December 13, 2007 01:10 am at 1:10 am |
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