December 28th, 2007
11:25 AM ET
15 years ago

Thompson: Won't be happy with third in Iowa

Watch Thompson on CNN's American Morning Friday.

Watch Thompson on CNN's American Morning Friday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Republican Fred Thompson seems to be raising his expectations in Iowa, telling CNN Friday he would not be happy with a third place finish there.

"I would not be satisfied with third, quite frankly. I think we can do better than that…that's why they play the game," Thompson told CNN's John Roberts. "The pollsters and the experts were wrong in Iowa in 1980, and they were wrong in 1988, and they were wrong in 1994, and the numbers show that a large number of folks in Iowa have not made up their mind."

Most recent polls place Thompson a distant third in the Hawkeye State, behind Mike Huckabee and Mitt Romney. In a L.A. Times/Bloomberg poll released late Thursday, Thompson registered 10 percent among likely GOP caucus goers, compared to Huckabee's 36 percent and Romney's 28 percent.

Thompson is currently on a final campaign blitz of the state, although he recently pulled his television advertising there.

- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

Filed under: Fred Thompson • Iowa • Mike Huckabee • Mitt Romney
soundoff (33 Responses)
  1. Ben, Denver CO


    I could not stop laughing at your post. I agree!

    December 28, 2007 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  2. Jackson Maxim

    As President, I want a man who is uncompromising on his core beliefs.
    I TRUST FRED to remain true to his principles.
    Clear. Consistent. Conservative.

    See also: Arrogant, lazy, and keeps a distance from potential supporters. Look at how much disdain he's shown for people in Iowa as of late, for instance. More than a few stories have come out about Thompson rarely coming out of his bus, refusing to walk in the snow, and being so straight he wouldn't even put on a fireman's hat a firefighter offered him for a free photo op. It's like he doesn't even want to be president.

    And Clintonspeak? Are you kidding me? Looking at Paul, it's about as far from Clintonspeak as one gets. If anything, Thompson promotes Bushspeak.

    December 28, 2007 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  3. curtis in WI

    Won;t be happy with 3rd place? Considering that the last poll I saw had him in 5th place in IA, finishing third wouldn't be so bad.

    December 28, 2007 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  4. Amanda, Clinton, MD

    sorry but the Thompson campaign is just wasting money that should be invested somewhere else!

    December 28, 2007 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  5. S Benn

    Fred Thompson got into the race at the right time and is going to surprise most of you,,,that is for sure. He has spelled out specifics on issues like no other candidate and gained respect and praise from conservative newspapers across the nation. Go to and you will change your mind. Fred is in the race because grassroots conservatives approached him when we saw no good candidate and we begged him to run. He agreed because he knows he can make a difference in this great nation. He will secure our borders, save social security, strengthen our armed forces and build a strong economy through lower taxes and fair trade laws. While the other candidates have garbage in their past that is coming to light daily the only remarks you see about Fred are the vague ones like above my post. Go Fred! You are the true consistent conservative that this country is longing for and we appreciate you answering our call!

    December 29, 2007 01:07 am at 1:07 am |
  6. PW Va

    Fred...get ready to get real unhappy!!!

    December 29, 2007 01:33 am at 1:33 am |
  7. Steve

    I would Like to see Fred win. All the Rest of the Republican candidates are still more qualified and better than the Democratic ones

    December 29, 2007 08:08 am at 8:08 am |
  8. Joshe2000

    Fred Thompson unfortunately doesn't have the energy and resolve to win. His last minute effort will not be enough to help him. He may have SOME of the best policies, but we need someone that can articulate them and motivate others to follow him. I do not believe he has the ability to energized the American people to a all degree to follow him.

    December 29, 2007 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
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