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Breitbart.tv Lands Fred Thompson Interview

Jeff Jarvis

Breitbart.com -- from Andrew Breitbart, pal of online news kingmaker Matt Drudge -- launches a new internet TV "channel" with an exclusive interview with the shadow candidate, Fred Thompson. Scott Baker, a former news anchor and now online TV entrepreneur, interviews Thompson right after the Republican debate, which he says he didn't watch. There's no "if" about his running in this.

"It ain't my first rodeo," Thompson says, using one of his many downhomeisms, as he shrugs off the rough handling presidential candidates can get. "We're talking about the future of the country here, not somebody's hurt feelings."

Asked about his apparently relaxed attitude about entering the race, Thompson says, "I've never casually run for anything. . . . I'm kind of a laid-back guy. . . . I'm not going to argue about the extent or location of the fire in my belly. . . . I will just point out that I've never lost an election." He says he has no desire to win a primary and not in November. "I'm not interested in being the tallest midget in the race."

About the internet and campaigns: "It can be aggravating at times to have that much intrusiveness. But I think you've got to know what you stand for and what you believe and stick to it and be consistent with what you say and you won't get caught in too many embarrassing situations, I think." The internet could be the key change that lets him win. "It is extremely important. I've got my own website. . . It gives me an opportunity to talk with people in a way I never had before. . . . It's a cliche, kind of, talking about going around the inside-the-Beltway crowd but it's going around the inside-the-Beltway crowd, talking directly to the American people in numbers that are unheard of. If I'm successful in what I'm doing here . . . it'll in large part be because of that. Because I'm already going against the rules in my timing and what I'm saying. . . ."

Oh, yes, and they mention issues: national security, entitlements, immigration, and those Hollywood celebrities going to Cuba.

-- Jeff Jarvis

By washingtonpost.com Editors |  May 8, 2007; 12:40 PM ET Fred Thompson
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