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Fred Thompson: More Than Flirting With Presidential Bid

Looks like Fred Thompson really isn't teasing about possibly running for president.

The actor and former Republican senator from Tennessee was spotted having lunch today at the see-and-be-seen Mayflower hotel restaurant with GOP Party guru Ed Gillespie, the former chairman of the Republican National Committee who has advised and groomed many a successful GOP candidate over the years.

Sources say Thompson, currently of "Law and Order" fame," and Gillespie were locked in a serious conversation, even though they were repeatedly interrupted by conventioneer types - aka, real people - wanting to chat with the actor/politician. No one we spoke with heard the "P" word come out of Thompson's mouth but it appeared the lunch was "intense," according to one source.

Thompson wouldn't be able to hire Gillespie, of Quinn Gillespie and Associates, since Gillespie is chairing the Republican Party of Virginia and, therefore, must remain neutral in the presidential primary. But Gillespie is a friend. The two bonded during the Senate confirmation hearing of now Chief Justice John Roberts - Thompson was Roberts' White House-appointed sherpa; Gillespie was the White House's front man on the confirmation process.

Thompson is probably better known as an actor - click here to see his various roles - than as a politician. But as he said on Fox News Sunday, he's "giving some thought" to jumping into the 2008 GOP presidential primary field in which no clear frontrunner has emerged. A source close to Thompson confirmed that the former senator is "seriously considering it, not just flirting."

Contacted by the Sleuth, Gillespie wouldn't spill the beans on how close he thought Thompson might be to making an announcement or what the Tennessean told him at lunch. He said they "just talked politics in general." Gillespie said while he's "very friendly" with Thompson, he has to "remain neutral" in the presidential sweepstakes on account of his role as chairman of the Virginia GOP party.

But one thing is clear: by reaching out to one of the wise men of the party establishment, Thompson might indeed be fixin -- as they say in Nashville -- to run. And heck, why not, he has a better case than most in the race: at least he played a president in the movies.

By Mary Ann Akers  |  March 26, 2007; 6:23 PM ET
 
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"And heck, why not, he has a better case than most in the race: at least he played a president in the movies."

Mary Ann, unlike many of the complainers on this blog, I think you should stick to the fluff. Serious political analysis isn't your forte. Thompson has zero chance of getting elected, but yeah Republicans, by all means go ahead and nominate him.


Posted by: sonofabastard | March 26, 2007 7:40 PM | Report abuse

Sonofabastard,

I think you will be unpleasantly surprised when you see the groundswell of support for Thompson. The more you write him off, the more surprised you'll be when he becomes a threat to the Democratic contenders.

Posted by: VeryUnPC | March 26, 2007 8:32 PM | Report abuse

Great read and I think Fred can go all the way.

Posted by: Gerry | March 26, 2007 8:35 PM | Report abuse

about time someone like Fed to come along maybe fill Regans shoes. and to stand up to the dems who talk out of the side of their mouth and couldn/t tell the truth if someone had a gun to their heads

Posted by: oiljake | March 26, 2007 8:43 PM | Report abuse

Sonofa - I guess you missed the Rasmussen poll last weekend.

You know, the one that shows Fred Thompson beating Hillary Clinton 44-43. Nationally. without Thompson even being a declared candidate, without a campaign, without ads, etc.

Wake up. Or better yet, just roll back over and go to back sleep on the left, dreaming of impeaching Bush.

Sleep. Just like you did with the last guy like him (Ronald Reagan).

Posted by: Ordinary Colorada | March 26, 2007 8:53 PM | Report abuse

President Fred Thompson... That most assuredly can happen. Republicans will rally to him, Independents will pick him overwhelmingly over Hillary.

Posted by: gitarre | March 26, 2007 9:00 PM | Report abuse

Fred! Fred! Fred!

The grassroots are on fire for Fred. He'd win the Republican primary hands down.

Posted by: Nessuno | March 26, 2007 9:19 PM | Report abuse

Sonofabastard,

I think you will be unpleasantly surprised when you see the groundswell of support for Thompson. The more you write him off, the more surprised you'll be when he becomes a threat to the Democratic contenders.

Posted by: VeryUnPC | March 26, 2007 08:32 PM

I think Hillary is a bigger threat to the real Democratic contenders.
Giuliani is the only Republican who can win the general election.

Posted by: sonofabastard | March 26, 2007 9:38 PM | Report abuse

Another competent actor running for the presidency from the Repuklican party. How's he on lies, violation of the Constitution, torture and illegal spying on Americans. I remember his comment on Law and Order that the question of Ronnie Ray-Gun being involved in drug running as a part of Iran Contra was a fabrication of the lunitic fringe of the left. Guess thats why they wouldn't make the transcripts of that part of the investigation available for public review. Just another Republican who thinks he can hide the truth and it goes away. Seen one, seen them all.

Posted by: Anonymous | March 26, 2007 10:09 PM | Report abuse

When he declares, it's over! It won't even be close. President Fred here we come!

Posted by: Steve Ed | March 26, 2007 11:45 PM | Report abuse

Here's some free advice, Fred. It ain't going to happen. Keep your day job.

Posted by: mikeasr | March 27, 2007 12:19 AM | Report abuse

These Republican grassroots that are on fire... Are they the same grassroots that saved the House and Senate a few months ago or is that a different grassroots?

Posted by: will c | March 27, 2007 1:29 AM | Report abuse

Hopefully, the Dems will nominate Hillary. Then, the Republicans will win with their candidate, whomever he will be.

Posted by: lorddunsmore | March 27, 2007 7:20 AM | Report abuse

Polls show 57% of republicans want more choices. This is a vote for NONE of the above for those currently in the race. Newt is dead after his confession, a couple of weeks ago. Thompson is perfectly possitioned to move in and take over the middle of the party. He has the experience and is viewed as conservative that does not have to contort his voting record to fit the demographics of the Republican party.

In addition, Draft Fred Thompson websites have started popping up on the web and most were created by college students! Both http://www.AnotherRonaldReagan.com and http://www.Fred08.com are excellent examples of this. If he is catching on amoung the young even before he has announced, then this race for the republican nomination is about to change quickly.

Posted by: Philip Bailey | March 27, 2007 8:42 AM | Report abuse

A Giuliani-Thompson ticket is a winner. No one in Washington except Lieberman can tell the truth and live like an honest man (and that includes the women). They would be a breath of fresh air, a team to follow, an unquestionable banner of clear thinking and speaking. Just look at the record. Oh yes, there is one woman, Virginia Fox, but many don't know her name yet.

Posted by: John | March 27, 2007 10:30 AM | Report abuse

thompson makes about as much sense as reagan,
good communicator, articulate, make the left wing of the democratic party look like the two cents they really are.

Posted by: rudolf | March 27, 2007 12:09 PM | Report abuse

"...make the left wing of the democratic party look like the two cents they really are.

Posted by: rudolf | March 27, 2007 12:09
PM

Yeah, darn those Bush hatin', peace lovin', commies! And who needs an environment anyway? Environments are for sissies.


Posted by: sonofabastard | March 27, 2007 12:41 PM | Report abuse

Roll Call says Thompson had lunch at the Mayflower yesterday with good ol' Bill Frist. Did they all have lunch together? I'm confused.

Posted by: abfab | March 27, 2007 1:11 PM | Report abuse

Sonofa is rather dismissive of the Sleuth's skills" in the area of serious political analysis but if his postings here are any indication of Mr. Bastard's own analytical powers, I will stick with Ms. Akers

Posted by: Gerald R Sloan | March 27, 2007 1:46 PM | Report abuse

Run, Fred, Run!!

Posted by: Joe Gallimore | March 27, 2007 3:41 PM | Report abuse

I will stick with Ms. Akers

Posted by: Gerald R Sloan | March 27, 2007 01:46 PM

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Me too. She's the only rightwing blogger who can tolerate dissenting views.

Posted by: sonofabastard | March 27, 2007 4:06 PM | Report abuse

"I remember his comment on Law and Order"
posted by anonymous.

Now that I've picked myself up off the floor, do I really need to remind you that Mr. Thompson's lines in Law & Order were "play-acting" and he was following a script that he was paid to recite? Or would you prefer to continue with your stinkin' thinkin'

Posted by: PattyAnn | March 27, 2007 6:27 PM | Report abuse

At first I didn't take Fred Thompson seriously, but the more I read the "thoughts" of the leftists here, the more I like him.

Fred also "gets it" when it comes to the immigration problem, something the Bushyrovies and greedheads of the Wall Street Journal don't.

Posted by: Nick Byram | March 27, 2007 7:09 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps those apt to dismiss Sen. Thompson as an actor would do well to recall his previous role as minority counsel to the Senate Watergate Committee, in which he not only first framed the question "What did the President know and when did he know it?" for Sen. Baker, but himself elicited from Alexander Butterfield the information that Richard Nixon had a recording system in the Oval Office.

They might also remember how his career in show business came about: when, after having left Washington, he took the case of a private citizen victimized by a corrupt Tennessee pardon and parole system, he not only won his case but forced the ouster of the Democratic governor behind the scandal. He was asked to play himself in the movie made about the case because no actor could be found who could do him justice.

Fred Thompson is an effective prosecutor. He doesn't just play one on TV. Democrats who engage him in public debate on the issues usually find that out quite quickly, much to their sorrow.

My prediction is that Senators Clinton, Obama and Edwards would each be rendered quite sorrowful by the experience of debating Sen. Thompson- or running against him.

Posted by: Bob Waters | March 27, 2007 7:25 PM | Report abuse

...the more I read the "thoughts" of the leftists here, the more I like him.

Fred also "gets it" when it comes to the immigration problem...

Posted by: Nick Byram | March 27, 2007 07:09 PM

You're contradicting yourself Nick. You've got both "thoughts" and "gets it" in quotation marks. Your linear "thought process" is out of alignment.

Posted by: sonofabastard | March 27, 2007 7:36 PM | Report abuse

Fred is the guy we need I have already bought a Fred 08 shirt

I know he ain't in the race yet buy I think win the primary by unpresidented numbers. You can get a shirt at
http://www.thevacpro.com/fred_thompson/
there selling them at cost shipping is free

Posted by: I'll vote for him | March 27, 2007 9:36 PM | Report abuse

I see a few lefties throwing their usual cheap shots...that's ok, go right ahead! If Sen. Thompson runs, you are screwed! Eight more years of watching you screaming lunatics jumping off the deep end, I can't wait.

Posted by: Conservativefirst | March 27, 2007 11:20 PM | Report abuse

I see a few lefties throwing their usual cheap shots...that's ok, go right ahead! If Sen. Thompson runs, you are screwed! Eight more years of watching you screaming lunatics jumping off the deep end, I can't wait.

Posted by: Conservativefirst | March 27, 2007 11:20 PM

Another sociopathic righty, fantasizing about the ruination of America just to hurt liberals. Don't worry about upholding the Constitution, forget about the troops marooned in the Middle East, screw the middle class, just get your revenge, baby. We deserve it for being too weak to stop your rampage.

Posted by: sonofabastard | March 28, 2007 2:19 AM | Report abuse

I know he ain't in the race yet buy I think win the primary by unpresidented numbers. You can get a shirt at
http://www.thevacpro.com/fred_thompson/
there selling them at cost shipping is free

Posted by: I'll vote for him | March 27, 2007 09:36 PM

WIN A FREE T SHIRT
Count the number of misspellings in this comment. This guy must have gotten a deferment from the No Child Left Behind act. But so what if he wrote there, instead of they're, I'm just being homophonophobic.

Posted by: sonofabastard | March 28, 2007 2:27 AM | Report abuse

Considering the current cast of characters throwing hats into the Presidential Arena, former Sentator Fred Thompson should be considered as a serious candidate for the Republican nomination. We truly need an individual to provide some adult supervision, common sense, fairness, objectivity, and most importantly truthfulness to the Office of the President of the United States. We have had 14 years of divisive politics that have torn this country apart...President Fred Thompson could very well represent a catalyst to begin healing the political divide.

Posted by: M.Stewart | March 28, 2007 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Fred may be biting off more than he can chew in one go!

Let him be warned that running for president is not akin to brewing a cup of coffee!

Posted by: Herbert-Jean Awuor | March 29, 2007 8:30 AM | Report abuse

www.grassrootsvoter.com

Read our editorials. Read why we believe Fred Thompson should run for President of the United States.

www.grassrootsvoter.com

Posted by: CW Goad | March 29, 2007 11:21 PM | Report abuse

I don't know how Fred Thompson would be as a candidate or as a President, but I do know there's not a current Republican candidate that I could feel comfortable about being in the White House. It seems as if (and this sounds like fodder for the Democrats) all the current true Conservatives come off sounding like idiots, and I don't think that necessarily has to be true. I'd like to see Fred Thompson go public and hear what he has to say. I'm approaching "codgerhood" now, and have voted in every election since I was 21 - I'd hate to pass in '08.

Posted by: Missourimule | April 4, 2007 3:56 PM | Report abuse

RERUN!...We need more than AN ACTING PRESIDENT...We need candidates that respect the limits of Executive power mandated by the Constitution....Reagone, May God Rest His Soul, and HW Bush brought us the integrity of IRAN CONTRA SCANDAL...Where WE SECRETLY SOLD WEAPONS TO IRAN and blatantly to Sadam, and used the money to OVERTHROUGH THE LEFTIST Nicaraguan government threatening US Corporations like UNITED BRANDS....Wake up so called Chiquita Republicans....

Posted by: Sonja | April 5, 2007 6:47 PM | Report abuse

WELL HELLO SIR, THIS IS FOR MR Fred Thompson A CANADATE ! IF HOLLIEWOOD OR TV HAS ANYTHING TO DO WITH POLITICS IT WOULD BE BETTER WITH SCRIPS AND MOVIE SKITS ! WHEN YOU DO SOMETHING IT IS ON TV > WHAT ABOUT REAL LIFE ?? AND WHO SAID THE ACTORS HAVE A RIGHT TO ACT IN WASHINGTON DC? AS I KNOW YOUR JUST ACTING IN REAL LIFE TRY TO BE MORE ORIDGNAL ! YHA STOP ACTING ! NOW WHAT IS REAL HERE IN WASHINGTON DC! NOTHING IT IS ALL A BIG FRAUD COMMITING AN OUTLAWED ACT OF WAR ON HUMANITY ! HITLER HEMLER & BOTH BUSHES ! ALL HAVE DONE MASS MURDERING OF THE HUMAN RACE AND IT IS ILLEGAL TO USE A MILLITARY AGANSET A CIVILIAN POPULATION ! THEY DO NOT HAVE ANY UNIFORM !AND THE WORD TERROREST IS A STATE OF MIND NOT A COUNTRY NOR ANYPLACE ON EARTH !SO WHY THEN IS THE PRESIDENT NOT LABELED TERROREST ! HE IS TERRORISING THE USA AND TAKING OUT THE FORCES THAT WE HAVE LEFT! NOT THAT 3 TRILLION DOLLARS WOULD CHANGE ANYTHING ! DO YOU UNDERSTAND WE CAN NOT WIN !WHEN WE TAKE NOTHING LAND GOODS RESORCES ! ONLY THING WE TAKE IS PRISONERS TO TOUCHER ! AND TARE THEIR HEADS OFF ! YHA YHA TELL ME SOMEMORE OF THIS FICTION !DO YOU BELIVE THERE GOD IS JUST LIKE OURS ! ONLY ONE GOD PLEASE! TRUST IS BUSTID AND NOT THAT IT MATTERS THE PEOPLE WANT THE WAR TO END !

Posted by: ARTHUR WASHER | April 15, 2007 5:49 PM | Report abuse

Fred would be my choice.

Posted by: Bill | April 16, 2007 6:06 PM | Report abuse

Arthur,
If you can't spell you might try a spell checker! Just a thought.

Posted by: Dave Randle | April 20, 2007 12:11 PM | Report abuse

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