Friday, June 01, 2007

Fred Thompson "exploring" White House Run

Fred Thompson today formed his exploratory committee for the 2008 Presidential campaign. Assuming he is able to raise some money (almost a foregone conclusion) and the polling is at least somewhat positive, this means that he will become the 11th major candidate for the Republican nomination. Once he enters the race, it is widely speculated that he will immediately become the overwhelming front-runner, much to the chagrin of Rudy and Mitt. I personally have been hoping that Thompson will run, simply because I feel that he is very electable, and he is politically in line with me (for the most part).

Here's a linky to Fred's page at On The Issues. This represents his congressional career and it has been a few years, but there are still many relevant issues. A summary of the big ones:

Abortion - tough, but his rhetoric suggests that if the Supreme Court overturns Roe, he will leave it to the states.

Education - yes on vouchers, abstinence education, plus tax cuts for school expenses, his feelings are unknown on the federal Dept. of Education.

Energy - yes for drilling in ANWR, unknown on nuclear power (my pet issue)

Government Intervention - voted for removing federal restrictions on violent video game sales to minors, pro McCain-Feingold, pro banning union/corp contributions, pro photo ID for voting

Guns - anti gun control

Social Security - pro privitizing at least part of social security, pro personal accounts

Taxes - pro internet tax moratorium, voted for tax cuts, voted for requiring supermajority for raising taxes

That's all I can summarize so far.

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