Fred Thompson Goes Overseas To Campaign

Fred Thompson traveled to London today to give a speech before the Policy Exchange, a conservative think tank. The title of the speech is “Strengthening the Transatlantic Alliance.” On Wednesday he will meet with former Prime Minister Margret Thatcher. According to his aides they hope the meeting with Thatcher will “enhance his support among devotees of former President Ronald Reagan.” They say his trip will “bolster his foreign policy credentials and elevate him above the increasingly contentious fray of the GOP race” His credentials include eight years in the Senate, and some T.V. and movie work, so a little foreign travel could “bolster” those credentials. He also plans on traveling to Israel later this year. I think with those two trips under his belt he will have more foreign policy credentials than George W. Bush had when he first ran, and he has a bigger acting career than Ronald Reagan. So if you close your eyes and click your heels together he looks like the perfect candidate. Right now people are supporting him because of their dissatisfaction with the other ten candidates the Republicans have offered. All they really see is the character Thompson plays on his T.V. show, but once the campaign starts we will get to see the real Fred Thompson. In a national USA Today/Gallup poll he is already in second place with 19%. In a South Carolina Mason-Dixon poll he leads with 25%. He will mix up the race when he enters, but I doubt he can remain this popular by only claiming to be the second coming of Ronald Reagan. I hope Republicans are looking for more than that.
Alan Cosgrove

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