Last time I posted about Fred Thompson, I got jumped on for saying he might be the next Reagan. Before I start on my bully pulpit talking about our next President, I’m going to clarify – I don’t think Fred Thompson is the next Reagan. Simply put, there will never be another Reagan. However, Reagan defined post – modern American statesmanship in only the way Ronald Reagan could. He created a a mold that, to date, has not been filled.
What I am arguing, however, is that former Tennessee Senator Fred Thompson could very well be the man to fit that mold. Thompson was running a Congressional campaign in Tennessee in 1968. He recalls, “I was 26 years old when I met him in Jackson, Tennessee. Governor Reagan came to help my guy and some others, and I had the prvilege to sit back stage with him one – on – one. He was the nicest man I’ve ever met in politics. He asked me a few questions about the audience, and went out and gave a stirring speech. He had me for life.” (H/T ImwithFred.org)
Fred Thompsons record through eight years in the Senate proves that he might very well be the Reaganesque leader Americans have been looking for. Pro – life, pro – family, pro – 2nd Amendment, and pro – business, Thompson has created a swath of support across the nation without even officially entering the race. Consistently polling within the margin of error behind front – runner Rudy Guliani and ahead of Mitt Romney and John McCain, Thompson has stirred the hearts of jaded social conservatives in a way that the other “big three” haven’t. And won’t.
Thompson comes to Georgia on July 6 to lock in the foundations of his leadership team from the state. Already, Thompson has garnered the support of strong conservatives across the state such as Senator Eric Johnson, Rep. Earl Ehrhart, Senator Chip Rogers, Senator Cecil Staton, Senator Mack Mattingly, and some speculate that he’ll land former Senator Zell Miller at some point (they did, after all, serve in the Senate together for a period of time).
Fred Thompson may announce his campaign for the Republican nomination for president as early as next Tuesday and reports indicate the former Tennessee senator may select Nashville as the site of his campaign headquarters.
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