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(Radio talk-show host): Nominated, May 2008.
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Bob Barr
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Michael Bloomberg
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Mike Gravel
(former AK Senator)
Constitution Party:
Alan Keyes
(Maryland talk-show host): Lost nomination, May 2008.
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Gloria La Riva
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Cynthia McKinney
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Brian Moore
Independent:
Ralph Nader
(2000 & 2004 candidate).

2008 Republican presidential primary:
George Allen
(Former Virginia Senator) Never entered race.
Michael Bloomberg
(NYC Mayor).
Sam Brownback
(Kansas Senator) Withdrew Nov. 2007.
Jeb Bush
(Governor of Florida): Never entered race.
John Cox
(Chair of Cook County GOP, Chicago IL).
Bill Frist
(Tennessee Senator): Withdrew Nov. 2006.
Newt Gingrich
(former Speaker of the House): Opted out of race, Sept. 2007.
James Gilmore
(former Governor of Virginia): Withdrew July 2007.
Rudy Giuliani
(former NYC Mayor). Withdrew Jan. 30, 2008, after Florida primary
Chuck Hagel
(Nebraska Senator): Never entered race.
Mike Huckabee
(Governor of Arkansas).
Duncan Hunter
(California Representative). Withdrew after Nevada caucuses, Jan. 2008
George Pataki
(New York Governor): Never entered race.
Ron Paul
(Texas Representative).
Mitt Romney
(Massachusetts Governor).
Tom Tancredo
(Colorado Representative): Withdrew, Dec. 2007.
Fred Thompson
(former TN Senator). Withdrew Jan. 2008 after SC primary
Tommy Thompson
(former Wisconsin Governor and Secretary of HHS): Withdrew Aug. 2007.
Mark Sanford
(South Carolina Governor): Never entered race.

2008 Democratic presidential primary:
Evan Bayh
(IN Senator): Withdrew Dec. 2006.
Joe Biden
(DE Senator): Withdrew after Iowa Cuacus, Jan 2008.
Wes Clark
(former NATO commander): Never entered race.
Hillary Clinton
(NY Senator).
Tom Daschle
(Former SD Senator): Never entered race.
Christopher Dodd
(CT Senator): Withdrew after Iowa Cuacus, Jan 2008.
John Edwards
(former NC Senator). Withdrew Jan. 30, 2008, after Florida primary.
Russ Feingold
(WI Senator): Withdrew Nov. 2006.
Al Gore
(former V.P.): Never entered race.
John Kerry
(MA Senator): Withdrew Jan. 2007.
Dennis Kucinich
(OH Representative); withdrew Jan. 2008 to defend House seat.
Bill Richardson
(NM Governor); withdrew after NH primary, Jan. 2008.
Al Sharpton
(Reverend): Never entered race.
Tom Vilsack
(IA Governor): Withdrew Feb. 2007.
Mark Warner
(VA Governor): Withdrew Oct. 2006.

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Fred Thompson on Abortion
Click here for 19 full quotes on Abortion OR other candidates on Abortion OR background on Abortion.
  • Life begins at conception; abortion takes a life. (Nov 2007)
  • Reverse Roe & return abortion to states, to allow SOME bans. (Nov 2007)
  • Let states decide abortion with restrictions as they see fit. (Nov 2007)
  • Heart swayed by sonogram of his unborn child. (Nov 2007)
  • No human Life Amendment; let states decide individually. (Nov 2007)
  • Life begins at conception, but allow early abortions. (Nov 2007)
  • Opposes partial birth ban; but no parental notification. (Nov 2007)
  • Lobbied for Planned Parenthood,but always voted against them. (Oct 2007)
  • Appoint only strict constructionist judges. (Sep 2007)
  • 1991: Consulted for pro-abortion group, as part of law firm. (Jul 2007)
  • Doesn’t recall 1994 survey ok’ing abortion; doesn’t ok it. (Jun 2007)
  • Roe usurped 200 years of law; return decision to states. (Jun 2007)
  • Roe v. Wade was bad law and bad science. (Jun 2007)
  • Appoint strict constructionist judges. (Jun 2007)
  • Has never been pro-choice despite 1994 news reports. (Jun 2007)
  • Judges should not make new social policy for the country. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted YES on maintaining ban on Military Base Abortions. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted YES on banning partial birth abortions. (Oct 1999)
  • Voted YES on banning human cloning. (Feb 1998)
Fred Thompson on Budget & Economy
Click here for 15 full quotes on Budget & Economy OR other candidates on Budget & Economy OR background on Budget & Economy.
  • Address recession with tax cuts & reducing interest rates. (Jan 2008)
  • Stimulus package OK, but watch out for pork. (Jan 2008)
  • Consider stimulus package targeted to low-income people. (Jan 2008)
  • $9 trillion debt affects our national security. (Dec 2007)
  • Deficit spending ok for military, infrastructure, and R&D. (Dec 2007)
  • We’re spending next generation’s money with no restraint. (Dec 2007)
  • Mandatory future spending lockdown is unsustainable. (Oct 2007)
  • No reason to believe we’re headed for recession. (Oct 2007)
  • Weak dollar damages us internationally. (Oct 2007)
  • FactCheck: Correct that US has enjoyed 22 quarters of growth. (Oct 2007)
  • Trillions in debt will cause fiscal tsunami in a few years. (Sep 2007)
  • Market-based budgetary reform: avoid pending fiscal crisis. (Sep 2007)
  • Voted YES on prioritizing national debt reduction below tax cuts. (Apr 2000)
  • Voted NO on 1998 GOP budget. (May 1997)
  • Voted YES on Balanced-budget constitutional amendment. (Mar 1997)
Fred Thompson on Civil Rights
Click here for 13 full quotes on Civil Rights OR other candidates on Civil Rights OR background on Civil Rights.
  • Dislikes gay marriage, but states allowed to do it. (Nov 2007)
  • Be tolerant of gays, but no special categories or rights. (Mar 2007)
  • No gay marriage; leave civil unions to the states. (Mar 2007)
  • No end in sight to problems with Indian Trust Funds. (Jun 2001)
  • Voted NO on adding sexual orientation to definition of hate crimes. (Jun 2002)
  • Voted NO on loosening restrictions on cell phone wiretapping. (Oct 2001)
  • Voted NO on expanding hate crimes to include sexual orientation. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted NO on setting aside 10% of highway funds for minorities & women. (Mar 1998)
  • Voted NO on ending special funding for minority & women-owned business. (Oct 1997)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting same-sex marriage. (Sep 1996)
  • Voted NO on prohibiting job discrimination by sexual orientation. (Sep 1996)
  • Voted YES on Amendment to prohibit flag burning. (Dec 1995)
  • Voted NO on banning affirmative action hiring with federal funds. (Jul 1995)
Fred Thompson on Corporations
Click here for 5 full quotes on Corporations OR other candidates on Corporations OR background on Corporations.
  • Do better than world’s second-highest corporate tax penalty. (Oct 2007)
  • Don’t intervene with automakers unless drastic circumstances. (Oct 2007)
  • FactCheck: Yes, US corporate taxes are 2nd highest in world. (Oct 2007)
  • Commerce clause does not mean Feds can regulate everything. (Jun 2007)
  • Voted YES on restricting rules on personal bankruptcy. (Jul 2001)
Fred Thompson on Crime
Click here for 8 full quotes on Crime OR other candidates on Crime OR background on Crime.
  • 3,500 distinct crimes means over-federalization of law. (Sep 2007)
  • Death penalty DOES deter murders. (Jun 2007)
  • Impose truth in sentencing for violent crime. (Nov 1994)
  • Voted NO on $1.15 billion per year to continue the COPS program. (May 1999)
  • Voted YES on limiting death penalty appeals. (Apr 1996)
  • Voted YES on limiting product liability punitive damage awards. (Mar 1996)
  • Voted YES on restricting class-action lawsuits. (Dec 1995)
  • Voted YES on repealing federal speed limits. (Jun 1995)
Fred Thompson on Drugs
Click here for 3 full quotes on Drugs OR other candidates on Drugs OR background on Drugs.
  • DEA has no meaningful performance goals on illegal drugs. (Jun 2001)
  • Voted YES on increasing penalties for drug offenses. (Nov 1999)
  • Voted YES on spending international development funds on drug control. (Jul 1996)
Fred Thompson on Education
Click here for 15 full quotes on Education OR other candidates on Education OR background on Education.
  • The NEA opposes school choice; we must stop them. (Dec 2007)
  • Use bully pulpit to support vouchers & homeschooling. (Dec 2007)
  • Voted for No Child Left Behind, but critics were right. (Oct 2007)
  • Allow states to experiment with vouchers & charter schools. (Oct 2007)
  • Promote voucher programs & charter schools. (Sep 2007)
  • Encourage rights of parents to choose school. (Sep 2007)
  • Best reforms are not federal but local, like charters. (Sep 2007)
  • Voted NO on funding smaller classes instead of private tutors. (May 2001)
  • Voted NO on funding student testing instead of private tutors. (May 2001)
  • Voted NO on spending $448B of tax cut on education & debt reduction. (Apr 2001)
  • Voted YES on Educational Savings Accounts. (Mar 2000)
  • Voted YES on allowing more flexibility in federal school rules. (Mar 1999)
  • Voted YES on education savings accounts. (Jun 1998)
  • Voted YES on school vouchers in DC. (Sep 1997)
  • Voted YES on $75M for abstinence education. (Jul 1996)
Fred Thompson on Energy & Oil
Click here for 10 full quotes on Energy & Oil OR other candidates on Energy & Oil OR background on Energy & Oil.
  • Get ethanol market up, then let free market take over. (Oct 2007)
  • Invest in alternative fuels; with R&D to reduce CO2. (Sep 2007)
  • Oil dependency associated with every recession in 50 years. (Sep 2007)
  • Solar system is warming, not earth. (Apr 2007)
  • Voted YES on drilling ANWR on national security grounds. (Apr 2002)
  • Voted YES on terminating CAFE standards within 15 months. (Mar 2002)
  • Voted YES on preserving budget for ANWR oil drilling. (Apr 2000)
  • Voted NO on ending discussion of CAFE fuel efficiency standards. (Sep 1999)
  • Voted YES on defunding renewable and solar energy. (Jun 1999)
  • Voted YES on approving a nuclear waste repository. (Apr 1997)
Fred Thompson on Environment
Click here for 4 full quotes on Environment OR other candidates on Environment OR background on Environment.
  • Voted YES on confirming Gale Norton as Secretary of Interior. (Jan 2001)
  • Voted YES on more funding for forest roads and fish habitat. (Sep 1999)
  • Voted YES on transportation demo projects. (Mar 1998)
  • Voted YES on reducing funds for road-building in National Forests. (Sep 1997)
Fred Thompson on Families & Children
Click here for 2 full quotes on Families & Children OR other candidates on Families & Children OR background on Families & Children.
  • Promote culture of life & strengthen families. (Sep 2007)
  • Voted YES on killing restrictions on violent videos to minors. (May 1999)
Fred Thompson on Foreign Policy
Click here for 17 full quotes on Foreign Policy OR other candidates on Foreign Policy OR background on Foreign Policy.
  • Pakistan: support Musharraf, with funding, for short-run. (Dec 2007)
  • Castro is a uniquely brutal tyrant; keep the embargo. (Dec 2007)
  • Play hardball with Musharraf, but don’t cut off US aid. (Nov 2007)
  • Relationship with Canada important for economy & security. (Oct 2007)
  • Meet threats before threats become tragedies. (Jun 2007)
  • Diplomacy works better when we’re prepared to use force. (Jun 2007)
  • Zimbabwe chairing Development Cmte shows UN needs watching. (Jun 2007)
  • If everybody in Iran had a computer, it’d be a free country. (Jun 2007)
  • Israel shows restraint in limited response to Gaza attacks. (May 2007)
  • Keep Guantanamo open; keep embargo on Cuba. (Jan 2006)
  • Voted YES on enlarging NATO to include Eastern Europe. (May 2002)
  • Voted NO on killing a bill for trade sanctions if China sells weapons. (Sep 2000)
  • Voted YES on cap foreign aid at only $12.7 billion. (Oct 1999)
  • Voted YES on limiting the President's power to impose economic sanctions. (Jul 1998)
  • Voted NO on limiting NATO expansion to only Poland, Hungary & Czech. (Apr 1998)
  • Voted NO on $17.9 billion to IMF. (Mar 1998)
  • Voted YES on Strengthening of the trade embargo against Cuba. (Mar 1996)
Fred Thompson on Free Trade
Click here for 15 full quotes on Free Trade OR other candidates on Free Trade OR background on Free Trade.
  • Free and fair trade is the backbone of our economy. (Dec 2007)
  • Focus on protecting infrastructure for national security. (Oct 2007)
  • More trade helps South America and Africa. (Aug 2007)
  • Don’t raise specter of protectionism on globalization. (Jun 2007)
  • Market does more for freedom & prosperity than planners. (Jun 2007)
  • Protectionist trade policies are defensive & defeatist. (May 2007)
  • Markets do more for freedom than any central planner. (May 2007)
  • Protectionist trade policies are defensive & defeatist. (May 2007)
  • Voted YES on extending free trade to Andean nations. (May 2002)
  • Voted YES on granting normal trade relations status to Vietnam. (Oct 2001)
  • Voted NO on removing common goods from national security export rules. (Sep 2001)
  • Voted YES on permanent normal trade relations with China. (Sep 2000)
  • Voted YES on expanding trade to the third world. (May 2000)
  • Voted YES on renewing 'fast track' presidential trade authority. (Nov 1997)
  • Voted YES on imposing trade sanctions on Japan for closed market. (May 1995)
Fred Thompson on Government Reform
Click here for 25 full quotes on Government Reform OR other candidates on Government Reform OR background on Government Reform.
  • Focus on the budget, social policy, and bipartisanship. (Dec 2007)
  • Tort reform ok for liability lawsuits; leave rest to states. (Oct 2007)
  • FactCheck: supported some tort reforms; opposed others. (Oct 2007)
  • 2001: Published 2-volume report, “Government at the Brink”. (Sep 2007)
  • Assisted getting John Roberts through Senate confirmation. (Sep 2007)
  • Political expediency ignored limited federalist government. (Sep 2007)
  • Strong states work a lot better than central planning. (Sep 2007)
  • Federalization deprives us of experimentation in states. (Aug 2007)
  • 1973:Revealed White House taping system in Watergate hearing. (Jun 2007)
  • More hard money donations ok; but do away with soft money. (Jun 2007)
  • Passionate supporter of states rights. (Jun 2007)
  • Term limits counter professionalization of politics. (May 2007)
  • Reasonable limitations on soft money. (Mar 2007)
  • Scooter Libby trial was a miscarriage of justice. (Mar 2007)
  • Ludicrous waste & fraud: you wonder if anyone is even trying. (Jun 2001)
  • Boston’s Big Dig #1 on Top Ten Worst Mismanagement. (Jun 2001)
  • Federal civil service system is broken. (Jun 2001)
  • Government invests billions on systems that don’t work. (Jun 2001)
  • Voted YES on banning "soft money" contributions and restricting issue ads. (Mar 2002)
  • Voted YES on require photo ID (not just signature) for voter registration. (Feb 2002)
  • Voted YES on banning campaign donations from unions & corporations. (Apr 2001)
  • Voted YES on funding for National Endowment for the Arts. (Aug 1999)
  • Voted YES on favoring 1997 McCain-Feingold overhaul of campaign finance. (Oct 1997)
  • Voted YES on Approving the presidential line-item veto. (Mar 1996)
  • Voted NO on banning more types of Congressional gifts. (Jul 1995)
Fred Thompson on Gun Control
Click here for 9 full quotes on Gun Control OR other candidates on Gun Control OR background on Gun Control.
  • NYC doesn’t have same values as America on gun control. (Nov 2007)
  • Allow colleges to make their own rules about guns on campus. (Nov 2007)
  • Strongly supports the Second Amendment. (Sep 2007)
  • Allowing concealed carry could have limited VA Tech massacre. (Apr 2007)
  • Having handguns in your home is a Constitutional right. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted NO on background checks at gun shows. (May 1999)
  • Voted NO on more penalties for gun & drug violations. (May 1999)
  • Voted YES on loosening license & background checks at gun shows. (May 1999)
  • Voted YES on maintaining current law: guns sold without trigger locks. (Jul 1998)
Fred Thompson on Health Care
Click here for 21 full quotes on Health Care OR other candidates on Health Care OR background on Health Care.
  • I like mandates; mandates work. (Jan 2008)
  • Make insurance portable so employment untied from health. (Dec 2007)
  • Lower cost by more efficient markets, not bigger government. (Dec 2007)
  • Less benefits for high-income Medicare beneficiaries. (Oct 2007)
  • One-size-fits-all programs are inefficient & inadequate. (Sep 2007)
  • Competition, free-market solutions & personal responsibility. (Sep 2007)
  • Your own decisions are better than massive bureaucracy. (Sep 2007)
  • We have world’s best medical system but it’s too expensive. (Aug 2007)
  • Americans better served than nationalized Canadian system. (Jun 2007)
  • A good number of the people choose not to be insured. (Jan 2006)
  • We’ve got the best health care in the world. (Jan 2006)
  • Medicare drug payment methods are fundamentally flawed. (Jun 2001)
  • Medicare loses $11B per year to errors and fraud. (Jun 2001)
  • Voted NO on allowing reimportation of Rx drugs from Canada. (Jul 2002)
  • Voted NO on allowing patients to sue HMOs & collect punitive damages. (Jun 2001)
  • Voted YES on funding GOP version of Medicare prescription drug benefit. (Apr 2001)
  • Voted NO on including prescription drugs under Medicare. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted YES on limiting self-employment health deduction. (Jul 1999)
  • Voted NO on increasing tobacco restrictions. (Jun 1998)
  • Voted YES on Medicare means-testing. (Jun 1997)
  • Voted NO on blocking medical savings acounts. (Apr 1996)
Fred Thompson on Homeland Security
Click here for 29 full quotes on Homeland Security OR other candidates on Homeland Security OR background on Homeland Security.
  • Intelligence and parts of our military were neglected. (Dec 2007)
  • Waterboarding ok if national security were at stake. (Nov 2007)
  • Supports pre-emption policy to prevent nuclear proliferation. (Nov 2007)
  • We face a global war declared on us by Islamic fascism. (Oct 2007)
  • Spend more than current 4% of budget on military. (Oct 2007)
  • Iraq & Afghanistan are central front of global war on terror. (Sep 2007)
  • Build larger, more capable, and more modern military. (Sep 2007)
  • Supports missile defense system & enhanced intelligence. (Sep 2007)
  • Congress was at its best in year after 9/11: alert & focused. (Sep 2007)
  • Al Qaeda intends to put a mushroom cloud over a US city. (Aug 2007)
  • Enemies do not doubt our strength, but our determination. (Jun 2007)
  • Western world is in international struggle with jihadists. (Jun 2007)
  • The day after Iraq: They have 100-year plan; we need one too. (Jun 2007)
  • Europe mothballs its fleet, when all should build military. (Apr 2007)
  • Habeas corpus does not apply at Guantanamo; so keep it open. (Jan 2006)
  • Pre-emptive war has got to be an option. (Jan 2006)
  • Oppose windfall profits tax on oil companies. (Jan 2006)
  • FEMA faces systemic and long-standing management problems. (Jun 2001)
  • DoD cannot account for where spending goes. (Jun 2001)
  • Voted NO on adopting the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty. (Oct 1999)
  • Voted YES on allowing another round of military base closures. (May 1999)
  • Voted YES on cutting nuclear weapons below START levels. (May 1999)
  • Voted YES on deploying National Missile Defense ASAP. (Mar 1999)
  • Voted YES on military pay raise of 4.8%. (Feb 1999)
  • Voted NO on prohibiting same-sex basic training. (Jun 1998)
  • Voted YES on favoring 36 vetoed military projects. (Oct 1997)
  • Voted NO on banning chemical weapons. (Apr 1997)
  • Voted YES on considering deploying NMD, and amending ABM Treaty. (Jun 1996)
  • Voted YES on 1996 Defense Appropriations. (Sep 1995)
Fred Thompson on Immigration
Click here for 15 full quotes on Immigration OR other candidates on Immigration OR background on Immigration.
  • Special status for illegals disrespects legal immigrants. (Dec 2007)
  • Focus on chain migration, not anchor babies. (Dec 2007)
  • Pledges to veto any immigration bill that involves amnesty. (Nov 2007)
  • Voted for law to abolish sanctuary cities. (Oct 2007)
  • Secure our borders and end “sanctuary cities”. (Sep 2007)
  • Protecting our border is part of being a sovereign nation. (Sep 2007)
  • Eliminate welfare incentives for illegal immigrants. (Sep 2007)
  • Immigration reform failed because feds lost credibility. (Sep 2007)
  • Immigration in large part has to do with national security. (Aug 2007)
  • Opposes amnesty in any form. (Jun 2007)
  • Nation loses sovereignty if it cannot secure its own borders. (Apr 2007)
  • Can’t round up 12M illegals, so focus on preventing next 12M. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted YES on allowing more foreign workers into the US for farm work. (Jul 1998)
  • Voted YES on visas for skilled workers. (May 1998)
  • Voted YES on limit welfare for immigrants. (Jun 1997)
Fred Thompson on Jobs
Click here for 7 full quotes on Jobs OR other candidates on Jobs OR background on Jobs.
  • In a dynamic economy, some jobs lost and some gained. (Oct 2007)
  • Don’t use union dues for political purposes. (Oct 2007)
  • USDA problems: info security and Forest Service finances. (Jun 2001)
  • Voted YES on repealing Clinton's ergonomic rules on repetitive stress. (Mar 2001)
  • Voted YES on killing an increase in the minimum wage. (Nov 1999)
  • Voted YES on allowing workers to choose between overtime & comp-time. (May 1997)
  • Voted YES on replacing farm price supports. (Feb 1996)
Fred Thompson on Principles & Values
Click here for 21 full quotes on Principles & Values OR other candidates on Principles & Values OR background on Principles & Values.
  • Need a president who feels no need to apologize for America. (Sep 2008)
  • Obama is the most liberal and inexperienced nominee ever. (Sep 2008)
  • Worked for law firm that worked in Libya; but not personally. (Jan 2008)
  • Not consumed by politics; running for future of kids & US. (Dec 2007)
  • Declined to answer Boston Globe questions on Executive Power. (Dec 2007)
  • 100% free & clear of cancer; will release all health records. (Nov 2007)
  • Giuliani sides with Hillary on abortion, guns. & immigration. (Oct 2007)
  • Consistent since reading “Conscience of a Conservative”. (Oct 2007)
  • Free markets, free people, free enterprise. (Oct 2007)
  • Absent from Values Voter Presidential Debate. (Sep 2007)
  • What kind of country for our kids? And can I affect it? (Sep 2007)
  • Same sound conservative First Principles in 1994 as today. (Sep 2007)
  • Announces candidacy for president on Jay Leno show. (Sep 2007)
  • Voters don’t pay attention to elections this early. (Sep 2007)
  • Enjoys campaigning despite reputation of being lazy. (Sep 2007)
  • Made movie about his role in case of corrupt governor. (Jun 2007)
  • I want to do some things that only a president can do. (Jun 2007)
  • Split decision on Clinton; some offenses not impeachable. (Jun 2007)
  • Never lusted for presidency but the man has to fit the times. (Jun 2007)
  • Reveals he suffers from cancer, but it won’t affect campaign. (Jun 2007)
  • Religious affiliation: Protestant. (Nov 2000)
Fred Thompson on Social Security
Click here for 16 full quotes on Social Security OR other candidates on Social Security OR background on Social Security.
  • Allow individual retirement accounts with government match. (Jan 2008)
  • FactCheck: Slower growth of benefits for future retirees. (Jan 2008)
  • Reform entitlements now so our grandkids don’t have to. (Dec 2007)
  • Revamp Social Security to pay $2.5T for new tax plan. (Nov 2007)
  • Allow 2% into a private personal account, with 2% match. (Nov 2007)
  • Present mandatory spending cycle is unsustainable. (Oct 2007)
  • Benefits ok in short-term, but we’re eating our seed corn. (Oct 2007)
  • Index benefits to inflation instead of indexing to wages. (Oct 2007)
  • FactCheck: Yes, inflation-index pushes imbalance years away. (Oct 2007)
  • Deficit financing is unsustainable; it’s the future’s money. (Sep 2007)
  • Obligations will sap revenues; can’t pass that to kids. (Aug 2007)
  • Social Security & Medicare are generational wealth transfers. (Jun 2007)
  • Voted YES on Social Security Lockbox & limiting national debt. (Apr 1999)
  • Voted YES on allowing Roth IRAs for retirees. (May 1998)
  • Voted YES on allowing personal retirement accounts. (Apr 1998)
  • Voted YES on deducting Social Security payments on income taxes. (May 1996)
Fred Thompson on Tax Reform
Click here for 17 full quotes on Tax Reform OR other candidates on Tax Reform OR background on Tax Reform.
  • Tax cuts raise revenues; so much for the experts. (Jan 2008)
  • Preserve the tax cuts of 2001 and 2003. (Dec 2007)
  • Two options: file as you do now, or flatter two-rate plan. (Nov 2007)
  • Index the AMT for now; repeal it eventually. (Nov 2007)
  • FactCheck: Top 40% do pay 99% of income tax, but not FICA. (Oct 2007)
  • Phase out the AMT; lower taxes grow the economy. (Oct 2007)
  • Tax code is broken: dissolve the IRS as we know it. (Sep 2007)
  • Tax code hopelessly out of date & makes us less competitive. (Jun 2007)
  • Progressive tax redistributes wealth without helping economy. (Jun 2007)
  • Taxes burden production; keep rates as low as possible. (May 2007)
  • Tax cuts stimulate the economy. (Apr 2007)
  • Voted NO on reducing marriage penalty instead of cutting top tax rates. (May 2001)
  • Voted NO on increasing tax deductions for college tuition. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on eliminating the 'marriage penalty'. (Jul 2000)
  • Voted YES on across-the-board spending cut. (Oct 1999)
  • Voted YES on requiring super-majority for raising taxes. (Apr 1998)
  • Member of the Congressional Flat Tax Caucus. (Nov 2007)
Fred Thompson on Technology
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  • No exporting sensitive technology to unreliable countries. (Sep 2007)
  • Don’t apply obsolete Fairness Doctrine to radio talk shows. (Jun 2007)
  • Internet guerrilla campaign ads democratize politics. (Jun 2007)
  • Government unable to protect its computer data from attack. (Jun 2001)
  • Voted YES on Internet sales tax moratorium. (Oct 1998)
  • Voted YES on telecomm deregulation. (Feb 1996)
Fred Thompson on War & Peace
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  • Stay the course and take opportunity to succeed. (Nov 2007)
  • Osama bin Laden is more symbolism than anything else. (Nov 2007)
  • Pledges to do everything possible to prevent Iranian nukes. (Nov 2007)
  • Stabilizing Iraq, and not leaving, is the right policy. (Oct 2007)
  • Iraq certainly had WMDs in the past & would have nukes now. (Oct 2007)
  • Ask Congress, even if not required, to attack Iran’s nukes. (Oct 2007)
  • FactCheck: Said Saddam had WMDs, but not at 2003 invasion. (Oct 2007)
  • Success cannot always be measured by battlefield victories. (Sep 2007)
  • World becomes more dangerous if we leave Iraq. (Aug 2007)
  • All wars are full of mistakes; trust General Petraeus. (Jun 2007)
  • Pre-emptive attack on Iran if close to nuclear weapon. (Jun 2007)
  • Iraq is a war between civilization and evil. (Jun 2007)
  • If we had not gone to Iraq, Saddam would be developing nukes. (Jun 2007)
  • I would do essentially what the president’s doing in Iraq. (Jun 2007)
  • Take any chance to not get run out of Iraq. (Jun 2007)
  • Internationalizing war effort will not win the war. (Jun 2007)
  • President must decide on war based on unclear evidence. (Jun 2007)
  • Prophets of doom are wrong--we can’t cut-and-run. (Jun 2007)
  • Goal of Iraqi enemies is to demoralize us. (Jun 2007)
  • Serious & painful international sanctions on nuclear Iran. (Jun 2007)
  • If world doesn’t stop Iran nukes, Israel will. (May 2007)
  • If Saddam were still around today, things would be worse. (Mar 2007)
  • We’re on the way to prevailing in Iraq for a safer US. (Jan 2006)

    Voting Record

  • Voting for the war then against funding is just poll-based. (Jun 2007)
  • Voted YES on authorizing use of military force against Iraq. (Oct 2002)
  • Voted YES on allowing all necessary force in Kosovo. (May 1999)
  • Voted NO on authorizing air strikes in Kosovo. (Mar 1999)
  • Voted YES on ending the Bosnian arms embargo. (Jul 1995)
  • Condemns anti-Muslim bigotry in name of anti-terrorism. (Oct 2001)
  • Move the US Embassy to Jerusalem. (Nov 1995)
Fred Thompson on Welfare & Poverty
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  • 1990s welfare reform worked because it empowered states. (Sep 2007)
  • Voted YES on welfare block grants. (Aug 1996)
  • Voted NO on eliminating block grants for food stamps. (Jul 1996)
  • Voted YES on allowing state welfare waivers. (Jul 1996)
  • Voted YES on welfare overhaul. (Sep 1995)


VoteMatch Responses
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VoteMatch Question & Answer
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Based on these stances:
(Click on topic for excerpt & citation)
Strongly Opposes topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's right
(-5 points on Social scale)
Life begins at conception; abortion takes a life: Strongly Opposes topic 1
No human Life Amendment; let states decide individually: Opposes topic 1
Life begins at conception, but allow early abortions: Favors topic 1
Opposes partial birth ban; but no parental notification: Opposes topic 1
Appoint only strict constructionist judges: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Doesn’t recall 1994 survey ok’ing abortion; doesn’t ok it: Opposes topic 1
Roe usurped 200 years of law; return decision to states: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Roe v. Wade was bad law and bad science: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Appoint strict constructionist judges: Opposes topic 1
Has never been pro-choice despite 1994 news reports: Strongly Opposes topic 1
YES on banning partial birth abortions: Strongly Opposes topic 1
YES on maintaining ban on Military Base Abortions: Opposes topic 1
Favors topic 2:
Require hiring more women & minorities
(-3 points on Economic scale)
NO on banning affirmative action hiring with federal funds: Strongly Favors topic 2
NO on ending special funding for minority & women-owned business: Strongly Favors topic 2
NO on prohibiting same-sex basic training: Favors topic 2
NO on setting aside 10% of highway funds for minorities & women: Opposes topic 2
Opposes topic 3:
Same-sex domestic partnership benefits
(-3 points on Social scale)
Be tolerant of gays, but no special categories or rights: Favors topic 3
No gay marriage; leave civil unions to the states: Favors topic 3
YES on prohibiting same-sex marriage: Strongly Opposes topic 3
NO on prohibiting job discrimination by sexual orientation: Strongly Opposes topic 3
NO on expanding hate crimes to include sexual orientation: Opposes topic 3
NO on adding sexual orientation to definition of hate crimes: Strongly Opposes topic 3
Favors topic 4:
Teacher-led prayer in public schools
(-3 points on Social scale)
YES on $75M for abstinence education: Strongly Favors topic 4
YES on killing restrictions on violent videos to minors: Opposes topic 4
Strongly Favors topic 8:
Death Penalty
(-5 points on Social scale)
Death penalty DOES deter murders: Strongly Favors topic 8
YES on limiting death penalty appeals: Favors topic 8
Favors topic 9:
Mandatory Three Strikes sentencing laws
(-3 points on Social scale)
Impose truth in sentencing for violent crime: Strongly Favors topic 9
NO on more penalties for gun & drug violations: Opposes topic 9
NO on $1.15 billion per year to continue the COPS program: Favors topic 9
Strongly Favors topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Strongly supports the Second Amendment: Strongly Favors topic 10
Allowing concealed carry could have limited VA Tech massacre: Strongly Favors topic 10
Having handguns in your home is a Constitutional right: Strongly Favors topic 10
YES on maintaining current law: guns sold without trigger locks: Strongly Favors topic 10
YES on loosening license & background checks at gun shows: Favors topic 10
NO on background checks at gun shows: Strongly Favors topic 10
Strongly Opposes topic 5:
More federal funding for health coverage
(+5 points on Economic scale)
I like mandates; mandates work: Favors topic 5
One-size-fits-all programs are inefficient & inadequate: Opposes topic 5
Competition, free-market solutions & personal responsibility: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Your own decisions are better than massive bureaucracy: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Americans better served than nationalized Canadian system: Strongly Opposes topic 5
NO on blocking medical savings acounts: Opposes topic 5
YES on Medicare means-testing: Opposes topic 5
YES on limiting self-employment health deduction: Opposes topic 5
NO on including prescription drugs under Medicare: Opposes topic 5
YES on funding GOP version of Medicare prescription drug benefit: Opposes topic 5
Strongly Favors topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Allow individual retirement accounts with government match: Strongly Favors topic 6
Social Security & Medicare are generational wealth transfers: Favors topic 6
YES on deducting Social Security payments on income taxes: Favors topic 6
YES on allowing Roth IRAs for retirees: Favors topic 6
YES on allowing personal retirement accounts: Favors topic 6
Strongly Favors topic 7:
Parents choose schools via vouchers
(+5 points on Economic scale)
The NEA opposes school choice; we must stop them: Strongly Favors topic 7
Use bully pulpit to support vouchers & homeschooling: Strongly Favors topic 7
Allow states to experiment with vouchers & charter schools: Strongly Favors topic 7
Promote voucher programs & charter schools: Strongly Favors topic 7
Encourage rights of parents to choose school: Strongly Favors topic 7
Best reforms are not federal but local, like charters: Favors topic 7
YES on school vouchers in DC: Strongly Favors topic 7
YES on education savings accounts: Favors topic 7
YES on allowing more flexibility in federal school rules: Strongly Favors topic 7
YES on Educational Savings Accounts: Favors topic 7
NO on funding smaller classes instead of private tutors: Favors topic 7
NO on funding student testing instead of private tutors: Favors topic 7
Opposes topic 18:
Replace coal & oil with alternatives
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Get ethanol market up, then let free market take over: Opposes topic 18
Invest in alternative fuels; with R&D to reduce CO2: Strongly Favors topic 18
Solar system is warming, not earth: Strongly Opposes topic 18
YES on reducing funds for road-building in National Forests: Favors topic 18
YES on defunding renewable and solar energy: Strongly Opposes topic 18
NO on ending discussion of CAFE fuel efficiency standards: Favors topic 18
YES on preserving budget for ANWR oil drilling: Opposes topic 18
YES on terminating CAFE standards within 15 months: Strongly Opposes topic 18
Favors topic 19:
Drug use is immoral: enforce laws against it
(-3 points on Social scale)
YES on spending international development funds on drug control: Strongly Favors topic 19
NO on more penalties for gun & drug violations: Opposes topic 19
YES on increasing penalties for drug offenses: Favors topic 19
Favors topic 20:
Allow churches to provide welfare services
(+2 points on Economic scale)
YES on welfare overhaul: Favors topic 20
YES on allowing state welfare waivers: Favors topic 20
NO on eliminating block grants for food stamps: Favors topic 20
YES on welfare block grants: Favors topic 20
Strongly Opposes topic 11:
Make taxes more progressive
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Tax cuts raise revenues; so much for the experts: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Preserve the tax cuts of 2001 and 2003: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Phase out the AMT; lower taxes grow the economy: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Progressive tax redistributes wealth without helping economy: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Tax cuts stimulate the economy: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Member of the Congressional Flat Tax Caucus: Strongly Opposes topic 11
YES on Internet sales tax moratorium: Opposes topic 11
YES on requiring super-majority for raising taxes: Opposes topic 11
YES on eliminating the 'marriage penalty': Opposes topic 11
YES on prioritizing national debt reduction below tax cuts: Opposes topic 11
NO on reducing marriage penalty instead of cutting top tax rates: Opposes topic 11
NO on spending $448B of tax cut on education & debt reduction: Opposes topic 11
Strongly Opposes topic 12:
Illegal immigrants earn citizenship
(-5 points on Social scale)
Secure our borders and end “sanctuary cities”: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Protecting our border is part of being a sovereign nation: Opposes topic 12
Eliminate welfare incentives for illegal immigrants: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Opposes amnesty in any form: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Nation loses sovereignty if it cannot secure its own borders: Strongly Opposes topic 12
YES on limit welfare for immigrants: Strongly Opposes topic 12
YES on visas for skilled workers: Favors topic 12
YES on allowing more foreign workers into the US for farm work: Favors topic 12
Strongly Favors topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Free and fair trade is the backbone of our economy: Strongly Favors topic 13
Focus on protecting infrastructure for national security: Opposes topic 13
More trade helps South America and Africa: Strongly Favors topic 13
Don’t raise specter of protectionism on globalization: Strongly Favors topic 13
Market does more for freedom & prosperity than planners: Strongly Favors topic 13
Protectionist trade policies are defensive & defeatist: Strongly Favors topic 13
YES on renewing 'fast track' presidential trade authority: Favors topic 13
YES on permanent normal trade relations with China: Strongly Favors topic 13
YES on expanding trade to the third world: Favors topic 13
NO on removing common goods from national security export rules: Opposes topic 13
YES on granting normal trade relations status to Vietnam: Favors topic 13
YES on extending free trade to Andean nations: Strongly Favors topic 13
Strongly Favors topic 15:
Expand the armed forces
(-5 points on Social scale)
Intelligence and parts of our military were neglected: Favors topic 15
Spend more than current 4% of budget on military: Strongly Favors topic 15
Build larger, more capable, and more modern military: Strongly Favors topic 15
Supports missile defense system & enhanced intelligence: Strongly Favors topic 15
The day after Iraq: They have 100-year plan; we need one too: Strongly Favors topic 15
Europe mothballs its fleet, when all should build military: Strongly Favors topic 15
YES on 1996 Defense Appropriations: Favors topic 15
YES on considering deploying NMD, and amending ABM Treaty: Favors topic 15
YES on favoring 36 vetoed military projects: Strongly Favors topic 15
YES on allowing another round of military base closures: Opposes topic 15
YES on military pay raise of 4.8%: Strongly Favors topic 15
YES on deploying National Missile Defense ASAP: Strongly Favors topic 15
Strongly Favors topic 16:
Stricter limits on political campaign funds
(-5 points on Economic scale)
More hard money donations ok; but do away with soft money: Strongly Favors topic 16
Reasonable limitations on soft money: Favors topic 16
YES on favoring 1997 McCain-Feingold overhaul of campaign finance: Favors topic 16
YES on banning campaign donations from unions & corporations: Favors topic 16
YES on banning "soft money" contributions and restricting issue ads: Favors topic 16
Strongly Opposes topic 14:
The Patriot Act harms civil liberties
(-5 points on Social scale)
Waterboarding ok if national security were at stake: Strongly Opposes topic 14
Keep Guantanamo open; keep embargo on Cuba: Opposes topic 14
Habeas corpus does not apply at Guantanamo; so keep it open: Strongly Opposes topic 14
Strongly Opposes topic 17:
US out of Iraq
(-5 points on Social scale)
Iraq is a war between civilization and evil: Strongly Opposes topic 17
If we had not gone to Iraq, Saddam would be developing nukes: Strongly Opposes topic 17
I would do essentially what the president’s doing in Iraq: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Take any chance to not get run out of Iraq: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Internationalizing war effort will not win the war: Strongly Opposes topic 17
President must decide on war based on unclear evidence: Opposes topic 17
Prophets of doom are wrong--we can’t cut-and-run: Opposes topic 17
Goal of Iraqi enemies is to demoralize us: Opposes topic 17
Pre-emptive war has got to be an option: Strongly Opposes topic 17

Fred Thompson is a Hard-Core Conservative.
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