Rush discusses Fred's appearance on Charlie Rose's show

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Here is what Rush had to say today on Fred Thompson's appearance on Charlie Rose's show on 12/4/2007. I hope I got this all down with few typos:


Let's go to the audio sound-bites. Last night on Charlie Rose's show on PBS. Former Senator Fred Thompson is the guest. Charlie Rose says "You constantly say in this campaign that you are a conservative. What does that mean today?

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Fred Thompson:

It means things that are consistent with God's design for man, is consistent with human nature, it's consistent with the lessons of history, the lessons of ages. They found form in the Constitution I think and what our founding fathers believed. They understand that man can do great and wonderful things, but man is prone to error and sometimes do terrible things. That too much power in too few hands is a dangerous thing. That power is a corrupting thing.

Charlie Rose:

In all of that you didn't mention abortion, gay rights, all things that have been part of recent presidential elections.


Those... Well you are talking about different things there. Those are issues that are before us, which derive FROM principles.

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Now this is just fabulous to me. This is just great. Here Charlie Rose asks Fred Thompson 'Well what is a conservative today anyway?'. And so Fred gives his definition of a conservative and Charlie says 'Well wait a minute I didn't hear anything about abortion or gay rights, all the things that have been a part of recent presidential elections.' Here's how Fred answered that, because Charlie Rose came back and said 'Principles? What do you mean principles?'.

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Fred Thompson:

Principles are what guide you in coming to positions with regard to issues. You know the Declaration of Independence said that our basic rights come from God and not from man. The founders talked about you know life, liberty and the importance of that. And that everything is based on those basic principles. And I take those principles and you know for example I come to a pro-life conclusion there. And when we had issues you know for 8 years when I was in the United States Senate about whether or not the federal government should be funding, for example, abortion related activities and things of that nature you know, the application of those principles in that instance told me the answer was no properly.

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I guarantee you Charlie Rose is clueless here. None of this...this is...he's a listening to uh you know mongolese as Fred Thompson's going through all this. [laughing] Sometimes you just have to laugh at these poor clichéd liberals who just live in the most closeted cocooned world, while thinking they are the most worldly and uh erudite among us.

Whether or not you plan on voting for Fred, he has core beliefs in conservatism that are undisputed.

Updated: Here is the video of Charlie Rose interviewing Fred Thompson on 12/04/2007:

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5 by tcgeol

especially since Hunter can't get it.

Give me red meat over platitudes any day. By the time the general public figures this out, the general election will be over.

Frankly, Rush is beginning to bore me. He spends his first half hour just reading articles off of the net. I guess he may holding his fire until the primaries are over.

Because we know that the solution to all of our problems are more government programs.

It's much more important to me to know how a candidate thinks than a list of programs that he's going to offer. If I know how he thinks, I know how he'll react in a given situation.

That's why I can't stand snake oil politicians. You just never know what they're going to do.


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...bon appetit ( I can say that now because Sarkozy is in, right?? ;- )

“I believe that conservatives beat liberals only when we challenge their outdated positions, not embrace them. This is not a time for philosophical flexibility, it is a time to stand up for what we believe in,” - Fred Thompson

What I want from my presidential contender is not only WHAT he believes, but WHY he believes it.

If you come to understand the man, you'll know enough about how he'll govern, and what policies and positions he'll hold, and why he holds them.

Stare decisis is fo' suckas -- Feddie

falls under the red meat category. Anyway, here is Fred's on the newly released NIE:
Redneck Hippie

He is the one true conservative!!

he just can't get ahead.

It's a shame his campaign is in shambles. It ain't over yet, but it ain't lookin good either. I'm currently a Romney guy, but Fred is the ONLY true, principled, consistent conservative in the field.

“.....women and minorities hardest hit”

I'm hearing that it's a tough go.

I am a Positivist Pastafarian for the alliteration alone.

Got a link to share your insider information? Team Thompson has released no information on the subject, so I'd take anything you've heard with a grain of salt.

whispering campaigns are more exciting and spread much faster.
Redneck Hippie

If only Fred sounded as good in person and on TV as he looks on paper. Right message, wrong candidate.

I think it was great that Fred Thompson made the distinction between issues and principles. Without principles, the issues become very wishy washy, affected by whatever the whims of the day are instead of by what is clearly right and wrong.

That was a fantastic interview with Rose--tho I thought the interviewer was confused at times-- but, Americans are not!

Fred was superb! and the El-Rushbo misses NOTHING of great value
ever -- he sees the strength, the character and the knowledge in the truest man for the job.. FRED!.and it tickles him!!

Hunter is just as conservative as Fred, but can't get any traction.

If he had everyone waiting for his every word in the early debates like the people are Fred, we might have a real conservative leader the people could get jazzed about instead of the people having to choose between mitt and rudi in the best attempt to stave off hillary.

Fred Thompson and Duncan Hunter are the only two real Conservatives left standing. That is why the MSM either ignores or tries to belittle them.

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