Monday, August 27, 2007

Fred Thompson Republican Conference VIDEO

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Senator Fred Thompson delivers the keynote address at the Midwest Republican Leadership Conference. The Heartland Republican Dinner was held in the Indiana Convention Center. File is real media format running time is 34:44 Copyright © 2007, National Cable Satellite Corporation.

The response below from the official website for Senator Thompson

Fred Speaks Before Midwest Republican Leadership Conference Posted on August 26th, 2007 By Sean in Entitlements and Military

Saturday, Fred bounded into Indianapolis for the Midwest Republican Leadership Conference. Keynoting the evening dinner he spoke with sincerity on the pressing issues that will challenge America for years to come:

“I believe on the present course we’re going to be a weaker, less prosperous, more divided nation than what we are today,” Thompson said, arguing that only reliance on the bedrock principles of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence would prevent that slide.
National security in light of the radical Islam threat, unsustainable entitlement spending, and dispair and cynicism with government were all concerns Fred told a riveted audience of Republican activists:

“Our country is in danger and it’s going to be in danger for a long time to come,” he said. “We have got to be more united and more committed than ever before.”

He said government spending was out of control, and people had little faith in government solving problems in areas such as energy, education and health care.

“We probably have more cynicism toward our leadership than in a long time,” he said. “How do people follow when people don’t have any confidence in what is said and who is saying it?”
The audience approved of Fred’s message. The Associated Press reports:

He received a more rousing reception when he was introduced to speak than Romney and Huckabee got, with many in the crowd of 500 or so whooping and hollering and shouting, “Fred, Fred, Fred.”

Unlike the stiff character he plays on TV, Thompson was casual as he spoke. He warmed up the crowd with a few jokes, saying that while he was a senator he could recall that every once and awhile, a member of Congress would slip up by “actually spending their own money.”
Earlier in the day Fred talked with Karen Hensel of Indianapolis television station WISH about his possible political prospects and the war in Iraq:

He got serious about his new role as a possible president immediately.

Karen: You are used to auditions, now you are auditioning for the career of a lifetime. How do you prepare for that?

Fred: I don’t prepare for it as such. I think it has to do with how you relate to the people. You’ve got to be yourself. You’ve got to speak what’s on your mind and in your heart and see whether or not you’re a man for the times. It’s just that simple.

Karen: At a time some people are calling for troop withdrawal in Iraq, if you were President today what would be your message?

Fred: It is presumptuous to say exactly what you would do when you’re not President and you don’t have access to all the information he has. But it certainly seems to be like announcing a troop withdrawal date or withdrawing troops too rapidly would be a big mistake for our country.

Karen: What’s the advantage to showing up in the polls as well as you do, showing up at events and you haven’t event declared your candidacy?

Fred: This is not a part of some strategy of mine. It’s just that I haven’t been deciding I wanted to run for president since I was high school prom king, and I never was incidentally. Usually people don’t announce until later than this but this year everybody wanted to get out there earlier and start spending large huge amounts of money that much earlier. I just refuse to play that game.
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