Let’s take a look at some early quotes from Fred Thompson’s nascent candidacy.
Hannity: When you look at the other current crop of candidates, Republicans, where is the distinction between your positions and what you view as theirs?
Thompson: Well, to tell you the truth, I haven’t spent a whole lot of time going into the details of their positions.
Now I see why Thompson isn’t doing any debates until October, he’s simply not prepared. How does he expect to distinguish himself from his opponents? And here’s a candidate who was proposing Lincoln-Douglas type debates on one issue, yet rarely gets into specifics on the campaign trail.
King: But, at that moment in time, Senator, there was no global terrorism emanating from Iraq. So, even if you thought it was a good idea to get [bin Laden], there are those who say, get bin Laden first, kill al Qaeda first. Then get [Saddam].
Thompson: You are not served up these issues one at a time. They come when they come, and you have to — you have to deal with them. Some might say, stop efforts in other parts of the world and concentrate on Iraq. We don’t have that luxury. There is, you know, a debate still raging over the interconnectedness of it.
Any debate I know about the “interconnectedness” between 9/11 and Saddam was resolved a long time ago.
Thompson: I attend church when I’m in Tennessee. I’m in McLean right now. I don’t attend regularly when I’m up there.
Like there aren’t churches in McLean? And I thought Thompson was supposed to be filling the void for religious conservatives. A Quinnipiac poll (limited to Florida) says among white evangelical Christians, 64 percent are more likely to vote for a church-going candidate.
With Thompson’s less than satisfactory reception in Iowa, it’s a mixed start for the campaign.