Narrowing GOP field

It’s still early in the presidential election game and I’ve obviously been leaning heavily towards Fred Thompson. Until today, the GOP has a few good candidates that I could have been OK with as our next president. But the leader of our nation cannot allow themselves to be manipulated nor manhandled by the press and after the news I just heard about today’s debate, the field has narrowed for me down to only 2 qualified candidates.

Mitt Romney and especially Fred Thompson were the only candidates that balked and in Thompson’s case refused to answer a loaded and manipulative question about global warming.

Transcript:

MODERATOR: Thank you. I’d like to take on a new issue. I’d like to see a show of hands. How many of you believe global climate change is a serious threat caused by human activity?

THOMPSON: I’m not doing hand shows today.

MODERATOR: No hand shows?

THOMPSON: No hand shows.

MODERATOR: And so, is that yes or no for you? Do you believe that global climate change is a serious threat and caused by human activity?

THOMPSON: Well, do you want to give me a minute to answer that?

MODERATOR: No, I don’t.

THOMPSON: Well, I’m not going to answer it.

MODERATOR: Ok.

ROMNEY: How about 30 seconds?

MODERATOR: No –

THOMPSON: You want a show of hands. I’m not giving it to you.

MODERATOR: We’ll follow up on that, but what I need to know is, who believes that global climate change is serious and caused by human activity, and then we’ll talk in more detail about it.

Think Progress

I like Fred Thompson’s response and I like Mitt Romney’s chime in. As far as I know all the candidates had 2 hands. If there were 2 related questions then why not go with something like raise your right hand if you believe global climate change is serious and raise you left hand if you think it is caused (primarily?) by human activity?

There are a lot of ways to learn the candidates position on the global climate change, but the single hand show in this case was not one of them. But it is a great way to create a display for the media and I’m glad that at least 2 candidates had the guts not to buy into the press manipulation.

At a post-debate campaign stop, Republican candidate Fred Thompson explained his reason for refusing to answer a debate question by a show of hands, calling it “monkey business.”

“I just decided that I wasn’t going to engage in any of this monkey business that they like to engage us on sometimes — making us look like trained monkeys reaching for peanut or something … 30 seconds is brief enough and when they try to reduce your answer to just a hand raise — I ‘aint going to play that game,” the former Tennessee senator said.

ABC News’ Christine Byun

Go Fred!

Update 12/13/07 – Little Green Football readers agree that Fred Thompson did a bang up job in yesterdays debate. Link to LGF GOP debate poll

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6 Comments.

  1. I like Fred’s No Nonsense Style. But I am waiting for him to step up and give an optimistic view of the Future of America.
    I have heard the nightmarish visions of the Democrats future dream for America (both of them)
    Yet no Republican has stepped up and dramatically differentiated himself from the pack.
    I wish either Hunter or Thompson will emerge with an optimism that I have.
    Where is Fred’s Fire? I hope that he isn’t going to pace himself forever…

  2. I don’t entirely disagree with you on the fire thing, but I do put big stock in principles and standing up to media. Setting aside BDS, one of the biggest complaints that I hear about President Bush was how the media rules him, not him the media.
    I believe the passion and optimism are there, he just needs to let loose.

  3. agree with you Wally. And it gives me hope for him if he did well in the debate setting (which I would not expect him to do). He’s got the opportunity! But it’s only what he will make of it that counts.

  4. I’m trying to locate the clip of Fred’s response to Michael Moore.
    It was classic!

    Fred has integrity, principles, and many things that I’m looking for in a GOP candidate. As for Policies and Priorities, Duncan Hunter is closer to my thinking, but Fred is my #2 pick for now. I know early on when we spoke, I leaned heavily toward Fred too. Hunter may be right on with what I want, but elections are not as much about policy as perceptions for either party.

    Fred has definatly hit some big extra base hits, but he needs to use his stage presence and jack a few out of the park.
    Hows that for mixed metaphors…and poor spelling…
    oops, siren just lit off, gotta go…

  5. Fred makes Bush look like Einstein.
    America needs another empty suit like we need another pseudo-Christian to lead us deeper into hell for the sake of conservatism.

  6. So you don’t like Fred. Who do you like? There is more to Art and Life than Da Da.