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January 21, 2008

Fred May Skip Florida Debate; Always Had His Eye On The VP Slot?

Before that, Rush Limbaugh's announcement he may not support a Republican candidate in 2008. He didn't really support George Bush in 1992 either, did he? I can't say I'm surprised.

But this is big. Fred may skip the next debate, marking the unofficial end to his candidacy. And even more shocking, Carl Cameron claims Fred always had his eye on the second slot, not the top job.

Fred Thompson sources say the actor and former Tenn senator may withdraw from the race. There are no plans to attend Thursday’s Florida debate.

Staffers have been on partial pay since the NH primary. The Senators plans are very fluid. As of 8:45 this evening, there are no plans for any announcement about whether he will stay in the race or not. The team is wrestling with very few options. The Senator is in Nashville visiting his mother (in her 90’s) who has been ill.

From THE FIRST DAY Fox News broke the story last March of his candidacy, Thompson has always had a vice presidential bid in mind. Today a top aide even mentioned the idea on Brian and the Judge on Fox News Radio.

I have trouble buying that, but if it's true, this can help only one man: Mitt Romney.

Well actually it could help anyone at the top of the ticket, given that Fred is seen as a thoughtful, genuine conservative. I'd feel 5% better voting for McCain if Fred is his running mate. I'd gladly vote for Giuliani or Romney already, but Fred might help sell those candidates too to skeptical conservatives.

Rudy seems unwilling to do anything to win the candidacy, though, leaving us with Mitt:

Rudy Guiliani says he will continue to discuss issue differences with his rivals but will not go negative. Hizzoner’s team went into Fla a month ago prepared to spend more than $8 million dollars to win. Rudy does not have a lot of money left and he’s cratering in the polls. He may need to rethink playing nice.


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