30 December 2007

Thompson’s Refreshing Non-Ambition, Thoughtfulness

Senator Fred Thompson is eager to get out one message before the Iowa caucuses: he’s not running for president to fulfill personal ambition. That message was loud and clear on Fox News Sunday this morning, and he apparently delivered the message at a town hall meeting as well.

In a campaign where some candidates have had arguments about how young their adversaries were when contemplating a run for president (see Clinton v. Obama), it is more than a little refreshing to have a candidate state simply that he’s doing it because he and others think that he would govern well. I would tend to agree.

Another interesting comment Senator Thompson made was that “Nowadays, it's all about fire in the belly. I'm not sure in the world we live in today it's a terribly good thing that a president has too much fire in his belly.” Again, I would tend to agree. Where other candidates pop off about this or that (Obama would, theoretically, invade Pakistan; Huckabee isn’t sure about much on foreign affairs; Clinton would “take those profits” and has no rudder on illegals and driver’s licenses), Thompson appears to calmly consider things.

His only downside on FNS this morning was his overuse of “um” during the interview. Where that may come across on television poorly, on closer examination (and in comparison with other candidates) it shows consideration of a question in lieu of launching into a memorized answer that may or may not relate directly to the question posed.

I hope that Senator Thompson is still in the picture when the Texas primaries finally roll around. According to the pundits, the race may be all over by the time I get to vote.

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