Perry Bacon, Jr., compares Fred to McCain in the Washington Post:
Fred Thompson fervently backed the Iraq war, railed against an expanding federal government, took stands that occasionally annoyed his party and rarely spoke about his views on social issues during his tenure as a senator from Tennessee or in his writings and speeches since leaving office.
In short, the man some in the GOP are touting as a dream candidate has often sounded like the presidential hopeful many of them seem ready to dismiss: Sen. John McCain (Ariz.).
A relatively superficial analysis, seems to me. McCain and Thompson are good friends; in fact, that was the reason I originally didn't think Fred would run.
But a simple issue analysis doesn't reflect personality or how they would likely lead as president.
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