Fred Thompson versus Chris Wallace
Presidential candidate and former Senator Fred Thompson was on Fox News Sunday yesterday (11/25) being interviewed by affable conservative Chris Wallace. Naturally Miter Wallace was eject his own beliefs for the sake of playing a more aggressive challenger, a skilled and adept devil’s advocate. That said, his choice of angles regarding Senator Thompson’s anti-abortion tactic is questionable, and could possibly be seen as putting words in another man’s mouth.
Good for Fred. Good for his excellent, broad based, tax-cut plan — including a flat-tax option and a corporate tax cut.
Good for him for snapping back at Fox’s Chris Wallace when he tried to pull a fast one by citing Fred Barnes and Charles Krauthammer as proof-pudding that Fred can’t win. Good for Fred for mentioning National Review and Investor’s Business Daily for speaking positively about his candidacy. (So, is it true that Fox is dedicating itself to Rudy?)
Good for Fred for showing fire, energy, and animation throughout the interview. It’s the same fire in the belly that I witnessed in our CNBC interview earlier this month.
Look, I have no idea whether Fred can win the GOP nomination. Frankly, I have no idea who is going to win it. And as I’ve written here before, I’m not picking sides. However, I do want a strong and determined Republican field. And I certainly think Fred has regained his footing.
I vastly prefer positive policy visions to down-in-the-mud trashing. (I know, I know, criticizing each other on the issues is a key part of politics.) But my great hope is that the Republican contenders will emphasize their key policy visions as the race heats up.
Senator Thompson noted his new tax plan, which included an end to that death tax that has bothered me lately.
All around a good deal.