Posted: June 20, 2007 3:42 PM
Fred Thompson Pays Thatcher a Visit
Former Tennessee GOP Sen. Fred Thompson visited Margaret Thatcher, Britain’s former prime minister, in London this week and delivered a speech in the city at a conservative think tank, the Policy Exchange. The Politico reported that Thompson advisers hope the trip will support his foreign policy credentials and fuel comparisons to former President Reagan.
Turning his attention to Iran, Thompson called Tehran a serious threat and said tougher sanctions or a blockade could spur internal regime change. He also said military action should remain an option, according to Reuters.
On Iraq, Thompson said he was against troop withdrawal which would portray the United States as weak. “I hope the political process allows us to avail ourselves of every realistic opportunity we have to leave that place under better than horrible circumstances,” he told Reuters.
Thompson is ranked in the top tier of GOP candidates in various polls released this week, according to the Politico. A Los Angeles Times/Bloomberg poll showed him with 21 percent of the GOP vote, right behind former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani who carried 27 percent.
A Quinnipiac poll showed Thompson tied with Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., at 15 percent, again behind Giuliani who had 27 percent.
And an NBC/Wall Street Journal poll showed Thompson at 20 percent, following Giuliani at 29 percent. Thompson was the first GOP candidate this year to best Giuliani for No. 1, according to a Rasmussen Reports poll, although it was by a statistically insignificant 1 percent.