Finally, a candidate who just might be real. It would have been easy for Thompson to promise all sorts of things. But he didn’t; he made no false promises to the Cuban American community to end the hated wet foot dry foot policy or anything else.
I appreciate Fred Thompson’s down to earth straight-forwardness. No Q cards, no script, he just tells you what he thinks.
I’m in LA, so obviously, I wasn’t present for Thompson’s visit to Versailles yesterday, but from what I’ve read and heard, I like his presentation. He didn’t come with a prepared speech, he didn’t make false promises, he just spent his allotted time letting people know who he is and what he believes.
As far as I can tell, like him or not Fred Thompson is the real deal, and he has his facts straight on Cuba.
I’ve almost written a book on fidel’s ties with terrorists, and I’m not the only one. How many of us have used that evidence in argument against castro apologists?
So what’s the problem with Fred stating the obvious? Anyone with half a brain knows that Fred Thompson does not consider Cuban refugees terrorists, his remarks alluding to the fact that Cuba is a known sponsor of terrorism, and that some Cubans entering the country may be suspect is not a blanket statement.
It seems to me, he’s saying much the same as many of us have been saying:
“I understand the price that you have paid. I know your leaders. One of the things that I would do is stay in close contact with your leaders and especially those in Florida,” Thompson said. “The first thing that any president would have to do is recognize the reality. And in this case it’s the reality of the fact that Castro is a dictator and he suppresses his own people.”
Fred Thompson is not running for the office of Cuba’s liberator, Fred Thompson is running for the office of president of the United States. I haven’t made my choice for ’08 yet, but I appreciate what Fred Thompson has not said, I appreciate the respect he has shown by not pandering.