Fred Thompson endorses McCain

All the “Fredheads” have been waiting for him to make some noise again and he finally has, story from The Trail:

Fred Thompson, the one-time Republican presidential candidate, endorsed Sen. John McCain Friday, calling on the party to “close ranks” behind the presumed nominee.

“This is no longer about past preferences or differences. It is about what is best for our country and for me that means that Republican should close ranks behind John McCain,” Thompson said in a statement reported by the Associated Press.

Thompson’s endorsement was expected. The two men were colleagues for years in the Senate and shared what associates called a friendship. But while he was in the race, Thompson had bristled at the idea that he was going to drop out and endorse McCain.

The endorsement now may help McCain to coalesce the factions of the party around him. Thompson, who represented Tennessee in the Senate for eight years, is thought of well in the South, an area that McCain has not done well in.

Does that change your opinion on John McCain?

Update

Or does it change your opinion about Thompson?

  • Ryker

    It definitely changes my opinion on Thompson. Sounds like he is just wanting a winner as fast as possible for some reason. Pick the best one, mr. conservative, which is Mike Huckabee. This is ridiculous. People need to wake up or else we’re going to have two democrats racing against each other in the final election. Choose a true Republican people and STOP McCAIN!

  • Jay Em

    Maybe Thompson wants a spot under McCain’s administration.
    It changes my opinion of Thompson too, but then again, he is no longer running so who cares.
    Mike has an opportunity like never before to show and tell the american people what he is all about. It is up to us to listen.
    Will we?

  • Anthony

    I think it means Fred Thompson isn’t as conservative as Foxnews, Rush, and Hannity tried to portray him. I also think it means that McCain isn’t nearly as liberal as the same media outlets claim as well. If you look at their respective conservative ratings in the Senate, Thompson has an 86 and McCain has an 82. I would also point out that McCain having a much longer service record makes it that much harder for him to have a conservative record that pleases everyone unlike Thompson who has only served two terms. I also think he is trying to rally the party behind McCain because they see him as the obvious nominee now. However, while Huckabee is still in the race their is a chance however slight that he may pull enough delegates to prevent McCain from getting the 1191 he needs which will then result in a brokered convention in which Huckabee has a much better chance to pull an upset victory being that he is a better communicator and debater than McCain to pull delegates to his side.

  • hillplus

    What it means is that McCain is the least of the three viable evils. Now that ROMNEY, the very best candidate, is out, who is left to vote for? Don’t say Huckabee, I don’t want a pastor in chief.

    Thompson is trying to do what is best for the party, McCain is someone I will have a very hard time voting for. But I can understand the Position of Thompson AND Romney in wanting to keep the Republican party strong. Huckabee seems to be in it for the power now.