Thompson to Consider Presidential Bid?

Eric Dondero reports on his site that Ed Thompson would “consider” a 2008 Presidential campaign. Not sure if this means anything or is just talk at this stage, but still certainly interesting to think about.

From the Mainstream Libertarian...

Elected Libertarian Town Councilman and former Tomah, Wisconsin Mayor Ed Thompson said today that he would “consider” a run for the 2008 Libertarian Presidential Nomination. While tending bar at his expansive and very crowded downtown Tomah bar - the TeePee - Thompson told libertarian political consultant Eric Dondero that that would be “something we need to start kickin’ around.” He added, “yeah, I’d consider it.” Dondero, sucking down a Miller lite, mentioned to Thompson how such a campaign could give great credibility to Libertarians given his elected official status and notoriety. Thompson agreed and added that he thought he could get a great deal of support throughout Wisconsin.

25 Responses to “Thompson to Consider Presidential Bid?”

  1. Nigel Watt Says:

    This is also Eric Dondero.

  2. undercover_anarchist Says:

    Thompson is a legit candidate. The best the LP could hope for out of a more “traditional” campaign.

  3. Jackcjackson Says:

    I agree with both of the above responses.

  4. George Phillies Says:

    I also spoke with Thompson, several months ago, because while organizing the LPMA State Convention I invited everyone who was at that time an apparent candidate. (The list of names then was very different than the current list of names.) Thompson gave me a very polite but quite negative response, if I recall ‘very very unlikely’. Dondero is part of the Republican Libertarian Caucus of the Republican Party, the Party of Torture, a name they can start getting used to, and in my opinion, is reasonably assumed not to be working in the better interests of the Libertarian Party.

  5. undercover_anarchist Says:

    Does Dondero support racist immigration and trade restrictions?

  6. Eric Dondero Says:

    Thanks Austin for covering this. This is a serious effort. Anyone interested in joining the cause should contact me at 979-799-7077.

    I still like Doug Stanhope for the Libertarian nomination. But feel Thompson would give much more credibility to the Libertarian Party and the overall libertarian movement.

    Sorry to see that George Phillies is dissing the effort. But then again, he’s a candidate for the same nomination.

    And btw George, that’s the Republican “Liberty” Caucus, NOT the Republican Libertarian Caucus.

    I fail to see how helping to find a more qualified Libertarian Presidential Candidate for 2008 is not “working in the better interests of the Libertarian Party.”

    Anyone who doubts my committment to the libertarian movement and the Libertarian Party is welcome to contact my good friend, Libertarian Party Vice-Chairman Chuck Moulton, who recently praised my efforts at the Republican Liberty Caucus National Convention in Orlando, Orange County Libertarian Party Chairman Bruce Cohen, LP Ballot Access guru Richard Winger, or LP Political Consultant Thomas Knapp.

  7. Eric Dondero Says:

    Support “racist immigration” and “trade restrictions”?

    What is “racist immigration”? I presume you mean limiting immigration quotas to only certain races? If that’s true, than no I do not support that. An across the board set number for all countries would be best. Though, I do think that Canadians and Mexicans deserve more of a right than anyone else in the world to immigrate since they are our neighbors.

    And btw, I am married to a Chinese Immigrant, Xiao yan Li.

    Trade Restrictions?

    No, I’m a balls to the wall free trader.

  8. undercover_anarchist Says:

    Racist immigration restrictions, racist trade restrictions. A la the Phillies campaign platform. That was my question.

    I don’t know who you are. I’ve heard nothing but negative stuff about you. I’m willing to give you the benefit of the doubt. A true “balls to the walls” free trader is pro-immigration. A true libertarian believes that anyone who wants to come here to work should be allowed to do so. If those are your beliefs, then you get props in my book regardless of your heinous Republican affiliations.

  9. paulie cannoli Says:

    Everything you need to know about Dondero:

    “Joe Lieberman.

    He’s mostly wrong on a whole slew of social and economic matters. But he is RIGHT ON on the War in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    That’s why True libertarians support him.”

    The war trumps any pro-libertarian views he holds.

    As for your questions, Eric’s website which you can view by clicking on his name says in part:

    A BALANCED IMMIGRATION POLICY & PROTECTION OF OUR BORDERS. Protecting our Borders from Illegal Immigration through beefed up enforcement, more Border Patrol and fencing

    As for free trade, I don’t know, but I suspect he’s in favor of globally managed trade such as NAFTA and GATT, or at least sees it as a step in teh right direction.

  10. Joseph Knight Says:

    Hey Phillies, the LP is a party of torture too! It tortures me every time I think about that guy the LP of Taxes is running in CD-22 who wants to impose a tax on me!

  11. Nigel Watt Says:

    LP of Taxes? Was that a horrible pun or are you unaware of what your neighboring state is called?

  12. unknown blogger Says:

    If Miller Lite is any indication of this guys choice then we are in bad shape.

  13. Michael Says:

    Is Ed related to Tommy Thompson? Isn’t Tommy thinking about running for the GOP nomination? Two brothers. Two parties. Could be interesting.

  14. Derrick Says:

    “Dondero [...] mentioned to Thompson how such a campaign could give great credibility to Libertarians given his elected official status and notoriety.”

    Get real. Thompson is a great guy and ran a great campaign for governor. But, being mayor of Tomah does not qualify one for the office of President.

    Thompson should run for the governorship one more time and win, serve out his term and then run for President.

    In the meantime, the LP needs a pres candidate with more leadership experience - someone who has run a Fortune 500 company. Or perhaps we could draft Bob Barr to run on the libertarian ticket? (I don’t know a lot about him, but have been told that he is ideologically libertarian.)

  15. Eric Dondero Says:


    Great comments! Yes, I agree. The Libertarian Party should run a top-notch Presidential candidate for 2008. Bob Barr would be an outstanding choice But it’s getting late in the game.

    I served as Ron Paul’s Travel Aide for his 1988 Libertarian Presidential run. Ron and I campaigned in over 40 states.

    But we started that campaign in late 1985 That’s over 3 years before the election. We’re now well into less than 2 years before the election.

    Doug Stanhope, comedian, made some noises of running. He’d be great too. But he seems to have cooled on the run.

    The reality is that at this late stage it’s going to be super tough for the Libertarian Party to find a top-notch candidate like Bob Barr, Jess Ventura, or former NM Gov. Gary Johson.

    We’ve got to go with our second string. And to me that means:

    1. Ed Thompson
    2. Don Gorman
    3. Judge Gray in CA
    4. Sheriff Masters in CO
    5. Bob Smithers in TX

    We need a “semi-celeb” candidate like Thompson in order that we don’t get stuck with a 3rd tier candidate like George Phillies, Michael Badnarik, or Carol Moore.

    And btw, of the 2nd tier, I think Thompson is by far the superior choice, given that he is the brother of former Governor Tommy Thompson.

    Yeah, former Mayor is not equal to US Congressman, but it’s a heluv alot better than someone who has never held elective office.

    Besides, and you heard it here first, a little birdie told me that if Ed Thompson is the Presidential candidate, there just might be a former state legislator who might run as his running mate for the VP slot.

  16. Eric Dondero Says:

    Response to Paulie Canoli:

    So I take it then you don’t want beefed up protection of our borders?

    Were you aware that just 2 weeks ago, an illegal immigrant who had already been deported once and had molested a 9 year old girl, killed a cop in my hometown of Houston?

    Yes, let those Mexicans who wish to work, and have no criminal background in Mexico come to the US legally. No problem there. But are you really against running a quick background check to those who wish to immigrate at our borders?

    And as for Lieberman, damned right I want him to win over that quasi-Communist Ned Lamont.

    Lieberman was slammed by Lamont for his support of school choice, tax cuts, privatization of social security and opposition to affirmative action.

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but I always thought vouchers, ss privatizaion, tax cuts, and ending affirmative action were libertarian causes?

  17. Chris Moore Says:

    If Thompson couldn’t be persuaded to run for Congress where he had a legitimate (though long shot) chance of winning, then why would he run for President?

  18. Eric Dondero Says:

    Chris, all I can say is that I got a positive reaction from him when I raised the subject at his downtown Tomah bar. 24 hours is a lifetime in politics. Things change in this business from day to day.

    I remember back in 1985 reading an interview with Ron Paul where he said he would not consider a run for President on the Libertarian ticket. Then a few months later he was campaigning for the Libertarian Nomination.

    Then in the early 1990s, Ron Paul categorically denied that he would ever leave the Libertarian Party and return to the GOP. Then in 1995 he was back as a Republican.

    Things may have changed in Ed Thompson’s personal situation or political situation there in Wisconsin, which has made him much more open to a Presidential run.

  19. Matt Thomas Says:

    For a local Wisconsin take on Ed’s supposed presidential run, check out my blog entry called “Ed and Tommy Take Over the World”:

  20. no way Says:

    No way, why would anyone want him to run. He’s a joker. He is far from “legit” He can’t even make a valid point on the Tomah City Council. Run for President?? Right. Don’t embarrass yourself Eddy.

  21. Eric Dondero Says:

    Damn right Ed’s a jokester. But so what?

    Would you rather have a boring-ass dry sense of humor Michael Badnarik style candidate?

  22. undercover_anarchist Says:

    Defend OUR borders?

    Sorry. I don’t blieve in collective property. Commie.

  23. Eric Dondero Says:

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  25. chris Says:

    hey every thing libertarian is a damn good thing….however letting illegals come over here to work?......have you lost your freakin mind? the mexican government supports it ya know why? they’re one of the richest countries in the world and have one of the poorest populations….this means the government officials are keeping all the profits for themselves while encouraging illegal immigration because those immigrants will work over here and send their money to their families in mexico thereby contributing to mexicos economy while hurting ours by taking jobs and then sending the money they make out of the country…....heres an off the wall idea whoever wants to become citizens of america may come over and stay in a government furnished housing unit with 3 meals a day heat electricity and all modern conveniences in exchange they work for no pay for a certain period of time to earn their citizenship this would allow the poor ones an equal opportunity to gain citizenship as the rich ones and alot less money would be leaving america while the ones coming over illegally are charged with felonies…..think about it if they have citizenship then they can not work for less then minimum wage thereby giving all citizens equal chances of employment…..oh yeah and im not saying imprison them in the housing units either they could move around freely but be required to carry some kind of temporary id maybe with a tracking device…..just an idea if you open the borders then ya might give equal pay to all but the immigrants are gonna be sending their money back to their country which would by the way have no benifits for us whatsoever. every other issue the libertarian party has i completly agree with so if im not a real libertarian i’ll tell ya what i’ll form another party and all that will be left of the libertarians is a few hundred die hard types with even less chance of winning an election….p.s by the way that idea was just that an idea if you have a better plan go with it but make sure it benifits your country instead of hurting it like every other plan the dems and republicans come up with

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