Fred Thompson on Immigration

From an A.P. article published widely the other day:

Fred Thompson, a potential Republican presidential candidate, suggested that the 1986 immigration law signed by President Reagan is to blame for the country’s illegal immigrants and he bemoaned a nation beset by “suicidal maniacs.”

“Twelve million illegal immigrants later, we are now living in a nation that is beset by people who are suicidal maniacs and want to kill countless innocent men, women and children around the world,” the former Tennessee senator said.

One question of many prompted by this quote: assuming that Thompson does run for President, does this statement lead to a net gain or net loss in votes?

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  1. XopherMV says:

    The quote doesn’t necessarily mean that all 12 million are suicide terrorists. Even though a good number of those illegal immigrants are otherwise upstanding people, a good many are not. Since we don’t know who these illegal immigrants are, where they come from, what they believe, and what grudges they hold, it is safe to assume that some of them could be terrorists.

    This statement won’t hurt Thompson at all. In fact, it may help him considering McCain’s position. The majority of the American population, including the majority of conservatives, are against illegal immigration and amnesty.

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  2. XopherMV says:

    The quote doesn’t necessarily mean that all 12 million are suicide terrorists. Even though a good number of those illegal immigrants are otherwise upstanding people, a good many are not. Since we don’t know who these illegal immigrants are, where they come from, what they believe, and what grudges they hold, it is safe to assume that some of them could be terrorists.

    This statement won’t hurt Thompson at all. In fact, it may help him considering McCain’s position. The majority of the American population, including the majority of conservatives, are against illegal immigration and amnesty.

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  3. broham says:

    Frightening that such a question could even be asked!

    One of Thompson’s assets seems to be lack of exposure (other than the fictional charaters he’s protrayed on TV). As he’s already fairly popular in polls I think it’s likely extreme comments will hurt more than help his potential candidacy.

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  4. broham says:

    Frightening that such a question could even be asked!

    One of Thompson’s assets seems to be lack of exposure (other than the fictional charaters he’s protrayed on TV). As he’s already fairly popular in polls I think it’s likely extreme comments will hurt more than help his potential candidacy.

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  5. Terp82 says:

    People always seem to want what they can’t have. Right now they seem to want the Fred Thompson they see on Law and Order. I think the quote shows that the real Fred is someone quite different. If he actually throws his hat in the ring, I think quotes like this (extreme in nature) will ultimately hurt him.

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  6. Terp82 says:

    People always seem to want what they can’t have. Right now they seem to want the Fred Thompson they see on Law and Order. I think the quote shows that the real Fred is someone quite different. If he actually throws his hat in the ring, I think quotes like this (extreme in nature) will ultimately hurt him.

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  7. jcl says:

    I fail to follow the logic. Is Mr. Thompson trying to equate illegal immigrants to suicidal maniacs? You have to read between the lines to really draw that conclusion.

    Me being Asian, it’s easy to imagine that Mr. Thompson is referring to the Virginia Tech tragedy, where a legal Korean immigrant committed those horrible crimes.

    Perhaps Mr. Thompson needs to take some classes on presenting his points clearly and concisely. Oh wait… they are politicians, they are trained to not offer anything concrete…

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  8. jcl says:

    I fail to follow the logic. Is Mr. Thompson trying to equate illegal immigrants to suicidal maniacs? You have to read between the lines to really draw that conclusion.

    Me being Asian, it’s easy to imagine that Mr. Thompson is referring to the Virginia Tech tragedy, where a legal Korean immigrant committed those horrible crimes.

    Perhaps Mr. Thompson needs to take some classes on presenting his points clearly and concisely. Oh wait… they are politicians, they are trained to not offer anything concrete…

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