A lot of talk can be heard from supporters of other GOP candidates about "Fred Thompson never did anything, why is he so special? What are his credentials?"
Well, let's take a look a few things that he's done...
- Was a key player when part of the Watergate Committee.
- Chaired the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee, enacted legislation that required federal agencies to calculate and report the cost of regulations on taxpayers and businesses.
- Also, as Chair of the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee, he led the Senate's investigation into the Campaign Finance Scandal during the Clinton administration, where it was found that China was attempting to influence American politics by laundering funds to Democratic politicians and candidates through Party donors and fundraisers.
- Served on the Senate Finance Committee, helped to enact 3 federal tax cuts.
- Served on the Senate Intelligence Committee, attempted to include an amendment in the bill that gave full-trade status with China that would require the President to impose sanctions on China if it violated non-nuclear proliferation agreements. This amendment did not pass, but was part of Thompson's efforts to tie free trade with our national security in a sensible way.
- While on the Senate Intelligence Committee, Thompson also focused on ending the proliferation of nuclear arms to our enemies to increase our national security.
- Also, Fred was part of the Senate Intelligence Committee when it reviewed the failings in intelligence and analysis that led to 9/11, as well as what changes needed to be made in order to prevent another attack such as 9/11 from occurring.
Fred Thompson's biggest focuses while on Capital Hill seem to be the reduction of wasteful spending by the government, lower taxes, sensible free trade, increased and intelligent national security, and putting an end to corruption within the government. Considering the biggest issues of the day involve fiscal responsibility, open and honest government, and national security...I'd say that Fred's got qualifications.
Information courtesy of I'm With Fred and Wikipedia.