PRESS RELEASE from TN Republican House Caucus

House of Representatives

State of Tennessee

For Immediate Release / March 15, 2007                                                                                                         Contact: Kara Watkins

Republicans encourage Fred Thompson to enter presidential race

NASHVILLE - The Republican leadership in both houses sent a letter to former United States Senator Fred Thompson this week, encouraging him to enter the presidential race.  Speculation about a run for the White House erupted over the weekend, after Thompson appeared on Fox News and said he was “considering running” for president.

The letter cites Thompson’s “exemplary service” to the state of Tennessee, calling him a “staunch conservative” and “a man of his word with good commonsense values.”  The letter thanks him for his service to Tennessee and the United States, and enthusiastically calls for Thompson to become a candidate for the presidency.

The letter is signed by the Republican leaders of each house, as well as the Republican caucus chairmen, and an overwhelming majority of both caucus’ members. “Fred Thompson has shown that he has a keen ability to lead,” said House Minority Leader Jason Mumpower.  “We believe that he is a staunch conservative who would lead with integrity, and we are encouraging him to take his red pickup truck across America.”


Kara Watkins

Press Secretary

TN House Republican Caucus

(615) 741-1975 Ext. 44701

Room 102 War Memorial Building

Mark Norris

(615) 741-1967

State of Tennessee

March 13, 2007

Jason Mumpower

(615) 741-2050

Senator Fred Thompson
P.O. Box 143
Hermitage, TN  37076

Dear Fred,

        We are writing to enthusiastically urge you to become a candidate for the Presidency of the United States.  We believe that you are the right candidate at this time in our country's history to both unite our party and to lead this nation into a new era.

        As Tennesseans, we are proud of your exemplary service to our state and this nation as our former United State Senator.  We believe you have the attributes to serve our nation in this highest office, beginning with your honorable service in our state as a prosecutor and then as a nationally renowned counsel during the Watergate investigation.

        We also believe you have the kind of experience needed on the international level, as special counsel to both the Senate Foreign Relations and Senate Intelligence Committees, and later as a leader on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the Chariman of the Subcommittee on International Economic Policy, Exprot and Trade Promotion.

        On the domestic front, your distinguished work as Chair of the Special Committee on the Aging and Chair of the Subcommittee on Youth Violence, are two of the many reasons that you have the kind of insight needed on some of the most important domestic issues facing America today.

        We know you as a staunch conservative, a man of his word with good commonsense values and a deep appreciation for those of all walks of life.  It is for that reason, along with those listed above and many more, that we ask you to take the "red pickup truck" across America to do what you have always done so well - win elections.

        Than you for your outstanding service to Tennessee and our nation.  We hope you will continue that service as the next President of the United States of America.

Ron Ramsey
Lieutenant Governor
Mark Norris
Senate Majority Leader
Jason Mumpower
House Minority Leader

Diane Black
Senate Majority Caucus Chairman
Glean Casada
House Minority Caucus Chairman

Representative Jon Lundberg

Representative Judd Matheny

Representative Mike Harrison

Representative Parkey Strader

Senator Rusty Crowe

Senator Bill Ketron

Senator Raymond Finney

Senator Paul Stanley

Senator Tim Burchett

Representative William Baird

Representative Matthew Hill

Representative Brian Kelsey

Senator Jim Tracy

Senator Mae Beavers

Senator Bo Watson

Senator Jamie Woodson

Senator Jack Johnson

Senator Dewayne Bunch

Senator Steve Southerland

Senator Randy McNally

Representative Mike Bell

Representative Kent Williams

Representative Tom DuBois

Representative Gerald McCormick

Representative Kevin Brooks

Representative Jim Cobb

Representative Chris Crider

Representative Jim Coley

Representative Vince Dean

Representative Jimmy Matlock

Representative Eric Swafford

Representative Debra Maggart

Representative Joe McCord

Representative Dale Ford

Representative Steve McManus

Representative Phillip Johnson

Representative Frank Niceley

Representative Harry Brooks

Representative Jimmy Eldridge

Representative Steve McDaniel

Representative David Hawk

Representative Dolores Gresham

Representative Ron Lollar

Representative Susan Lynn

Representative Beth Harwell

Representative Doug Overbey

Representative Joey Hensley

Representative Curtis Johnson

Representative Dennis Roach

Representative Richard Montgomery

Representative Charles Sargent

Representative Eric Watson

Representative Curry Todd

Representative Donna Rowland

Representative Richard Floyd