Thompson's exit in perspective
One day in the week leading up to the South Carolina primary, the campaign office...asked if [Thompson] would record a video thanking supporters for helping to have raised over a million dollars from the day after the Iowa caucuses to that point.Thanks for running, Fred.
This video was obviously going to be a veiled pitch to send in more money -- a point not lost on Thompson even though the script I wrote never mentioned it.
He told me he wasn't going to record it. Knowing we were facing an uphill climb to stay in the race, and knowing the video would tempt viewers to donate to help the campaign to go onto Florida and February 5th, he said, "I am not going to ask for money under false pretenses."
Throughout the campaign, when reporters inquired about Thompson's commitment to the race because of what Espo and/or Sidoti called his "laid-back style" I answered the same way: "If you're looking for a guy who is going to put on a Clarabell wig and a red nose and jump on stage singing show tunes, you've got the wrong guy."
It is strange that the qualities we are looking for in a sitting President - thoughtful, calm, and serious - are exactly the qualities which we penalize in those running for President.
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