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Morton Blackwell Endorses Fred Thompson for President
Standard Newswire ^ | 12/11/2007 | Jeff Sadosky

Posted on 12/11/2007 12:49:22 PM PST by MeanWestTexan

Virginia National Committeeman Supporting Thompson

MCLEAN, Virginia, Dec. 11 /Standard Newswire/ -- Today the Fred Thompson campaign announced that conservative leader and Virginia Republican National Committeeman Morton Blackwell is endorsing Senator Thompson for President of the United States.

"Of all the candidates who have a chance of winning the Republican presidential nomination, Fred Thompson is my choice," said Morton Blackwell. "Senator Thompson has the most conservative instincts on the public policy issues that are important to America."

Morton Blackwell is well known in conservative circles as the Founder and President of the Leadership Institute, an educational foundation, which trains young conservatives for leadership in the political sphere. Prior to founding the Leadership Institute, Mr. Blackwell was Barry Goldwater's youngest elected delegate to the 1964 Republican National Convention in San Francisco. He was a national convention Alternate Delegate for Ronald Reagan in 1968 and 1976, and a Ronald Reagan Delegate at the 1980 national convention. He currently serves as a Virginia Republican National Committeeman.

"I am grateful for the endorsement of Morton Blackwell, who is one of the most respected leaders of the conservative movement in America," said Senator Thompson. "His long history in the conservative movement matches my own journey. We were both early supporters of Barry Goldwater and Ronald Reagan and we have been consistent conservatives since. I appreciate Morton's confidence in my commitment to conservative principles, my vision for our country, and my ability to lead it."

TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Virginia
KEYWORDS: 2008; 2008endorsements; election; elections; fred; fredthompson; leadershipinstitute; li; mortonblackwell; va2008; virginia
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Some of the old conservative guard.
1 posted on 12/11/2007 12:49:22 PM PST by MeanWestTexan
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Great news! This race isn't over yet. We still need Hunter and Tancredo to do the right thing by stepping aside and endorsing Fred. It's the only way to get a conservative nominated.

Fred08 - Contribute Now

2 posted on 12/11/2007 12:53:48 PM PST by BubbaBasher (WWW.TWFRED08.COM)
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To: BubbaBasher

I noticed George P. Bush was working on the campagin for Fred Thompson.

Interesting old/new guard conservative mix.

3 posted on 12/11/2007 12:55:56 PM PST by MeanWestTexan (Kol Hakavod Fred Thompson)
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4 posted on 12/11/2007 1:03:44 PM PST by visualops (
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To: 2nd amendment mama


5 posted on 12/11/2007 1:32:04 PM PST by basil (Support the Second Amendment--buy another gun today!)
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To: basil

Bump from a proud Virginian!

6 posted on 12/11/2007 1:33:25 PM PST by rightazrain ("Once we have a war there is only one thing to do. It must be won. " -- Ernest Hemingway)
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To: BubbaBasher

I noticed the Paulistinians don’t spam this endorsement, as they presumably have no lies to spread about this guy.

7 posted on 12/11/2007 2:00:21 PM PST by MeanWestTexan (Kol Hakavod Fred Thompson)
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To: MeanWestTexan; girlangler; KoRn; Shortstop7; Lunatic Fringe; Darnright; babygene; pitbully; ...
Another excellent endorsement for Fred!!

8 posted on 12/11/2007 2:06:02 PM PST by jellybean ( Proud Ann-droid and a Steyn-aholic)
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To: BubbaBasher

Not time yet. let them run.

9 posted on 12/11/2007 2:09:21 PM PST by ejonesie22 (In America all people have a right to be wrong, some just exercise it a bit much...)
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">Tonight At 5:30: Fred Thompson Interview

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Lawrenceburg, Tennessee's Fred Thomspon sat down with Katie Couric for a one-on-one question and answer session.

"Do you think climate change or the risks of climate change are being overblown?" Couric asked Thompson.

"I think it's something we have to take very seriously," Thompson said. "I don't think there's any question that warming is going on."

The Republican presidential candidate said there are still many unanswered questions, but he knows the environment is a serious topic on voters' minds.

Thompson recently dropped in the polls, while his fellow candidates Mike Huckabee and Mitt Romney rose in popularity.

You can see more of Fred Thompson's interview with Katie Couric, Tuesday night on the CBS evening news at 5:30 p.m.

Check local listing...

10 posted on 12/11/2007 2:10:22 PM PST by jellybean ( Proud Ann-droid and a Steyn-aholic)
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To: MeanWestTexan

They probably never heard of him. They’re too young.

11 posted on 12/11/2007 2:40:18 PM PST by isrul
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To: MeanWestTexan

Now if only the NRA will step up.

12 posted on 12/11/2007 2:46:33 PM PST by Sybeck1 (Join me for the Million Minutemen March --- Summer 2008!!)
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To: isrul

Let’s give them an education; I remember him for giving out band-aids with little purple hearts on them to mock Kerry.

From Wikipedia:

In youth politics, he was a College Republican state chairman and a Young Republican state chairman in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Blackwell served on the Young Republican National Committee for more than a dozen years. He rose to the position of Young Republican National Federation national vice chairman at large. He worked for seven years under direct mail conservative guru Richard Viguerie. Off and on for five and half years, 1965-1970, he worked as executive director of the College Republican National Committee under four consecutive College Republican national chairmen. He served on the Louisiana Republican state central committee for eight years.

Blackwell was first elected to the Arlington County Republican Committee in 1972. He is a member of the Virginia Republican state central committee and was first elected in 1988 as Virginia’s Republican National Committeeman , a post he still holds. In 2004 he was elected to the Executive Committee of the RNC.

Longtime political activist
Having worked actively in politics since 1960, he has probably trained more political activists than any other conservative. Starting in the 1960s, he has trained thousands of people who have served on staff for conservative and Republican candidates in every state.

Blackwell was Barry Goldwater’s youngest elected delegate to the 1964 Republican National Convention in San Francisco. In the spring of 1966, he worked for the election of Roderick Miller of Lafayette as only the third Republican member of the Louisiana legislature since Reconstruction.

He was a national convention alternate delegate for Ronald Reagan in 1968 and 1976, and a Ronald Reagan delegate at the 1980 Republican National Convention.

In 1980, he organized and oversaw the national youth effort for Ronald Reagan.

He served as Special Assistant to the President on President Reagan’s White House Staff 1981-1984.

Blackwell is considered something of a specialist in matters relating to the rules of the Republican Party. He served on rules committees of the state Republican parties in Louisiana and Virginia. He serves now on the RNC’s Standing Committee on Rules and has attended every meeting of the Republican National Conventions’ Rules Committees since 1972.

Council for National Policy

Blackwell has been a member since 1984 of the Council for National Policy, a group of politically active conservatives. Founders included Richard Viguerie, the Virginia direct-mail specialist, Paul Weyrich, Howard Phillips of the Constitution Party, and Phyllis Schlafly, a St. Louis activist who led the opposition to the proposed Equal Rights Amendment. Another founder was Tim LaHaye, author of the Left Behind novels. The council does not make its proceedings public. When he first ran for president, George W. Bush addressed the Council for National Policy. His remarks from 2000 have never been unveiled.

The Mont Pelerin Society
The Council for National Policy
Executive Director of The Council for National Policy, 1991-2000
White House Staff as Special Assistant to President Reagan for Public Liaison, 1981-1984
Former Staff Member, Senate Republican Policy Committee
Former Staff Member, U.S. Senator Gordon Humphrey
Founder (1979) and President, The Leadership Institute
Founder and Chairman, Conservative Leadership PAC
Board member, Reagan Alumni Association
Former Editor, The New Right Report
Board member, American Conservative Union
Board member, Free Congress Foundation
Director, Free Congress Foundation
Chairman, Legislative Studies Institute
Director, National Right to Work Committee
Trustee, The Philadelphia Society

In December 2000, during the Florida recount controversy, Blackwell decried the perceived tactics of the Democrats. “These people are basically Leninists. They will stop at nothing to win.” He opined that “it could get bloody — figuratively and, I fear, literally.”

Blackwell was also at the center of controversy during the 2004 Republican National Convention, when he passed out purple heart bandages which were perceived as an attack against Democratic nominee John Kerry. The Kerry campaign attacked the activity as the Republican Party mocking United States Soldiers.

13 posted on 12/11/2007 2:54:58 PM PST by MeanWestTexan (Kol Hakavod Fred Thompson)
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14 posted on 12/11/2007 3:12:30 PM PST by isrul
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To: MeanWestTexan

We just received our annual jar of Morton’s honey for our years of support for his Leadership Institute foundation efforts on behalf of Young Republicans across the country.

This years honey came from Montana because of the bee disease in Virginia...

15 posted on 12/11/2007 3:19:38 PM PST by tubebender (The probability of being watched is directly proportional to the stupidity of your act.)
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To: MeanWestTexan

Good endorsement.

Go Fred!

16 posted on 12/11/2007 3:29:59 PM PST by Route66 (America's Main Street - - - Fred D. Thompson / Consistent Conservative...The One with Gravitas)
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To: Route66

Too late for Couric...someone please let us know how he did.

FRED THOMPSON (true Conservative Federalist) - NATIONAL SECURITY EXPERIENCE (I’ll do whatever it takes to stop the bastards, include water-boarding) - 2ND AMENDMENT ADVOCATE (arm everyone and the criminals will back off) - SECURE THE BORDERS (starve the bastards out and they will go home) - LAW AND ORDER (enforcement first and foremost) - SOCIAL SECURITY REFORM (the program can’t sustain itself) - DEFEAT THE DEMOCRAT (any fool they put up) – TAX SIMPLIFICATION (choice for the tax payer) - PING!

17 posted on 12/11/2007 4:45:44 PM PST by Bobbisox (ALL AMERICAN GRANDMA FREEPER FredHEAD! The Hunt for a FRED November is on! Don't be fooled!)
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To: BubbaBasher
I don't think either man "needs" to do this at present and if they do there shouldn't be any unnecessary pressure from those of us who are supporting Fred. They are both men of principle and quite capable of making their own choices.

Fred will need all the help he can get and hopefully, if the time comes Hunter, Tancredo, and McCain supporters will get behind Fred.

18 posted on 12/11/2007 4:49:11 PM PST by ImpBill ("America ... Where are you now?" --Greg Adams--Brownsville, TX --On the other Front Line)
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19 posted on 12/11/2007 5:47:15 PM PST by ellery (I don't remember a constitutional amendment that gives you the right not to be identified-R.Giuliani)
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To: Sybeck1


No gun grabbers for the GOP nomination.

20 posted on 12/11/2007 5:48:49 PM PST by Jet Jaguar (Who would the terrorists vote for?)
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