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Fred Dalton Thompson's Ratings and Endorsements

2008 Endorsements

  • Adam Putnam
  • Bob Corker
  • Dan Burton
  • David Davis
  • David R. Hiott
  • Don Manzullo
  • Dwight A. Loftis
  • Eric M. Bedingfield
  • George E. "Chip" Campsen
  • Gresham Barrett
  • Harry F. Cato
  • James H. "Jim" Ritchie
  • James Inhofe
  • Jeff Miller
  • Jeffrey D. "Jeff" Duncan
  • John D. Hawkins
  • John Duncan
  • John Sullivan
  • Lamar Alexander
  • Lawrence K. "Larry" Grooms
  • Lee Terry
  • Louie Gohmert
  • Lynn Westmoreland
  • Marsha Blackburn
  • Michael D. Thompson
  • Ray Cleary
  • Roger Wicker
  • Steve Buyer
  • Steve King
  • Sue Myrick
  • Thad Cochran
  • Thaddeus McCotter
  • W. Brian White
  • Zach Wamp

Business and Consumers

2002 National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association - Positions 67%
2002 United States Public Interest Research Group - Positions 5%
2001-2002 National Association for the Self-Employed - Positions 100%
2001 National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 83%
2001 National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association - Positions 80%
2001 Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council - Positions 92%
2001 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 93%
2001 United States Public Interest Research Group - Positions 6%
2000 Associated Builders & Contractors - Positions 71%
2000 Business-Industry Political Action Committee - Positions 84%
2000 Consumer Federation of America - Positions 20%
2000 Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council - Positions 100%
2000 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 93%
1999-2000 National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 91%
1999-2000 Public Citizen's Congress Watch - Positions 25%
1999-2000 United States Public Interest Research Group - Positions 7%
1999 Associated Builders & Contractors - Positions 60%
1999 Business-Industry Political Action Committee - Positions 88%
1999 Consumer Federation of America - Positions 17%
1999 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 71%
1999 United States Public Interest Research Group - Positions 31%
1998 Associated Builders & Contractors - Positions 86%
1998 Consumer Federation of America - Positions 30%
1998 Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council - Positions 85%
1998 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 89%
1997-1998 National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 86%
1997-1998 Public Citizen's Congress Watch - Positions 17%
1997-1998 United States Public Interest Research Group - Positions 31%
1997 Associated Builders & Contractors - Positions 80%
1997 Business-Industry Political Action Committee - Positions 76%
1997 Consumer Federation of America - Positions 43%
1997 National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 80%
1997 Public Citizen's Congress Watch - Positions 12%
1997 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 60%
1996 Business-Industry Political Action Committee - Positions 90%
1996 Consumer Federation of America - Positions 36%
1996 United States Chamber of Commerce - Positions 100%
1995-1996 Associated Builders & Contractors - Positions 100%
1995-1996 National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 90%
1995-1996 Public Citizen's Congress Watch - Positions 43%
1995-1996 United States Public Interest Research Group - Positions 22%
1995 Associated Builders & Contractors - Positions 100%

Civil Liberties and Civil Rights

2001 American Civil Liberties Union - Positions 0%
2001 Common Cause - Positions 100%
2001 Human Rights Campaign - Positions 20%
2001 League of United Latin American Citizens - Positions 27%
2001 National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) - Positions 9%
2000 American Civil Liberties Union - Positions 14%
2000 League of United Latin American Citizens - Positions 13%
2000 National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) - Positions 27%
1999-2000 Human Rights Campaign - Positions 14%
1999-2000 Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights - Positions 25%
1999 American Civil Liberties Union - Positions 17%
1999 Human Rights Campaign - Positions 17%
1999 National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) - Positions 27%
1998 National Organization for Women - Positions 0%
1997-1998 American Civil Liberties Union - Positions 0%
1997-1998 Home School Legal Defense Association - Positions 80%
1997-1998 Human Rights Campaign - Positions 33%
1997-1998 Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights - Positions 10%
1997-1998 League of United Latin American Citizens - Positions 0%
1997 American Civil Liberties Union - Positions 0%
1996 American Civil Liberties Union - Positions 11%
1995-1996 Human Rights Campaign - Positions 000%
1995-1996 Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights - Positions 25%
1995-1996 National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) - Positions 30%

Federal, State and Local Relations

2000 National Association of Counties - Positions 66%

Foreign Affairs

2001 Friends Committee on National Legislation - Positions 8%
2001 National Journal - Liberal on Foreign Policy Score 7%
2001 Peace Action - Positions 14%
2001 Washington Report on Middle East Affairs (WRMEA) - Positions 0%
2000 Friends Committee on National Legislation - Positions 9%
2000 National Journal - Liberal on Foreign Policy Score 17%
2000 National Journal - Conservative on Foreign Policy Score 75%
2000 Peace Action - Positions 11%
1999-2000 PeacePAC - Positions 13%
1999 Council for a Livable World - Positions 14%
1999 Friends Committee on National Legislation - Positions 50%
1999 National Journal - Conservative on Defense/Foreign Policy Score 77%
1999 Peace Action - Positions 23%
1998 Friends Committee on National Legislation - Positions 7%
1998 National Journal - Liberal on Defense/Foreign Policy Score 12%
1998 National Journal - Conservative on Defense/Foreign Policy Score 75%
1998 Peace Action - Positions 8%
1997-1998 Council for a Livable World - Positions 0%
1997 Center for Security Policy - Positions 100%
1997 Council for a Livable World - Positions 0%
1997 Friends Committee on National Legislation - Positions 21%
1997 Peace Action - Positions 8%
1996 Center for Security Policy - Positions 86%
1996 Council for a Livable World - Positions 9%
1996 National Journal - Conservative on Defense/Foreign Policy Score 74%
1996 National Journal - Liberal on Foreign\Defense Policy 0%
1996 Peace Action - Positions 18%
1995-1996 Friends Committee on National Legislation - Peace and Justice Score 17%
1995 Peace Action - Positions 8%

Impartial/Nonpartisan

2001 Common Cause - Positions 100%

Labor Unions

2001 American Federation of Government Employees - Positions 0%
2001 American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) - Positions 13%
2001 International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers - Positions 25%
2001 International Brotherhood of Boilermakers - Positions 40%
2001 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) - Positions 12%
2001 Transportation Communications Union - Positions 18%
2001 United Auto Workers - Positions 0%
2001 United Food & Commercial Workers - Positions 0%
2000 American Federation of Government Employees - Positions 0%
2000 American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) - Positions 0%
2000 American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) - Positions 0%
2000 Communications Workers of America - Positions 0%
2000 International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers - Positions 0%
2000 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) - Positions 0%
2000 United Auto Workers - Positions 0%
1999-2000 National Farmers Union - Positions 33%
1999 American Federation of Government Employees - Positions 0%
1999 American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) - Positions 0%
1999 Communications Workers of America - Positions 0%
1999 International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers - Positions 0%
1999 International Brotherhood of Boilermakers - Positions 0%
1999 Transportation Communications Union - Positions 0%
1999 United Auto Workers - Positions 0%
1998 American Federation of Government Employees - Positions 10%
1998 Communications Workers of America - Positions 14%
1998 International Brotherhood of Boilermakers - Positions 33%
1998 National Farmers Union - Positions 40%
1998 Transportation Communications Union - Positions 60%
1998 United Auto Workers - Positions 10%
1997-1998 International Brotherhood of Teamsters - Positions 17%
1997 American Federation of Government Employees - Positions 25%
1997 American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) - Positions 0%
1997 American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) - Positions 0%
1997 Communications Workers of America - Positions 0%
1997 National Farmers Union - Positions 71%
1997 United Auto Workers - Positions 0%
1997 United Food & Commercial Workers - Positions 0%
1996 American Federation of Government Employees - Positions 5%
1996 American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) - Positions 0%
1996 Communications Workers of America - Positions on Workplace Rights 86%
1996 National Farmers Union - Positions 27%
1996 United Auto Workers - Positions on Workplace Rights 0%
1996 United Food & Commercial Workers - Positions 23%
1995 International Brotherhood of Teamsters - Positions 0%
1995 National Farmers Union - Positions 40%
1995 Transportation Communications Union - Positions 30%
1995 United Food & Commercial Workers - Positions on Workplace Rights 14%

Socially Conservative

2002 Eagle Forum - Positions 75%
2002 Eagle Forum - Positions 75%
2001 The John Birch Society - Positions 80%
2001 The John Birch Society - Positions 80%
2000 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 0%
2000 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 0%
2000 Concerned Women for America - Positions 86%
2000 Concerned Women for America - Positions 86%
2000 Family Research Council - Positions 100%
2000 Family Research Council - Positions 100%
2000 Legion for the Survival of Freedom, Inc. (formerly Liberty Lobby) - Positions 0%
2000 Legion for the Survival of Freedom, Inc. (formerly Liberty Lobby) - Positions 0%
2000 National Journal - Conservative on Social Policy Score 60%
2000 National Journal - Conservative on Social Policy Score 60%
2000 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions 81%
2000 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions 81%
2000 The John Birch Society - Positions 74%
2000 The John Birch Society - Positions 74%
1999-2000 Campaign for Working Families - Positions 84%
1999-2000 Campaign for Working Families - Positions 84%
1999-2000 Christian Coalition of America - Positions 77%
1999-2000 Christian Coalition of America - Positions 77%
1999-2000 National Right to Life Committee - Positions 77%
1999-2000 National Right to Life Committee - Positions 77%
1999 Legion for the Survival of Freedom, Inc. (formerly Liberty Lobby) - Positions 60%
1999 Legion for the Survival of Freedom, Inc. (formerly Liberty Lobby) - Positions 60%
1999 National Journal - Conservative on Social Policy Score 88%
1999 National Journal - Conservative on Social Policy Score 88%
1999 National Right to Life Committee - Positions 75%
1999 National Right to Life Committee - Positions 75%
1999 The John Birch Society - Positions 70%
1999 The John Birch Society - Positions 70%
1998 The John Birch Society - Positions 55%
1998 The John Birch Society - Positions 55%
1997-1998 Christian Coalition of America - Positions 82%
1997-1998 Christian Coalition of America - Positions 82%
1997-1998 Concerned Women for America - Positions 100%
1997-1998 Concerned Women for America - Positions 100%
1997-1998 National Right to Life Committee - Positions 87%
1997-1998 National Right to Life Committee - Positions 87%
1997 Christian Coalition of America - Positions 100%
1997 Christian Coalition of America - Positions 100%
1997 Legion for the Survival of Freedom, Inc. (formerly Liberty Lobby) - Positions 40%
1997 Legion for the Survival of Freedom, Inc. (formerly Liberty Lobby) - Positions 40%
1997 National Right to Life Committee - Positions 83%
1997 National Right to Life Committee - Positions 83%
1997 The John Birch Society - Positions 70%
1997 The John Birch Society - Positions 70%
1996 National Journal - Conservative on Social Policy Score 60%
1996 National Journal - Conservative on Social Policy Score 60%
1996 National Right to Life Committee - Positions 86%
1996 National Right to Life Committee - Positions 86%
1995-1996 Christian Coalition of America - Positions 92%
1995-1996 Christian Coalition of America - Positions 92%
1995-1996 Concerned Women for America - Positions 75%
1995-1996 Concerned Women for America - Positions 75%
1995-1996 The John Birch Society - Positions 73%
1995-1996 The John Birch Society - Positions 73%
1995 Legion for the Survival of Freedom, Inc. (formerly Liberty Lobby) - Positions 40%
1995 Legion for the Survival of Freedom, Inc. (formerly Liberty Lobby) - Positions 40%

Socially Liberal

2001-2002 National Committee for an Effective Congress - Positions 10%
2001-2002 National Committee for an Effective Congress - Positions 10%
2001 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 20%
2001 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 20%
2001 NARAL Pro-Choice America - Positions 0%
2001 NARAL Pro-Choice America - Positions 0%
2001 National Committee for an Effective Congress - Positions 10%
2001 National Committee for an Effective Congress - Positions 10%
2001 National Journal - Liberal on Social Policy Score 0%
2001 National Journal - Liberal on Social Policy Score 0%
2000 NARAL Pro-Choice America - Positions 0%
2000 NARAL Pro-Choice America - Positions 0%
2000 National Journal - Liberal on Social Policy Score 38%
2000 National Journal - Liberal on Social Policy Score 38%
2000 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions 27%
2000 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions 27%
1999 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 5%
1999 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 5%
1999 NARAL Pro-Choice America - Positions 0%
1999 NARAL Pro-Choice America - Positions 0%
1999 National Journal - Liberal on Social Policy Score 8%
1999 National Journal - Liberal on Social Policy Score 8%
1999 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions 18%
1999 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions 18%
1998 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 10%
1998 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 10%
1998 National Journal - Liberal on Social Policy Score 28%
1998 National Journal - Liberal on Social Policy Score 28%
1998 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions 27%
1998 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions 27%
1997-1998 National Committee for an Effective Congress - Positions 10%
1997-1998 National Committee for an Effective Congress - Positions 10%
1997 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 0%
1997 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 0%
1997 NARAL Pro-Choice America - Positions 0%
1997 NARAL Pro-Choice America - Positions 0%
1996 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 0%
1996 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 0%
1996 NARAL Pro-Choice America - Positions 0%
1996 NARAL Pro-Choice America - Positions 0%
1996 National Journal - Liberal on Social Policy Score 38%
1996 National Journal - Liberal on Social Policy Score 38%
1996 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions 20%
1996 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions 20%
1995-1996 National Committee for an Effective Congress - Positions 5%
1995-1996 National Committee for an Effective Congress - Positions 5%

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