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Fred Thompson: McCain, I Know How You Must Feel

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By Samuel Rubenfeld

SENIOR NEWS EDITOR

ST. PAUL, Minn.–In the film “Die Hard 2: Die Harder,” actor and former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson plays an air traffic controller who tells the hero, John McClaine, he knows how McClaine feels after not being able to help civilians out of a crashing aircraft.

While telling John McCain’s story of how his aircraft was shot down in Vietnam and a dying pilot called to check on him, Thompson echoed his own character from the action film. His chilling narrative of McCain’s time in the “Hanoi Hilton” brought the normally chaotic convention floor to an attentive and solemn silence.

Thompson was at times folksy and other times fiery. He mixed vitriolic red meat with a certain southern geniality missing in his own presidential campaign that sputtered out of the gate, and led him to drop out early, but Tuesday night he was on fire.

“If you want to know who John McCain is, if you want to know what John McCain values, look to the men and women who wear America’s uniform today,” Thompson said. “John himself barely dodged death in the inferno and could’ve returned to the States with his ship. Instead, he volunteered for combat on another carrier that was undermanned from losing so many pilots.”

His attacks on Democratic nominee Barack Obama were hard-hitting, and sometimes downright vicious.

“Democrats present a history making nominee for president,” Thompson said to loud cheers. “History making in that he is the most liberal, most inexperienced nominee to ever run for president.

“Apparently they believe that he would match up well with the history-making, Democrat controlled Congress,” he said. “History making because it’s the least accomplished and most unpopular Congress in our nation’s history.”

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Written by chroniclenews

September 3, 2008 at 3:12 am

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