Fred Thompson is by far the most popular potential presidential candidate among Tennessee Republican voters, with 45 percent of those surveyed making him their top choice, according to a poll released Monday.. . . former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, the front-runner nationally among Republicans seeking the presidency next year, was listed by 15 percent as their top choice.
I’m actually surprised that Fred didn’t perform better among Tennessee GOP voters; I half expect that he could get 45% of the Democratic vote in the Volunteer State. Still, it’s a good showing for someone who isn’t even a candidate.
On the other side of the aisle, there’s another former Tennessee Senator who some have mentioned as a possible Presidential candidate:
When former vice president and Tennessean Al Gore is added to the list of declared and potential candidates, Clinton’s lead slipped to 28 percent to Gore’s 25 percent.
True to form, Al Gore still can’t carry his home state.
Glenn Reynolds links to a Gallup poll that shows that as badly as the public thinks President Bush is doing his job, they dislike Congress even more. Reynolds adds:
I think there’s an overall loss of faith in America’s political class, which seems to me to be largely warranted.
When two of the top three vote getters in a presidential poll are undeclared candidates who have both been out of politics for half a decade, I’d say he’s right.
Dean Barnett notes a parallel to 1992 when a vacuum at the top sucked Ross Perot into the race. There was a brief period of time when Perot was a serious contender. Of course, then the paranoid conspiracy theories started coming out . . .
Also, see Bill Hobbs for more.