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Fmr US Senator Fred Thompson dies, at 73


Dave Gordon - Monday, 2 November, 2015

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Former Tennessee Senator and 2008 presidential hopeful Fred Thompson died Nov. 1, 2015, at age 73.

Thompson succumbed to a recurrence of lymphoma, according to the Thompson family.

I had the great honor to have met Senator Thompson several times on the campaign trail during his run to become the GOP presidential nominee.

The audio clips below are from the Republican Jewish Convention (Washington)’s presidential debate, and a private fundraiser in New York City.

Thompson was also known as an actor, appearing in Die Hard and “Law and Order” and had forty years ago been a Watergate attorney.

“Fred believed that the greatness of our nation was defined by the hard work, faith, and honesty of its people. He had an enduring belief in the exceptionalism of our country, and that America could provide the opportunity for any boy or girl, in any corner of our country, to succeed in life,” said the family’s statement.

As an attorney, he helped lead to the resignation of President Richard Nixon. As a politician, he served the state of Tennessee for eight years as a conservative Republican in the U.S. Senate.

Thompson played himself in the 1985 version of the movie “Marie”, and later went on to star in “Days of Thunder,” “The Hunt for Red October” and “Die Hard 2.”  He also enjoyed a five-year run on NBC’s “Law and Order” as District Attorney Arthur Branch from 2002 to 2007.

 

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