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More From Sam Waterston, on Fred Thompson, Third-Party Bids, and Hillary’s Seat


More from Law & Order actor Sam Waterston, the volunteer spokesman for Unity08, which seeks a bipartisan ticket to run as a third-party bid in next year’s election.

Asked if he thinks Fred Thompson will run for President:

“I think Fred will run. But Fred knows whether he will run.”

Asked if he talks politics with Fred Thompson:

“Fred Thompson is a good man and I’m a curious person… I’ve asked him questions sometimes when I feel like he might be in a good mood… he’s perfectly capable of keeping his own counsel. But he’s always been very straightforward with me.”

Asked (afterwards by me) if he’s getting tired of being asked about Fred Thompson:

“No. I like Fred. But I have no view, speculation or opinion on Fred running.”

Asked how this effort would be different than Ralph Nader’s past third-party bids:

“A bipartisan ticket likely to draw people who have checked out of voting, and probably a lot of people at the centers of both parties who are fed up with the wings of the two parties.”

Asked whether he thought Hollywood would support Unity08:

“A, I live in Connecticut. B, I do speak from time to time with people from world of show business and I think Hollywood is having a hard time getting its mind around this. Part of it is fear. It’s the Ralph Nader fear. But maybe they don’t know as much about what is going on in this city as you guys know” (speaking to a National Press Club audience).


Asked whether he would accept a position on the Unity08 ticket:


“Even if there were some tiny shred of temptation there, which there is not, Unity08 is too good an idea to mess up with a stupid idea like that.”


Asked if he has interest in running for Hillary’s Senate seat if it opens up after 2008:


“I refer you to my earlier question, what’s a nice guy like me doing in a place like this?”

Tags: Barack Obama , Bill Richardson , Chris Dodd , Fred Thompson , Hillary Clinton , Horserace , Joe Biden , John Edwards , John McCain , Mike Huckabee , Mitt Romney , Newt Gingrich , Rudy Giuliani , Sarah Palin , Something Lighter , Tommy Thompson


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