Fred has a 17 minute YouTube video in which he speaks directly to Iowa voters. He outlines who he is, what he believes, and what he wants to do as president and does an effective job making his case why he should be the Republican nominee for president. If you live in Iowa and are still trying to figure out who to caucus for, take out some time and watch it. I think you’ll like it.
Peter Robinson at The Corner liked the speech as well.
This is reminiscent of Reagan’s talk to the people of North Carolina in 1976. Simple, straightforward, modest production values–just the candidate in front of an American flag and an Iowa flag–but (to use the word again) compelling. Reagan’s 1976 talk enabled him to recover after a string of primary defeats, winning in North Carolina, then going on to come within a handful of delegates of wresting the nomination from Ford. Will Thompson’s talk move voters in Iowa? Does his campaign have the money to get it on the air? Throughout the state? Or even in a few of the most important markets? Beats me. But we have here a serious man, making a serious case–and doing so in the context of a campaign that has otherwise descended into mere caterwauling.
Even at this late hour, I wouldn’t count Fred out.
By the way, Peter wrote Reagan’s “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall” speech, so if anyone knows if someone is being Reaganesque, it’s him.