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Fred Thompson
United States Senator
from Tennessee
In office
December 2, 1994 â€“ January 3, 2003
Preceded by Harlan Mathews
Succeeded by Lamar Alexander
Chairperson of the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee
In office
January 20, 2001 â€“ June 6, 2001
Preceded by Joe Lieberman
Succeeded by Joe Lieberman
In office
January 3, 1997 â€“ January 3, 2001
Preceded by Ted Stevens
Succeeded by Joe Lieberman
Personal details
Born Freddie Dalton Thompson
(1942-08-19)August 19, 1942
Sheffield, Alabama, U.S.
Died November 1, 2015(2015-11-01) (aged 73)
Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Sarah Knestrick (1959–1985)
Jeri Kehn (2002–2015)
Children 5
Alma mater Memphis State University (B.A.)
Vanderbilt University (J.D.)
Religion Churches of Christ

The problem is that agencies sometimes lose sight of common sense as they create regulations.
Fred Thompson
China is one of the world's greatest proliferators of weapons of mass destruction to these rogue nations.
Fred Thompson
We're hoping for the best, but we need to prepare for the worst.
While we believe there are fruitful opportunities to update and improve old rules, we do not want to set up a review process that could create a litigation morass.
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There's a lot more to competence than a law degree and a modicum of courtroom skill.
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Superfund was passed with the good intention of cleaning up America's toxic waste sites.
Fred Thompson
Hopefully, we can build bridges, but we also have to draw lines.
For a long time in American history, people didn't even come up before the Senate. They didn't come before the Judiciary Committee, and up until about 1923, something like that.
Fred Thompson
We also have to ask if we focusing on the most important priorities.
Nobody wants to open a business near a Superfund site and risk being sued.
For example, lead paint in old houses can be a greater threat to children's health than lead that may be under some industrial site where there are no children.
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And it's difficult for the average American to understand why something like that could be so important and why a little small place like Taiwan would be so important to the PRC.
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I think that there is a relatively small number of people who are pushing for independence in Taiwan.
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Sometimes you have to, as I say, build bridges where you can – but draw lines where you must.
Fred Thompson
Sometimes you have to, as I say, build bridges where you can – but draw lines where you must.
Fred Thompson
We have some real political differences among us, but we all share the same goals: clean air and water, injury free workplaces, safe transportation systems, to name a few of the good things that can come from regulation.
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And I believe in the 13 years Judge Roberts was there, he never turned down a request to give some assistance on a pro-bono case, and this was no different.
Fred Thompson
Some people think that our planet is suffering from a fever. Now scientists are telling us that Mars is experiencing its own planetary warming: Martian warming. This has led some people, not necessarily scientists, to wonder if Mars and Jupiter, non signatories to the Kyoto Treaty, are actually inhabited by alien SUV-driving industrialists.
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So if you look back over the long history of China, they've never tried to take over the world, but they've been quite aggressive in their own neighborhood… in carrying out their own purposes and interests in their sphere of the world.
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Clearly, the Chinese know that we want a good relationship with them.
So China will be having to make some choices as to whose side it wants to be on. Hopefully, this will be the beginning of a major improvement in our relationship with them, if they choose correctly.
Fred Thompson
In the end, we may be hurting the very people we should be concerned about – the inner-city poor, those who already have to live with many risks in their daily lives, those who do not have clout here in Washington.
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That is, while we believe that cost-benefit analysis is an important tool to inform agency decision making, the results of the cost-benefit analysis do not trump existing law.
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You can't substitute promise after promise with known violators of prior promises at the expense of protecting ourselves or setting an example.
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I think that the justices were totally answering the way that they should. I think that the senators, as best I could tell, for the most part, Democrat and Republican, respected that.
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We just ask the agency to make reasonable and honest decisions, and the public deserves no less.
Fred Thompson
We've made some mistakes in this country in times past – the Korean conflict proceeding that, some say proceeding the Persian Gulf War, where we were ambiguous as to what we would do.
Fred Thompson
But obviously, we can't afford to make some bad long-term decisions with regard to basic commitments our country has – trade those away for some short-term assistance that may or may not be there a month from now.
Fred Thompson
But if the Chinese mainland, the PRC, attacked Taiwan, we'd be obligated to come to their aid.
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And when we draw lines in the sand with regard to certain basic things that are vital to our interest and to the interest of democracy and our friends around the world, we have to be willing to back that up.
Fred Thompson
Let's not overlook, though, what we do know about the campaign finance scandal, and the fact the Chinese were involved in our presidential campaign and our congressional campaigns.
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