Meet the Press   |  August 30, 2014

Thompson: McCain is a ‘closer’

Nov. 2: McCain supporter and former Sen. Fred Thompson, R-Tenn., discusses his candidate’s chance of succeeding on Election Day with NBC’s Tom Brokaw on “Meet the Press.”

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We're joined now by former Tennessee Senator Fred Thompson , who has been a surrogate and an advocate for his friend John McCain .

I hope you understand the spirit in which I say this, but when I was a kid hanging around Bud 's pool hall , you're the kind of guy I thought I probably would encounter. So you, you know the meaning of the phrase "run the table."

FMR. SEN. FRED THOMPSON (R-TN): I've heard of it, yes.

MR. BROKAW: Your senator have to run the table?

SEN. THOMPSON: Well, he has to get several of these, these battleground states , there's no question about it. Some people liken it to an inside straight. I think that's probably making it too tough, tougher than it is. It looks to me like it pretty much boils down to the undecided vote, which a lot of experts think will break heavily for John McCain . If they're decided, they're probably already for Obama . And so he's got a shot. He's, he's closing. I think the direction things are going in is, is equally important as where the numbers are today. And the direction is, is -- they've been pretty much -- seems to be going in John 's direction.

I've been in Ohio and Pennsylvania recently and I've seen the turnout. I think Sarah Palin had about 25,000 in rural Missouri the other day. The enthusiasm is tremendous. People are really focusing now on what's at stake. And John 's a closer, he always has been. He often is given up for dead, you know, literally and politically. People have been wrong about him before. He's in his element now, and he's, he's feeling good about it. So I would not count him out by any stretch of the imagination. I think the, the election is yet to be decided.