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Thompson's Big Announcement

From Fred Thompson's official statement, previewing his announcement:

On September 6, 2007, Fred Thompson will be announcing his intention to run for President of the United States with a webcast available to millions at The launch of the video will be followed by a five-day campaign tour through Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina.

"I believe that there are millions of Americans who know that our security and prosperity are at risk if we don't address the challenges of our time; the global threat of terrorism; taxes and spending that will bankrupt future generations, and a government that can't seem to get the most basic responsibilities right for its citizens," stated Fred Thompson.

"The response that we've received makes me confident that we have an opportunity to change politics in Washington and across the country, and take on these challenges the way every generation of Americans has faced the challenges of their time - with unity, hard work and a belief that we will come out on the winning side," continued Thompson.

"We enter this campaign in a strong position," said committee manager Bill Lacy. "Fred is consistently near the top in the polls, and conservatives across the country have put together the closest thing to a draft in recent presidential campaign history in an effort to bring about this day. The next few weeks will only serve to build upon those efforts, with house parties nationwide on the 6th, and visits to the early primary states of Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, quickly followed by stops in Florida and a homecoming in Lawrenceburg, TN on the

"By announcing via webcast, Fred is able to take his consistently mainstream conservative message directly to the voters, who are already responding to that message with a strong upwelling of grassroots support. The webcast and the following campaign tour will play to Fred's strengths, a consistent record of conservatism, his ability to
clearly spread his message, and his ability to work with and connect with Americans from all walks of life," said Lacy.

The committee will file our formal paperwork with the Federal Elections Commission within 15 days, the time allowed by law after Fred decided to run. Additionally, we will begin to consider candidate based events following Fred's broadcast on September 6, 2007.

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He "wink wink" announced long ago. By claiming that he has not "really" announced until the sixth, he will drag out filling the papers for 25 days (ten for this and 15 for that - I forget the details). That way he figures he will not have to file financial data for the next quarter. You watch.

Posted by: jdadson | September 1, 2007 3:42 PM | Report abuse

Chicago77 says
"He is a likable guy who gets things done, who can bring conservatives and moderates together and maybe even lead a a few right minded liberals back to sanity."

Fred Thompson 'gets things done'?? Like what?


Posted by: bsimon | August 31, 2007 12:12 PM | Report abuse

Forget Fred Thompson. Presidentwise, we need to think outside the empty suit. John Lofton, Editor,
Recovering Republican

Posted by: F9CEmzZ | August 31, 2007 11:34 AM | Report abuse

Fred Thompson is a slick Washington inside player- he's a lobbyist, lawyer, and a member of the elitist Counsel on Foreign Relations (CFR). He is not a man "of the people" he is running to milk the people, fool the people, and cheat the people. He's only running for the power, not to serve. He's running for the money and to get juicy government jobs and contracts for his crone's. As a CFR member, he's for a North American Union; he will sell us out. Anyone who votes for him is a fool.

Posted by: t.purchases | August 31, 2007 4:53 AM | Report abuse

Altough having someone like Fred Thompson in office could be beneficial, i believe that it is better if he stays a Senator, or even better, the not very skilled actor that he is.

Lauren Josephs

Posted by: kissthecook_lgj | August 30, 2007 11:41 PM | Report abuse

An announcement that there will be an announcement there's an exciting piece of political, Fred, you're really boogalooing along there, Old Dude.

Posted by: Jerryvov | August 30, 2007 10:46 PM | Report abuse


For Democrats, Fred Thompson is going to be the man to beat. His "brand" is clear and uncomplicated. Whether you describe him as "Southern-Fried Reagan" or "Ben Cartwright," Sen. Thompson presents that patriarchal archetype that is foundational to American perceptions of the idyllic Republican candidate: conservative, plain-spoken, tough, and commanding.

At the same time, Sen. Thompson's partisanship has been tempered by a pleasant demeanor and his historical willingness to "cross the aisle," when necessary. His is a career built on being "consumable" -- firm, yet comforting.

His is a candidacy that should make Democrats VERY concerned about who will best match the Republicans in both the presidential election -- and in 2008's congressional races. Sen. Thompson could have VERY long coattails, particularly in places like Indiana, Ohio, Montana, and North Carolina, where Democratic success in 2006 came about by running candidates whose views and "brands" ran to the right of Blue State norms.

That said, he's got to run hard--fast. Elections are won on the ground. If Sen. Thompson wants to win the presidency, he needs to win the Republican nomination and that means he'll need to a lot of dedicated supporters to pound the pavement from September 4 to February 5.

Game on.

Peter S. Cohl
The Political Brandwagon

Posted by: pscohl | August 30, 2007 9:37 PM | Report abuse

Everytime I read a blog related to FRed Thompson... some Ron Paulian, Hillaryesque Obamanite has to ask "Who Cares?" Well... you for one... you immediately click on the link to read about his announcement didn't you? Man... after several months of the media lowering expectations (he's got money problems, he's got staff problems, he's delaying his announcement etc etc... " Fred is gonna rise up like a FRed Storm Risin' and a lot of people are going to wonder what hit them.

Very Refreshing to have a real candidate now in the race!

Go Fred - Beat Hillary

Posted by: FRedStatescom | August 30, 2007 7:55 PM | Report abuse

GEEEEZ! It's bad enough that we have to deal with our current polaticians being complete liars. Now here we are with an actual PROFESSIONAL LIAR/ACTOR...FRED THOMPSON trying to become the next President...AGAIN!(REAGAN) Thompson's narcacism as an actor is just what America needs now! ANOTHER KNOWN LIAR IN THE WHITE HOUSE...GOOD LUCK WITH THAT FREDDY! I am definetly moving out of this shameful country if he is elected. I encourge others as

Posted by: rsmuckler | August 30, 2007 7:20 PM | Report abuse

That is wonderful news!

Senator Fred Thompson will make a great President and my family and I look forward to voting for him.

He is a likable guy who gets things done, who can bring conservatives and moderates together and maybe even lead a a few right minded liberals back to sanity.

Fred Thompson has been able to deftly navigate both Washington and Hollywood and these people and politcal skills are needed in this era of shrill political partisanship.

Posted by: chicago77 | August 30, 2007 7:14 PM | Report abuse

Who cares? The last thing we need is yet another lazy self-important President who can only get by if he reads off cue cards. Fred should stick to his B-grade acting.

Posted by: 10emlet | August 30, 2007 6:36 PM | Report abuse

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