T. Thompson to Back Giuliani
Former Wisconsin governor Tommy Thompson, a one-time GOP candidate for president, will endorse former New York mayor Rudolph Giuliani today, becoming the first of the GOP 2008 ex-candidates to side with a former rival.
Thompson will travel to South Carolina, where Giuliani is campaigning today, for the announcement. Thompson dropped out of the presidential campaign in mid-August, after finishing sixth in the Iowa straw poll.
A midwestern governor and former cabinet officer under George W. Bush, Thompson never got traction in his presidential bid, raising little money and consistently placing near the bottom in surveys.
Nevertheless, his endorsement is seen as a boon to Giuliani because of his potential to help the New York mayor in the county's heartland, where Thompson was a successful governor for 14 years.
Thompson told the Associated Press in a statement that "Rudy Giuliani has shown that he is a true leader. He can and will win the nomination and the presidency. He is America's mayor, and during a period of time of great stress for this country he showed tremendous leadership."
Former Virginia governor James S. Gilmore III has also dropped out of the race for the White House but has not endorsed any candidate.
--Michael D. Shear
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