That was the question last week, as the newest Republican candidate in the GOP presidential race, Fred Thompson, made his first-ever debate appearance in Michigan -- and then promptly vanished.
While other candidates have been holding multiple events in New Hampshire, Iowa, South Carolina and elsewhere, Thompson largely has left the campaign trail. He even cancelled a half-day of campaigning
that had been scheduled for New Hampshire. A campaign adviser said Thompson decided the time and effort was better spent on a bigger trip later.
In the six days since the debate, Thompson has had few public appearances. He gave an interview on the Fox News Channel Monday, and was scheduled to speak to two Republican gatherings in Washington
D.C. on Tuesday. The next time Thompson is scheduled to hit the road is for the upcoming debate in Florida. His campaign announced he would have some events the day before in Florida, though they have
not yet provided any details.
Meanwhile, Thompson's rivals have been setting a frenetic pace. Former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani was in South Carolina and Alabama. Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney was in Michigan and Nevada last week and travels to Iowa and South Carolina this week.
--Michael D. Shear
October 16, 2007; 11:00 AM ET
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