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Fred Thompson Announces

by @ 7:40 am on August 31, 2007. Filed under 2008 Election, Fred Thompson, Politics

That he going to announce that he’s running for President:

Actor and former senator Fred D. Thompson confirmed yesterday that he is running for president, ending a political flirtation he has been conducting since March and thrusting himself into the thick of the battle for the Republican nomination.

In a conference call with elected officials and party leaders backing his bid, Thompson campaign manager Bill Lacy said Thompson has finished “testing the waters” and will file papers making his candidacy official next Thursday. Thompson will announce his decision on that day in a webcast, with the campaign encouraging supporters nationwide to attend house parties on that day as the former lawmaker from Tennessee begins a trek through the early-voting states of Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Florida.

One of the more puzzling stories of the summer has been the strange dance that Thompson has been playing. His name has been in the air since April or May. There were rumors he was going to formally announce his candidacy around the 4th of July. And then nothing, for three months. Some people have wondered if Thompson’s heart is really in this race. I suppose that now we shall see if that’s the case.

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