Watch CNN's Candy Crowley examine the Thompson effect.
COLUMBIA, South Carolina (CNN) - Preparations are underway at the Clarion Town House Hotel in Columbia, South Carolina for a lunchtime address by former Tennessee senator and assumed White House hopeful Fred Thompson.
He will speak to roughly 300 Republican activists and party faithful in a fundraiser for the state GOP. Those who plunk down $500 a piece will get some private time with the "Law and Order" star before the $50 a plate luncheon.
According to a spokesman, Thompson will touch on familiar themes, including immigration, the global war on terror and the need "to fix the entitlement train wreck." He is also expected to argue that government needs to become more efficient before it is given more authority.
After the lunch, Thompson is scheduled to "drop by" the office of Republican Governor Mark Sanford, who, according to a spokesman, has not and will not make an endorsement in the '08 primary.
Aides to Thompson say they are still aiming for a mid-July announcement.
– CNN's Candy Crowley and Sasha Johnson
Recently I read his various policy beliefs and afterward I remember thinking that electing Thompson would amount to 4 more years of President Cheney. So disappointing and frightening.
As it stands now I am probably Not going to vote for any of the GOP candidates that are running for the Oval office, but if Mr. Thompson does decide to jump into the race, my decision on voting may change.
Thanks for taking my call.
I suggest that folks pay attention to Mike Huckabee. A true conservative with executive experience. He has pleasantly surprised me during the debates.
On the other hand, if you really look at what Thompson has accomplished in all his years in public service, it is surprisingly little.
Keep in mind people that this man worked as a PAID lobbyist for years. He's a political whore. He'll push any agenda for money...
Ron Paul and Huckabee are the only honest conservatives in the race!
Vote Paul for president – Huckabee for vice-president.
this guy scares me. he's being "consulted" on foregin policy by lynn cheney (aka dick cheney mouthpiece) and little bushlets are helping him raise funds. it will absolutely be more of the same if this guy gets elected.
i really hope people dont fall for his BS PR hype; this guy is a danger to us all!!!
Thompson will do well in the 'bible belt,' South Carolina certainly being a main one. Toting the King James version under his arm, kissing babies, and using 'good ole boy' slang talk, will sway millions of people....Unfortunately!!
Yeah, when a "conservative" belongs to the CFR (liberal, liberal, liberal), you had better BEWARE.
Thompson = BEWARE.