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