July 11th, 2007
04:41 PM ET
4 years ago

Thompson eyes August kick-off

Thompson is likely to launch his presidential bid in August.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson is now likely to announce his presidential campaign in August, not mid-July as previously envisioned and will skip the Republican straw poll in Ames, Iowa, people familiar with Thompson's thinking tell CNN.

The campaign-in-waiting is still being put together, and Thompson supporters say they want to have "100 percent" of the staff in place by the time of the announcement.

"Expectations are through the roof," said one source. "We have to match those at every level. . . . We have to be more ready than any of these other guys.”

Republican presidential candidates Rudy Giuliani and John McCain both announced in June they would skip the Iowa Republican party’s presidential straw poll, scheduled for August 11.

Thompson created a state-level presidential exploratory committee in Tennessee in June.

- CNN Senior Political Correspondent Candy Crowley

Filed under: Fred Thompson • John McCain • Rudy Giuliani
soundoff (32 Responses)
  1. Pixie, Murfreesboro, TN

    I'm trying to find out what is so appealing about Fred to Republicans who view him as the second coming of Regan.

    Per Greenwald:

    "Here is Thompson's biography - his own official, endorsed version. He's been a government lawyer, an actor and a Senator. Though Thompson does not mention it, he also has been - for two decades - what a 1996 profile in The Washington Monthly described as "a high-paid Washington lobbyist for both foreign and domestic interests." This folksy, down-home, regular guy has spent his entire adult life as a lawyer and lobbyist in Washington, except when he was an actor in Hollywood.

    And - like the vast, vast majority of Republican "tough guys" who play-act the role so arousingly for our media stars, from Rudy Giuliani to Newt Gingrich - Thompson has no military service despite having been of prime fighting age during the Vietnam War "

    July 11, 2007 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  2. Joe Shepard, Spring Lake North Carolina

    I'm more than ready to join Thompson's campaign. He is the one breath of fresh air in the whole election season.

    July 11, 2007 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  3. bret, atl, ga

    I predict Thompson will be even quicker than McCain to implode. You heard it here first.

    He's big because he hasn't declared. He's going to get ripped apart.

    July 11, 2007 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  4. Greg , ashburn VA

    won't the longer he waits help the others in gop 08 race more? because I think every one else has TV ads in primary states ect.

    July 11, 2007 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  5. Greg , ashburn VA

    What happens if he drags this announcement into october nov. and december holidays time frame.

    July 11, 2007 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  6. chris in Thorofare, New Jersey

    Hey, wasn't Fred Thompson part of the watergate affair with Nixon? Do a google and see for yourself.

    And don't believe his "constitutional conservative" rhetoric either. His voting record says otherwise.

    He is a just an actor brought in to help ailing republicans.

    July 11, 2007 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  7. Clinton, Dallas TX

    This guy is a joke.

    July 11, 2007 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  8. Joe, Hampton, VA

    This man is a fossil. Who cares what he thinks! Whatever's fermenting inside his Permian skull is out of step with the immediate needs of this country.

    July 11, 2007 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  9. Tricia M Charlottetown PEI

    Good Luck with that Sen. Thompson.
    You'll most likely all you can get.

    July 11, 2007 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  10. Helen, Tennessee

    Please look at what this guy has done for the United States. It is absolutely nothing.

    July 11, 2007 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  11. ToFo

    Thompson's got potential, but I still think Giuliani and McCain are the GOP's best chance next November. They've got crossover appeal that Thompson probably doesn't. Time will tell.

    July 12, 2007 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  12. Bill Winfield, Oxnard Ca

    He is skipping Iowas straw poll becuase he cannot catch Romney.
    Problem is if he skips the straw poll he never will catch Romney.

    July 12, 2007 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  13. Tony, Midland, TX

    This guy is the next President.

    July 12, 2007 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  14. Anonymous

    I wish he would just make the announcement so I can officially say I will not support his campaign or vote for him should he win the Republican primary.

    July 12, 2007 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  15. Curtis Aldendifer

    In a perfect (political) world I would wholeheartedly support Thompson's candidacy. I think he has strong leadership qualities and an intellect sadly lacking in the current incumbent. However, this being the real world, the Democrats will route Republican candidates next year, and Thompson, if nominated, would go down hard. Hopefully, he and his advisers will see the writing on the wall and announce that he will, after all considerations, not run.

    July 12, 2007 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  16. DC Harrington

    you can't pls the liberals even if clinton came back with his weewee in his hand...they are blind to the facts and seemingly stupid also..

    July 12, 2007 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  17. Bill, Norfolk Virginia

    I dont think Fred should run. He really isn't a conservative hero like fox news wants him to be. He makes a great 'vessel' though. A boring, political opportunist and front-man. He did lobby for abortion rights after all, and was a nixon crony. His name on polls is basically the same as "generic republican" or "the other guys stink" because honestly, the other "front-runners" have no dignity at all between mitt-flop romney and rudy "as a person who lived through the events of 9/11" julie-annie. With the SS McCain sinking fast, the only real conservative, principled, uncorrupted republican left who I think is starting to create BIG WAVES is in fact Ron Paul. My fellow Republicans gotta watch this guy, he's really the only true conservative left in the race, who puts liberty first. Remember the name...

    July 12, 2007 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  18. C.H. Woodring, South Caroina


    That is what he is! A clone of John McCain, he did nothing while he was in office, He wants to think he is more like Reagen but the fact is that the only comparision to Reagan is th he two was an actor on the big screen.

    Fred THompson, would get destroyed in the primary he is nor more of a conservative the Duncan Hunter or Sam Brownback. Mitt Roney is Liberal so that answers your question. The reason the GOP is falling aprt is because we have a bunch of RINO's that have alternative plans and that is big money from big orgs in their hip pockets.

    America better wake up Huckabee is a tru conservative why not look at him

    July 12, 2007 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  19. Tom from Evansville Ky

    Thompson is the next Ronal Reagan, and he should win easily (sort of); the Cintons play dirty, and they have money to burn.

    July 12, 2007 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  20. Jeff, Houston, Texas

    Why is he so popular? Easy.

    He meets all of the requirements of r the narrow-minded and feeble of wit that control the Rebublican party:

    1. He is male.
    2. He is white.
    3. He is older.
    4. He is arrogant.
    5. He is paternlistic.
    6. He is wiser than you, just ask him.
    7. He has the voice that makes the NASCAR set swoon.
    8. He takes swipes at what he disagrees with without providing substance (Republicans would rather blindly follow than think for themselves.).
    9. He puts uneducated red necks at ease.

    Any questions? Oh. Sorry. Forgot. Republicans never question dad.

    July 13, 2007 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  21. Curt, Bartlett,IL

    Mr. Thompson should go back and retire.

    July 14, 2007 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  22. Jennifer, Virginia Beach, VA

    It is very clear this man is all about himself and not for the good of America. First of all, now he is waiting till probably after the August 5th Republican debates to announce that he is running for President because he needs to find out the most popular thing to say about the war. You watch it will be closer to September, because he wants to see if Republicans start jumping ship over this war when more reports come out. Secondly, It is all about money. He is having all these fund raisers with big wigs going on in different cities. He wants to come out as having the most money of all the Republican candidates. HEY FRED, why don't you just say you are running now because you really want to make a change in American and that you really care about the American people, instead of just trying to position yourself for self political interest.

    I get so irritated when Republicans start talking about him and how they think he should be the next president, yet they know nothing of his voting record or history when you ask them what they know about him.

    I think real conservatives need to take a hard look at Ron Paul. He really is the only person that deserves not only the nomination, but to also be President. Ron Paul has always had the interest of the American people at hand and has never taken a pay off from special interest or lobbyist. Why don't we ask Fred about his record. Wasn't he a lobbyist at one point??? COME ON Republicans!!! Lets wake up! Are we going to let special interest elect another president or are we as individuals going to band together and support a candidate that is looking out for our future?
    Kenneth R. Locke

    July 16, 2007 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |