GREENVILLE, South Carolina (CNN) - Former Sen. Fred Thompson was just introduced to the crowd here by Rep. Gresham Barrett, who represents the 3rd District of South Carolina.
The campaign then played an upbeat, slickly produced video called "The Hunt for Red November," a reference to one of the senator's film roles. It played up the presidential hopefuls biography as a Tennessee native, federal prosecutor and Washington outsider, with references to Ronald Reagan and Barry Goldwater.
Thompson then came on stage to loud applause and country music.
"I'm glad to be in South Carolina. I feel closer to home, not only geographically, but in all the other ways," Thompson said.
- CNN South Carolina Producer Peter Hamby