July 11th, 2007
04:41 PM ET
12 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. 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 |
  2. 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 |
  3. 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 |
  4. 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 |
  5. 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 |
  6. Curt, Bartlett,IL

    Mr. Thompson should go back and retire.

    July 14, 2007 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  7. 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 |
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