August 9th, 2007
07:01 PM ET
14 years ago

Fred Thompson to visit Iowa

Thompson will visit Iowa next week.

DES MOINES, Iowa (CNN) - He hasn't even officially announced he's running at this point, but former Sen. Fred Thompson of Tennessee will make his first stop in the early-voting state of Iowa next Friday.

Sources close to the Thompson campaign confirmed today that the politician-turned-actor-turned likely Republican presidential candidate will make an appearance at the Iowa State Fairgrounds.

The Des Moines Register, which sponsors what it calls a political soapbox at the fair, posted signs Thursday that said Thompson is scheduled to speak at the soapbox next Friday.

Thursday’s roster of speakers included Republican Reps. Ron Paul of Texas and Duncan Hunter of California and Sen. Sam Brownback of Kansas.

Scheduled to show up at the soapbox this Friday are, in order of appearance, Chicago businessman John Cox and former GOP Govs. Mike Huckabee of Arkansas, Mitt Romney of Massachusetts and Tommy Thompson of Wisconsin.

Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Connecticut, will speak on Monday.

On Tuesday, fair attendees will hear Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, and Democratic Gov. Bill Richardson of New Mexico. Former Sen. John Edwards, D-North Carolina, will have his shot Thursday, and Thompson will take the microphone last on Friday.

- CNN Iowa Producer Chris Welch

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  1. Will - Miami, Fl

    This lobbyist lawyer and his lobbyist sons are part of the problem in DC – he's NOT the answer.

    He needs to just go back to ACTING like a good guy because he's easy to like when I know that he cannot affect my future and my children's future...

    August 9, 2007 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  2. JM

    This man is a relic from a time long past.

    August 9, 2007 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    This TV star doesn't seem to be very Presidential on TV. If we need a movie star celeb for Pres, I rather have Angelina Jolie.

    August 9, 2007 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  4. Lance, Monrovia, CA

    I was dismayed to hear that Tim Griffen is one of those in charge of Thompson's campaign. Tim Griffen was in charge of the caging lists in Florida for Bush's 2000 race, he single handedly got about a 100,000 black voters off the roster illegally, by saying they were felons on behalf of the RNC when in fact 99.9% of them were.

    His mentor is Karl Rove, he's Rove's former assisant. Griffen was being investigated for said caging by David Iglasias, the U.S. Attorney Alberto Gonzalez fired for political reasons.

    When Iglasias was fired, guess who replaced him... Tim Griffen.

    But a large list of Griffen's caging lists for the 2004 Ohio Presidential race wound up in the hands of a BBC reporter Greg Palast and Palast gave the list to the congressional commitee investigating the firing of the attorneys.

    The same day, mere hours later, Tim Griffen resigned from his post as U.S. Attorney for "personal reasons."

    Now, Griffen is going to help head Thompson's election drive. I guess Thompson feels he needs the same sort of "help" that Bush and Rove got from Griffen.

    John Conyers, head of the commitee investigating the firings, said that if Griffen thinks he's off the hook by resigning, he's wrong.

    For more about all this, you can check out "Armed Madhouse", Greg Palast's book, at your local library. In the 2007 edition, he even includes the actual missing emails that congress has been trying to get from Rove, which are from Griffen, entitled, "RE: caging lists."

    It's a fascinating book that will make Fred Thompson look even sadder than the hound dog pout he's already got.

    August 10, 2007 12:23 am at 12:23 am |
  5. Lance, Monrovia, CA.

    That first line in the above post was supposed to read 99.9% of the list were NOT FELONS.

    I type too fast for my own good.

    August 10, 2007 12:25 am at 12:25 am |
  6. diggie

    who cares?

    Fred is lazy and doesn't deserve the presidency if he is not willing to put the work in.

    can we elect a president that doesn't like to work and is afraid to compete?

    August 10, 2007 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  7. Brian, New York, NY

    Lazy? Thompson's strategy is brilliant in terms of getting the nomination. He's able to sit on the sidelines during this phase, create this mystique about himself while not needing to answer any difficult questions (without which he can't lose popularity), all the while his competition is beating each other up.

    I believe he will have an excellent change of getting nominated, but the downside of this strategy is that he may lack the name recognition to beat Clinton or Obama in the general election.

    August 10, 2007 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  8. Erick, Albany, NY

    Go away you neo-con , CFR, globalist scumbag.

    August 10, 2007 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  9. Anonymous

    Enough of Thompson already. He isn't running so I don't want to hear about him.

    August 10, 2007 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  10. Larry - Florida

    So the former senator from Tn.,who had a reputation of being lazy with the issues and Richard Nixon remarked of the former staffer, that he seemed a little slow, during the Watergate Hearings.

    After a stint on Law & Order as NYC's DA, he is now ready to lead us for the the next four years as your President.

    Probably given enough time to contemplate the reality of this happening, there can be no argument about smoking a little pot to stabilize ones sense of despair.

    August 10, 2007 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  11. Joliene, Newark DE

    I dont think it is lazy to stand on the side I think it is stupid. Though his support increases now nobody knows where he stands, and he has not taken part in any debates. By avoiding the "tough" questions in this way it makes me wonder if he can answer them at all!

    August 10, 2007 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |