August 30th, 2007
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Thompson to announce September 6

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WASHINGTON (CNN) - Former U.S. Sen. Fred Thompson will officially announce his candidacy for president on the Web next Thursday, September 6, sources working on the actor's formal entry into the race told CNN Thursday.

The announcement video will be posted at 12:01 a.m. ET Thursday at

The sources said Thompson would travel and campaign in key primary states following the Internet announcement.

The Web announcement will not take place before Wednesday's GOP debate in New Hampshire, the sources said, adding they did not expect Thompson to attend.

Early this week, the New Hampshire Union-Leader called on Thompson to attend the debate.

"If Thompson announces before the debate, New Hampshire voters will expect him to be at the University of New Hampshire with the other announced candidates," the newspaper said. "A no-show will be counted here as a snub.

"If Thompson waits until after the debate to make his announcement, it will appear to some as if he timed the announcement just to avoid the New Hampshire debate. That would give his foes the chance to say he is either not serious about running for the nomination or is too unprepared to be considered a credible candidate."

Thompson created a fundraising committee that allowed him to begin raising money for a possible presidential campaign on June 1.

An actor best known for his role as District Attorney Arthur Branch in NBC's "Law & Order," Thompson was elected to the Senate in 1994 and served there for eight years.

- CNN's John King and Candy Crowley

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soundoff (81 Responses)
  1. Rodney Dallas TX

    We've already had a Republican actor in office. Look what that got us. Do we really need another one?

    August 31, 2007 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  2. David, Gilbert Arizona

    Pssst...all you democrats that are bashing ol' Fred are not the people that get to nominate him. The republicans are. You demo's have Hillary to worry about.

    And if all those bad things about Fred are true then you democrats should be overjoyed that the republicans would want to nominate him. Makes Hillary's run for the presidency a cake walk right?

    Here's a reality check. I know quite a few people who are happy to vote for Fred despite those bad things he might have done in the past. Most of us feel we don't make enough money to afford all the spending a democratic president is going to do.

    You think jobs are leaving the United States now? Put a democratic president in office with all their regulations and "green" programs and watch the existing jobs leave as well. Watch the auto industry that is already in dire straights go completely buns up when they can't afford all the "green" restrictions on cars Americans aren't buying anyway.

    We'll see who has the last laugh. And I too remember the Carter years. You think mortgages are bad now? 11% interest was the average back then with a late 1970's income. So were long gas lines. You want that again? Go ahead and vote for your tax and spend democrat then we'll discuss the difference between bad and good.

    August 31, 2007 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  3. David, Salinas, CA

    David of Gilmore, AZ:

    The days of Republican fiscal responsibility are long past.

    The current administration spent our tax dollars like no other in American history. When they spent all we had, they started charging trillions to our children’s credit cards. All the leading Republican Presidential candidates are in favor of continuing this irresponsible deficit spending.

    The last Democratic administration left us with a balanced budget.

    Times have changed.

    And you think you can win by running against Jimmy Carter?

    August 31, 2007 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  4. John Thomas, Edina, MN

    He has waited to announce because he has been rising in the polls without running, what politician wouldn't love that? I think that says something about his overall abililty to pull voters in...Not sold yet but see how Fred could rise amongst repubs. and would have a higher "likeability factor" than Clinton in a general election.

    August 31, 2007 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  5. Rick, KC, MO

    No need to throw your hat in the ring, Fred.
    GOP already has enough wimps and flip-floppers.
    Time for a change. TED NUGENT IN '08!

    September 3, 2007 04:22 am at 4:22 am |
  6. Ksenia

    My big qetusion is whether a secular conservative who supports his Iraq and economical stance should feel safe supporting him, even though he might have very different opinions on abortion and other issues.

    February 16, 2012 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
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