August 30th, 2007
05:00 PM ET
14 years ago

Thompson to announce September 6

Watch the Best Political Team on TV discuss Fred Thompson's impending presidential candidacy.

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. John Thomas, Edina, MN

    Do you realize how ridiculous this is? The lazy, corrupt, loophole jumpin' idiot that is Fred is ANNOUNCING his announcement–and then you have CNN reporting this as a legitimate story. HAHAHAHA

    August 30, 2007 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  2. Bob, Chattanooga, TN

    It's about time.

    But my god, what a JOKE.

    August 30, 2007 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  3. Josue Romano, Buena Park, CA

    No please don't! or do I really care.?

    August 30, 2007 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  4. Matt, Centervile Oh

    Seriously, WHAT A JOKE!

    August 30, 2007 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  5. Myron, Honolulu, Hi

    This guy acts like an actor, just doesn't show up on time and can't keep his finances in order

    August 30, 2007 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  6. Jeff, Little Rock Arkansas

    Wow, what good planning so he would not have to do the debate on the 5th. Wouldn't want the public to find out who he really is on the day he announces. Way to go FRED!!!

    Vote RON PAUL 2008

    August 30, 2007 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  7. Charles, Los Angeles, CA

    It Great To Now Have Someone Worth Voting For!

    August 30, 2007 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  8. Michael, Wallington, NJ

    Tom Dobbs has a better chance of being elected president that Thompson...especially if they use the Delacoy voting system again.

    August 30, 2007 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  9. S, Orlando, FL

    And, like a chicken, he has to announce his candiacy the day after a GOP debate.

    This is just a car accident waiting to happen.

    August 30, 2007 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  10. name, city, ST

    The Daily Show was right, he really does look like Frankenberry.

    August 30, 2007 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  11. Providence, RI

    Thompson, the messiah for Republicans, cannot save the party! He is too old...

    August 30, 2007 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  12. Anonymous

    Dude's a wuss. He should have been sharing his ideas with the country for months with the rest of the candidates.

    If he had any, that is.

    August 30, 2007 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  13. Brendose, Oceanside, CA

    This is what America needs: someone who is a trained liar! How are we going to know when he's acting and when he's not? I think in the long run, his is not going to have any effect on the outcome of the Presidential election past the primaries.

    August 30, 2007 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  14. John, Michigan

    He is about as real as Arthur Branch. His announcement will add some legitimacy to the campaigns of John McCain and Ron Paul but will still leave me looking elsewhere.

    August 30, 2007 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  15. Patrick, Albuquerque, NM

    A Republican who speaks clearly on issues like abortion and gay marriage will win the party nomination. Thompson is no dummy. I feel like Washington has come back from the grave....yee haaa!!!

    August 30, 2007 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  16. Jeannie, Atlanta, Georgia

    I'm glad to hear he's joining the race. I cannot wait to see the expression on his when he loses miserably and then has a Female Democratic President to contend with.
    Join in Fred ...Bring it on!..your so pompous.

    August 30, 2007 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  17. Chicago, Illinois

    Wow, actors running for president. The countries already in such bad shape, imagine what it would be like if he was our next Commander in Chief.

    August 30, 2007 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  18. Marq, Austin, TX

    This is too funny Fred is making an announcement to announce the day when he will announce his consideration to announce his run for the Presidency,

    sheesh buddy by the time you finish announcing the race will be over.

    So if he becomes President how many announcement and postponement will he make for the State of the Union Address

    August 30, 2007 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  19. J, Seattle, WA

    Who's Fred Thompson? I'm voting for Ron Paul!!!!

    August 30, 2007 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  20. Jorge

    In other "News that makes you go 'Duh'", your dog likes steak.

    August 30, 2007 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  21. Dave Close, McDonough, GA

    Mr. Thompson, whoever put THAT picture of you on a national news site must really dislike you. Terrible Picture!!
    You deserve better than that.

    August 30, 2007 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  22. fedupwithourgov't

    Don't bother Fred!

    You have no substance and your granddaughter, I mean wife, will never fly!

    August 30, 2007 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  23. travis

    Been mighty underwhelming so far...

    August 30, 2007 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  24. Keith - Atlanta, GA

    Finally he's coming out of the closet as an open Presidential candidate!

    August 30, 2007 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  25. Helen, Pocatello, Idaho

    This is nothing but a lawyerly, legalistic, letter-of-the-law ploy to avoid having to reveal who is running and funding his campaign.

    If Fred announces on Sept 6, he doesn't have to file any campaign finance reports until Jan 31, 2008, after at least seven primaries.

    What a joke. The question every voter has to ask is WHAT ARE YOU HIDING?

    August 30, 2007 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
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