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

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. Ian

    Yeah, didn't see that coming, Fred. You've only been actively campaigning for how many weeks now?

    August 30, 2007 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  2. Sammy C. NYC

    Actors for presidents beat attorney's for president any day!

    August 30, 2007 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |


    August 30, 2007 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  4. Bill, Norfolk VA

    Great news. Fred running has liberals scared straight.

    You can tell, because after barely campaigning, he's already poised to be the Republican Nominee. Hitlary's people have even put out innacurate hit articles on him (as parroted by John thomas.)

    You are the man, Fred. Let's keep this country strong and prosperous! Vote Fred in 08!

    August 30, 2007 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  5. Ron Nebraska

    The perfect Republican candidate, intellectually lazy but LOOKS like a President. God help us all.

    August 30, 2007 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  6. Jack, Washington DC

    He was majored in political science, was an attorney and was a senator before ever going into acting.

    Obviously you don't research before posting Chattanooga and Chicage...

    August 30, 2007 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  7. Gene Fortson, Georgia

    What would be better, Hillary and Obama? PLEASE!! Fred Thompson is a man of integrity and not a cut and run coward. I want him leading us during this troublesome time. I am old enough to remember when Carter was President and all the stuff Reagan had to do to bring us up from our knees. I don't think a lot of people remember!

    August 30, 2007 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  8. Brenda, Yuma, AZ

    Wow is right. Do you not realize that he served in the Senate for many years, he is NOT just an actor. And what about Ronald Reagan – a great President!! started out acting. Pay attention.

    August 30, 2007 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  9. Tally

    Thompson is announcing that he is going to announce his candidacy.

    Just like he is going to announce that he is going to announce he is going to drop out.

    August 30, 2007 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  10. Thomas, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

    I assume his announcement will be that he has finished testing the waters and decided to run against Bush for the 2004 nomination?

    August 30, 2007 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  11. Rob M

    Ole Fred Thompson is too darn old and his statements to date make him sound like a stupid flag-waving yahoo with no substance. He needs to saty in Hollywood with his corny acting and bad ideas.

    August 30, 2007 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  12. Jim, Hartford, CT

    So what?

    Another old white male saying the same old stuff that's not based on facts but full of hate.

    August 31, 2007 12:45 am at 12:45 am |
  13. Shawnie - Grants Pass, OR

    Just what is Fred going to announce? That he avoided yet another debate? Isn't he clever!

    August 31, 2007 01:19 am at 1:19 am |
  14. Ray, San Antonio, Texas

    A honest & trustworthy man running for president? Washington need one bad! Guess I will be voteing this time around!!

    August 31, 2007 02:03 am at 2:03 am |
  15. steve san diego ca

    Do us a favor Fred,
    Go Away

    August 31, 2007 04:22 am at 4:22 am |
  16. Randall- Raleigh, N.C.

    I think Fred Thompson is a good and decent man. His associations with Republicans however could make me question his integrity.

    August 31, 2007 06:49 am at 6:49 am |
  17. Shawn, Macon, GA

    I love this; it’s nice to see the “left” squirm like someone just walked over their grave.

    August 31, 2007 07:58 am at 7:58 am |
  18. John Jay, Spirit Lake, IA

    what's the point? Fred has already peaked in the polls. so much for the darling of the conservatives...

    August 31, 2007 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  19. Christian, Tampa FL

    If some strange misaligning of the cosmos causes Fred Thompson to get elected, I'm moving overseas and forming a resistance.

    If America did happen to be stupid enough to elect a lazy, flip-flopping, not-very-good-actor version of George Bush, then it would deserve whatever it gets.

    August 31, 2007 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  20. Gary, Boston USA

    Thompson.. what a joke. It just goes to show that the average 'joe' in the south has more in common with their TV than their own government. Thus that is why actors run with their 'face' rather than their record.

    August 31, 2007 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  21. Bubba, Swainsboro GA

    Is he going to be the new president on 24? I remember when he was on Gilligan's Island.

    August 31, 2007 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  22. Mark G., BBH, ME

    CFR stoodge, nothing exciting here. They will attempt to say he is an alternative, but he is in bed with them all.

    August 31, 2007 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  23. Cable King Pittsburgh Pa

    Yo Fred – your campaign is dead! And it hasn't even started!!

    August 31, 2007 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  24. Brad, Columbia, SC

    Let's not get bogged arguing over whether Fred was an actor or a politician first. Doesn't matter to me. It doesn't matter that he was an actor at all. I've seen plenty of actors who may be candidate material, their day jobs notwithstanding. Let's get off the acting thing.

    Let's focus on Fred's background as a big-time lobbyist, Republican insider, country boy posturer and all-around panderer. I won't rehash all the legit points raised by David from Salinas.

    And Fred's comment about illegal immigrants and suicide bombers is very illuminating. It gives a glimpse into how he would run his campaign. Mexicans = terrorists. There is simply no logical progression. In that sense, it's a classically Republican campaign strategy. What else would Fred say to scare you into voting for him?

    August 31, 2007 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  25. Bill, Tulsa, OK

    yeah, get in or get out you CFR Neo-Con.

    August 31, 2007 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
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