September 4th, 2007
03:30 PM ET
12 years ago

Thompson to launch first campaign ads

Fred Thompson's formal entry into the 2008 presidential race as been anxiously anticipated by his supporters, aptly dubbed "Fred heads."

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Facing criticism for skipping Wednesday night's Republican presidential debate, Fred Thompson will reach out to potential voters during commercial breaks with his first campaign ad, his campaign announced Tuesday.

The first ad, called "Debate," is scheduled to air nationally on Fox News during the debate. The campaign will release a second ad that will air on Fox News on Thursday.

Thompson, a former U.S. Senator from Tennessee, will officially announce that he's running for president at 12:01am Thursday.

- CNN Associate Producer Lauren Kornreich

Filed under: Fred Thompson
soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. Mark, Princeton, NJ

    Skipping yet another debate? What a wimp.

    Oh wait, maybe he's not skipping – he may still be considering it, or testing the waters.

    September 4, 2007 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  2. Christian, Tampa FL

    If this is any indication of how he would run the country...

    I guess it's consistent, considering the number of people who worked with him and said he was "lazy."

    September 4, 2007 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  3. Bill, Bloomington IL


    September 4, 2007 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  4. heather, IL

    and.... who cares?

    September 4, 2007 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  5. Jeff Richards

    Hmm..... Right after the fifth debate... how convienent. How lazy can you be. Seriously he wants to be president without even debating he has a good strategy no one can ever no what it is he truly stands on "Americans are a free people" Uh Uh...Shut up Fred your a fake, if you really wanted to be President you would have really tried if you cared about the issues. Tell your wife to find another man she can run the country through byproxy cause I sure as hell won't vote for you.

    September 4, 2007 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  6. fedupwithourgov't

    You'll weasel your way out of any debate you can because YOU HAVE NO SUBSTANCE!


    September 4, 2007 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  7. Eric,N.Reading,MA

    At first I thought this guy was a breath of fresh air but then I found out he is a member of The Council on Foriegn Relations which makes him a New World Order man.(not good for the average American)

    September 4, 2007 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  8. Lance, Monrovia, CA

    Fred's supporters are called "Fred heads"?

    Maybe they should be called "Dead heads" instead. They must be smoking some pretty serious herb to be supporting this guy.

    I find it incredibly caluculated and cold that Thompson has waited so long to declare his candidacy. What sort of strategy is that? Does he honestly think think that the less he says the more likely his nomination?

    Well, that may be the case, but lets not also forget those wonderful campaign ads, i mean, LA Law episodes that he's in.

    Oh, and then there's the Dukes of Hazzard playing on Comedy Central. Lets not forget good ol' Boss Hogg, played by Fred Thompson. Boy, it sure would be gud to have Boss Hogg Thompson in the White House, wuldn't it?

    Maybe he'll chomp on his big ol' stogie, put on his white hat and drive his caddie with the horns on it right up to the white house gates. That would be soooo awesome!

    Boss Hogg for President! Hells yah!

    September 4, 2007 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  9. RB

    It will be interesting to see how this guy is received by the right. Once he's in the race, he's got to produce -no more playing from the shadows.

    Right now he is an unknown quantity and rides in without much scrutiny from the media or his own party. The Hollywood aura can only prop him up so much, and using the Tonight show to announce is kind of a cheap backdrop.

    I've got a feeling he'll fizzle out because once push comes to shove he won't be able to keep up with the pack.

    Should be interesting, though, given the current pack isn't exactly lighting fires in the bellies of GOP'ers.

    September 4, 2007 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  10. Shawnie - Grants Pass, OR

    Fred who?

    September 4, 2007 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  11. Matthew W. Combest

    Enough already – Thompson's a has been and hes not even officially in the race – hes not important enough to keep people's attention this long. If you want to run – then run. Good Greif.

    September 4, 2007 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  12. Jo, Torrance, California

    The "Un-Decider" has arrived.

    September 4, 2007 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  13. Cary - Lowell, IN

    Seems a bit arrogant to sort of hold his candidacy over our heads the way Sen. Thompson is doing. It's as if he wants to make a "grand entrance", but I think he'd better humble himself and just start hitting the road.

    September 4, 2007 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  14. Joe, Florida

    Running the ad during the debate he is going to avoid. He's got some nerve, laughing in front of the voters and his fellow Republicans. With the ad he is going to try to look pretty while avoiding questions, some nerve I tell you!

    This behavior he has been showing since the race began is going to come back and bite him right back there.

    September 5, 2007 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  15. Seekster, Arlington, TX

    Get set to light your powder fellow Fred Heads! Tonight the real election begins.

    Vote Fred Thompson 2008 and 2012!!!

    September 5, 2007 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  16. Joe, Florida

    "Get set to light your powder fellow Fred Heads! Tonight the real election begins.

    Vote Fred Thompson 2008 and 2012!!!"

    You are making me laugh too hard Seekster. Go exchange your Fred Head for a Good Head to put on your shoulders my friend. You people sound ridiculous calling yourselves “Fred Heads”, what are you, psychos or zombies who escaped from a hospital and are following the first lunatic who says, “Follow me”? Please….

    September 5, 2007 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  17. Raymond, El Paso TX

    Hey Fred, in real life a president sometimes has to make immediate decisions. He can't afford for to be waiting for the writers to finish the script or keep rehearsing until he thinks he has the part down. For our sake, please stay in make-believe TV land.

    September 5, 2007 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |