Thursday, August 30, 2007

Fred Runs!

Fred Thompson has announced he will announce next Thursday on a webcast. The decision was made today during a conference call where it was revealed the deciding factor was a thirty-five dollar check send in by Indigo Red.

This from the L.A. TIMES:

Republican Fred Thompson will formally announce his long-anticipated presidential candidacy on a webcast next Thursday, he and his top aides told supporters wired into a conference call today.

The Times' Joe Mathews reports that the call also revealed that after the webcast airs and Thompson files the necessary paperwork with federal election officials, he will travel to the key early states in the nomination battle: Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina. And he will conclude his opening tour with a stop in his hometown of Lawrenceburg, Tenn., on Sept. 15.

Mathews was told that during the call, which was not open to reporters, no mention was made of an effort to schedule a Thompson appearance on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" next Wednesday -- the same night of a Republican presidential debate in New Hampshire. But Mathews reports that sources close to Thompson say negotiations between the campaign and NBC remain in the works.

On the money front, Thompson's backers were told that he has raised about $6 million -- far less than the two leading contenders in the GOP race, Rudy Giuliani and Mitt Romney. Not surprisingly, Thompson plans to focus on picking up his fundraising pace.

-- Don Frederick

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dcat said...

Some say it is too late and some of us will say NEVER!

It's never too late!

The good things take time.

Mike's America said...

Thompson squandered some of the early enthusiasm. I guess it depends on how he handles things from here on out.

It'll be nice to see him in the October debate.

Indigo Red said...

I don't think he squandered anything. Unlike many of his nomination rivals, Fred didn't have to waste time and money early on name recognition. The October debate wiill certainly be telling as to whether Fred will be able to recoup or will fall flat.

I tend to agree with Fred that most folks have yet to pay much attention to the nomination process. The early problem with the extended primary race is that many candidates are wearing very thin now. Fred Thompson may be seen as fresh air and a much needed shake up.

Whatever happens, it will be a fun and bumpy ride.