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Republican Fred Thompson to announce candidacy for US president Sept. 6

Republican Fred Thompson to announce candidacy for US president Sept. 6

Republican Fred Thompson, whose entry into the U.S. presidential race has been long anticipated, will officially launch his candidacy Sept. 6 in a webcast on his campaign site, followed by a five-day tour of early primary states.
Thompson, 65, an actor and former senator, brings to the eight-man Republican field a right-leaning Senate voting record with a few digressions from Republican orthodoxy and a healthy dose of Hollywood star power. He is hoping to attract conservatives who are lukewarm about the current crop of candidates for the 2008 election.
"I believe that there are millions of Americans who know that our security and prosperity are at risk if we don't address the challenges of our time; the global threat of terrorism; taxes and spending that will bankrupt future generations, and a government that can't seem to get the most basic responsibilities right for its citizens," the "Law & Order" actor said in a statement Thursday that laid out themes of his campaign.
Thompson's preliminary campaign aides disclosed details about how he will formally enter the race in a Thursday afternoon conference call with supporters.
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Next Wednesday, Thompson will appear on the late-night TV talk show "Tonight Show with Jay Leno" but he will not participate with his Republican rivals in a debate that same night in New Hampshire.
Earlier this year, Thompson saw his popularity soar in polls when he acknowledged he was considering a run. Since then, he has been consistently ranked among the top Republicans in national polls and surveys in key states alike. In April, he disclosed that he was diagnosed in 2004 with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, a highly treatable form of cancer.
He has spent months "testing the waters" of a presidential campaign, playing coy with the public about his intentions even as he opened campaign offices, started raising money and hired a campaign staff. But his preliminary campaign stumbled this summer, fueling doubts that Thompson has what it takes to mount a challenge to top contenders Rudy Giuliani, Mitt Romney and John McCain.
Organizationally, Thompson underwent a series of staffing changes _ including the replacement of his manager-in-waiting _ and other aide departures amid consternation about the active role of Thompson's wife, Jeri. At the same time, little progress was made setting up organizations in key states.
Thompson also failed on the fundraising front to reach the $5 million (euro3.7 million) goal his backers had set for the first month he sought to bring in cash, and he dramatically lags his top rivals in money. He reported a lackluster $3.5 million (euro2.6 million).
He also faced questions this summer about his career as a lobbyist, including his work for a family planning group seeking to relax an abortion rule and work on behalf of a Tennessee savings and loans in favor of legislation that loosened federal oversight.
His delayed entrance into the race _ which at one point was to occur in July _ has prompted rumblings in Washington and early primary states that he may have missed his window.


Updated : 2021-04-14 07:59 GMT+08:00