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Fred Thompson campaign warming up

Posted by Stephen on April 6, 2007

Fred Thompson, actor and former Republican Senator from Tennessee, is warming up to a run at the nomination for the 2008 Presidential race. He has moved beyond simple conversation about a possible run to the establishment of a high octane staff and campaign organization.

“The outreach to him has been so overwhelming that he is now starting to talk to people to really calibrate what it would take to run a successful campaign,” said an advisor familiar with Thompson’s plans. “He’s talking to some of the top unaligned strategists and fundraisers.”

While Thompson hasn’t declared his intention to run, “he is getting more serious every day,” said the advisor. In a major political coup, Thompson will make a May 4 appearance at the 45th annual dinner of the Lincoln Club of Orange County in the heart of Ronald Reagan country in Southern California. The invitation was widely sought by aspiring Republicans, and his advisers expect considerable media attention around the visit.

Thompson’s next move, however, will be a reported meeting of House Republicans April 18 at the Capitol Hill Club, organized by Rep Zach Wamp (R-Tenn.), the most vocal promoter of a Thompson candidacy. More than 60 House Republicans have indicated they want to come to hear the former senator.

Thompson is capable of establishing a strong conservative position on issues ranging from fiscal to social, something lacking at the top of the Republican’s current field.

If Thompson runs, he’s likely to stress his willingness to take on the biggest issues, including nuclear proliferation and the entitlement crisis, advisers said, who added “People are disappointed that for the last two presidencies, almost 20 years now, we’ve seen people not held accountable and a cavalier attitude toward basic governmental responsibilities.”

While Thompson brings a spark and energy to the 08 race and a constituency thirsty for such a candidate, the one question that he must answer is whether he has staying power. In some political circles there have been questions about whether Thompson has the level of desire for the office necessary to pay the price of a long run of a presidential campaign.

Advisors discount such concerns and suggest Thompson has been energized by public and political response to his candidacy. Thompson is not expected to make an announcement until late May. Until then, Republicans will be allowed to assess the long term potential of a Thompson Presidency.

Stephen Winslow is the executive editor of Conservative Viewpoints.


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