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Fred Thompson will announce today at 4:30pm EDT
Drudge Report via RedState.com and Jonathan Martin ^ | 8/30/07

Posted on 08/30/2007 12:46:03 PM PDT by RobinWWJD

per RedState.com :

It's official: Fred Thompson will make a Presidential announcement today at 4:30pm.

For all who have waited for this for months -- here you go.

He's finally putting his money where his mouth is. Word is that he is making phone calls to supporters as we speak.

But then also on Drudge:

August 30, 2007 Read More: F. Thompson

Sources: Thompson to announce Sept. 6th

Fred Thompson's campaign-in-waiting will hold a 4 p.m. conference call today with supporters to brief them on plans for the former Tennessee senator's presidential announcement next week, according to an e-mail obtained by Politico.com.

Randy Enwright, Thompson's political director, said in the message that they will "discuss the next steps as we move forward as an organization." A Thompson aide confirms that they'll share the news about the long-awaited formal launch. "By the end of the day, we'll have more clarity," the aide said, declining to reveal which day the announcement would take place.

UPDATE: Still no official confirmation from the campaign, but Thompson sources now confirm that he will announce his candidacy next Thursday, Sept. 6. The launch will include a tour of Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Florida. As expected, Thompson will not appear at the GOP debate in New Hampshire on Wednesday, Sept. 5.

A Thompson campaign official says that they'll issue a paper statement as to their plans later this afternoon.

By Jonathan Martin 11:04 AM


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I don't know which to believe, but I'm glad he's running finally.
1 posted on 08/30/2007 12:46:03 PM PDT by RobinWWJD
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To: RobinWWJD

Do you have a link?


2 posted on 08/30/2007 12:46:48 PM PDT by Admin Moderator
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To: RobinWWJD

kellynla had this already: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1888985/posts


3 posted on 08/30/2007 12:47:45 PM PDT by GraniteStateConservative (...He had committed no crime against America so I did not bring him here...-- Worst.President.Ever.)
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To: Admin Moderator

Here, Chief:

http://www.redstate.com/stories/elections/2008/breaking_fred_thompson_will_announce_his_candidacy_today_at_4_30pm_edt_0


4 posted on 08/30/2007 12:47:59 PM PDT by DaveLoneRanger ("Being normal is not necessarily a virtue. It rather denotes a lack of courage.")
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To: RobinWWJD

September 6th!


5 posted on 08/30/2007 12:48:37 PM PDT by pillut48 (CJ in TX --Soccer Mom, Bible Thumper and Proud to be an American! RUN, FRED, RUN!!!)
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To: GraniteStateConservative

I went ahead and bumped that to Breaking since RedState says he will announce today.


6 posted on 08/30/2007 12:48:53 PM PDT by DaveLoneRanger ("Being normal is not necessarily a virtue. It rather denotes a lack of courage.")
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To: Admin Moderator

Thailand?


7 posted on 08/30/2007 12:49:30 PM PDT by rintense (I'm 4 Thompson!)
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To: Admin Moderator
How about linking it to the previous tread spreading the rumor?
8 posted on 08/30/2007 12:50:01 PM PDT by ASA Vet
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To: RobinWWJD

Kind of a strange non-event announcement after all this time. Why today?


9 posted on 08/30/2007 12:50:14 PM PDT by Greg F (Duncan Hunter is a good man.)
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To: Greg F

Good point. Somebody said the Law & Order reruns had to quit first before he announced in September, so why the change?

Why today, and with so little hype? If I were him, I’d pick a Monday, after letting rumors circulate for the weekend about an announcement. Too little buildup involved in this for him to be announcing today.


10 posted on 08/30/2007 12:57:13 PM PDT by DaveLoneRanger ("Being normal is not necessarily a virtue. It rather denotes a lack of courage.")
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To: RobinWWJD
Whooohooo!

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11 posted on 08/30/2007 1:04:31 PM PDT by stm (Fred Thompson in 08! Return our country to the era of Reagan Conservatism now.)
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To: stm
wonderful news......now, the real campaign begins...

we have 3 viable pubs....Mitt, Fred, and Rudy....

I can't see Mitt getting anywhere, Rudy seems to have a lot of baggage, but Fred....Fred has got Potential...

12 posted on 08/30/2007 1:11:38 PM PDT by cherry
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To: RobinWWJD

Everyone takes off for vacation in late summer. So I would expect the announcement shortly after Labor Day.

That’s what I suggested late last spring. You’d have to be crazy to announce during the summer. Nobody’s paying attention.

At most, this will be a call to insiders confirming that he will announce next week.


13 posted on 08/30/2007 1:12:18 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Cicero

Fred has managed to milk every once of momentum out of his “campaign” this summer.

What a painful spectacle this has been. Let’s just hope he runs his real campaign with more purpose and enthusiasm.


14 posted on 08/30/2007 1:22:05 PM PDT by GAD
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To: RobinWWJD

If he does announce, I hope he doesn’t just go around the country reading from the Federalist papers.

Though critical to the way our government should work, he needs to fire up the rhetoric on some big conservative ideas —

— Win the war on terror at all costs (the PC days are over)
— Lower taxes (rally the country to eliminate the IRS)
— Shrink govt. (talk specifics about outright shutting down agencies and programs)
— Shut down the borders. Step up deportations. English only.
— Protect life.

If all he does is talk theory, I’m sticking with Hunter or Tancredo through the primary.


15 posted on 08/30/2007 1:22:54 PM PDT by wilco200
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To: cherry

Don’t mean to bust your “cherry” but, FDT will be our candidate.

The first real deal in 30 yrs.


16 posted on 08/30/2007 1:33:07 PM PDT by mmanager (Fred instead of Purebred, Crossbred and the Hothead)
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To: GAD
America don’t like playing games. Be a man and stand up, enough of this silliness.
17 posted on 08/30/2007 1:49:31 PM PDT by Orange1998
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To: Orange1998

He had contractual obligations and obligations to his co-workers at L&O who would have lost royalties if he announced earlier. The last run of L&O is scheduled for Sep 1st, so announcing earlier would violate FCC regulations. He’s not playing games, he is serious...it is the naysayers who need to get a grip.


18 posted on 08/30/2007 1:57:13 PM PDT by ravingnutter
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To: ravingnutter
Ok! Did Fred say this or is this an made up excuse for him. Fred rumor to have had 3 campaign managers but not a word from Fred. If he plans to run America like this I don’t want any part of him.
19 posted on 08/30/2007 2:04:27 PM PDT by Orange1998
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To: Orange1998
This article came out in July...he had made arrangements with the producers of the show:

LOS ANGELES - If Fred Thompson makes it official and throws his hat in the ring for President, NBC will pull future reruns of "Law & Order" featuring the actor after Sept. 1, executive producer Dick Wolf said yesterday.Wolf, reading from an official NBC statement yesterday, said the rule applies when a person legally qualifies as a candidate.

"If Fred Thompson formally declares his intention to run for President, NBC will not schedule any further repeats of 'Law & Order' featuring Mr. Thompson beyond those already scheduled, which conclude on Saturday, Sept. 1," Wolf said. Wolf assured that NBC would take all "appropriate steps consistent with FCC regulations." Thompson fans would, however, be able to see him in reruns airing on TNT.

NY Daily News

He can't declare until after Sep 1st or he violates FCC regulations, it is that simple. His costars get royalties on those reruns, so he had to take them into consideration.

20 posted on 08/30/2007 2:22:07 PM PDT by ravingnutter
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To: Orange1998
Here's the one I was actually looking for that confirms it:

Now that Mr. Thompson seems poised to re-enter politics as a Republican presidential candidate, his career will take another twist. In May, he asked NBC to release him from further “Law & Order” commitments; more recently, NBC said it was ready to stop showing reruns of the episodes he appears in because of federal equal time regulations for presidential candidates.

Source

21 posted on 08/30/2007 2:27:23 PM PDT by ravingnutter
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To: ravingnutter

I would like to see him in the race. As long as Hillary is defeated. The only ones that have a problem with Fred are the ones who already picked a candidate. Come on Fred give it your best shot.


22 posted on 08/30/2007 2:35:58 PM PDT by Orange1998
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To: RobinWWJD

‘bout damned time! Now go out there and kick some ass Fred. I’m behind you 100%. Screw Rudi the cross dressing liberal socialist.


23 posted on 08/30/2007 2:47:25 PM PDT by RetiredArmy (The American Republic is slowing dying, and no one cares.)
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To: GAD

I’m partly dittos on what you said, though I understand the “Law & Order” excuse.


24 posted on 08/30/2007 2:53:08 PM PDT by DaveLoneRanger ("Being normal is not necessarily a virtue. It rather denotes a lack of courage.")
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