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Thompson to Announce Bid Sept. 6
AP via SFGate ^ | 8/30/7 | LIZ SIDOTI, Associated Press Writer

Posted on 08/30/2007 1:42:12 PM PDT by SmithL

Des Moines, Iowa (AP) --

Republican Fred Thompson, whose entry into the 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, The Associated Press has learned.

The preliminary campaign of the former Tennessee senator and "Law & Order" actor is to disclose details about how he will formally enter the race in a Thursday afternoon conference call with supporters.

House parties will be held nationwide on Sept. 6. A tour of Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina will quickly follow the Internet announcement on , with later stops in Florida, and a homecoming event in Lawrenceburg, Tenn., on Sept. 15.

On Wednesday, Thompson will appear on NBC's "Tonight Show with Jay Leno" but he won't participate with his Republican rivals in a debate that same night in New Hampshire.

(Excerpt) Read more at sfgate.com ...


TOPICS: Breaking News; Front Page News; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2008; elections; foolmeonce; fred; fredthompson; runfredrun; thompson
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1 posted on 08/30/2007 1:42:13 PM PDT by SmithL
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To: SmithL
Today...tomorrow...Sept 6th


2 posted on 08/30/2007 1:43:25 PM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: SmithL

Hooray!


3 posted on 08/30/2007 1:44:00 PM PDT by pcottraux (Fred Thompson pronounces it "P. Coe-troe"...in 2008.)
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To: SmithL
I hope Fred Thompson understands this one thing... nobody likes a tease.
4 posted on 08/30/2007 1:44:11 PM PDT by pnh102
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To: SmithL

I think so far today I have heard three different places where Fred Thompson will announce his candidacy. Yawwwnnn...call me when it is over. I have work to do.


5 posted on 08/30/2007 1:44:27 PM PDT by cubreporter ( Rush has done more for our country from where he sits than anyone will ever know.)
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To: SmithL

What year.


6 posted on 08/30/2007 1:45:03 PM PDT by boomop1 (there you go again)
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To: SmithL; monkapotamus; All

HEY MONK I am not suprise if he announced on Jay Leno remember what on NBC Law and Order his boss for last few years


7 posted on 08/30/2007 1:45:05 PM PDT by SevenofNine ("We are Freepers, all your media belong to us, resistence is futile")
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To: cubreporter
On Wednesday, Thompson will appear on NBC's "Tonight Show with Jay Leno" but he won't participate with his Republican rivals in a debate that same night in New Hampshire.

Whats he scared of? A walking tall man is what America expects.

8 posted on 08/30/2007 1:46:27 PM PDT by Orange1998
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To: Orange1998

So he chickens out of the New Hampshire debate bawaawk buck buck buck lol


9 posted on 08/30/2007 1:48:19 PM PDT by be-baw
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To: Puppage

No Kidding! Fred makes a mistake to miss the Sept 5th New Hampshire debate.


10 posted on 08/30/2007 1:49:21 PM PDT by Anti-Bubba182
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To: SmithL
He "waited" until the date that, in the past, candidates would announce their intentions to run for POTUS.
11 posted on 08/30/2007 1:51:54 PM PDT by Edgerunner (If you won't let the military fight your battles, you will have to. Keep your powder dry...)
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To: be-baw

I don’t care if he is standing on a soap box, I want to hear his views.


12 posted on 08/30/2007 1:52:02 PM PDT by Orange1998
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To: Anti-Bubba182

I have a question for y’all.

What difference would it make if Fred did or did not participate in any of the debates?

For me they are nothing but media “fun and games”. I speculate here that the media gamers would give Fred lots of airtime if he chose not to debate and in which he could coment on the debatees responses, etc. The media sure would go nuts if he chose not to particpate.


13 posted on 08/30/2007 1:54:49 PM PDT by crazyshrink
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To: crazyshrink

So he’s announcing that he will announce? Whaa???


14 posted on 08/30/2007 1:56:57 PM PDT by I'm ALL Right! (THOMPSON '08)
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To: I'm ALL Right!

The way I read it here, and at and many other sources, is that the press is announcing that he will announce.


15 posted on 08/30/2007 2:02:15 PM PDT by crazyshrink
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To: crazyshrink
"What difference would it make if Fred did or did not participate in any of the debates?

If Fred does not Debate he will be called:

Lazy

Cowardly

Not serious

...And all of that and more will stick as far as his campaign is concerned. He has to show up to most of the debates, especially the ones where the other major candidates appear.

16 posted on 08/30/2007 2:02:54 PM PDT by Anti-Bubba182
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To: Edgerunner

If Thompson waits until September 6 to formally declare his candidacy, he won’t have to disclose any of the cash given to his campaign until January 31 — after many major contests are over, including the Iowa and Nevada Caucuses, and the New Hampshire, South Carolina, Michigan and Florida primaries. And he’s waiting til 12:01 AM, just to guarantee the legal deadline is past.

That way there can’t be a repeat of the “Fred didn’t come close to his confident prediction of donations” headlines that we got this summer. He doesn’t like that Sunday morning chatter that he’s not doing as well as expected - it’s the whiff of inevitable defeat.


17 posted on 08/30/2007 2:03:58 PM PDT by worst-case scenario (Striving to reach the light)
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To: Anti-Bubba182

If memory serves me right, hasn’r he been called those things already?


18 posted on 08/30/2007 2:11:28 PM PDT by crazyshrink
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To: Orange1998

“Whats he scared of?”

Being around a bunch of yipping wanna-bes lessens a man.


19 posted on 08/30/2007 2:11:56 PM PDT by MeanWestTexan (Kol Hakavod Fred Thompson)
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To: Anti-Bubba182

Naw. Us Tennessee boys don’t like to be told we HAVE to do ANYTHING.

If “the way you have to do it” is stupid, I’ve always had the “You hide and watch me” attitude, and done it the way I thought it ought to be done.

Other than things that are legally required, or that violate the laws of physics, doing it my way has usually worked, and is a lot more satisfying.

I like people who think like that. Fred’s like me.


20 posted on 08/30/2007 2:13:31 PM PDT by HeadOn (Hey kids - Learn to think instead of prepping for the test.)
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To: MeanWestTexan

Amen, Brother.


21 posted on 08/30/2007 2:14:09 PM PDT by HeadOn (Hey kids - Learn to think instead of prepping for the test.)
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To: worst-case scenario

Inevitable defeat against whom? Ron Paul? Come on. Thompson coming in completely changes the dynamics of the race he immediately turns this into a two man race and eliminates any hope Romney has. From here on out it will be Rudy vs Fred so choose your side.

There are way to many debates with just to many candidates involved. He should skip all of them until the scrubs like Duncan Hunter drop out.


22 posted on 08/30/2007 2:14:24 PM PDT by Patrick1
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To: SmithL
I think Fred may be my choice, but until I hear him I'm not sending him a dime.

Come on Fred, #$%# or get off the pot.

23 posted on 08/30/2007 2:16:08 PM PDT by Vinnie (You're Nobody 'Til Somebody Jihads You)
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To: Patrick1

I just don’t think there are enough Chi-Coms to donate money to Hillary to save her from the wrath of Fred!


24 posted on 08/30/2007 2:16:34 PM PDT by Patrick1
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To: SmithL

Anyone really sure?


25 posted on 08/30/2007 2:16:40 PM PDT by freekitty (May the eagles long fly over our beautiful and free American sky.)
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To: Anti-Bubba182

What mistake? Six months from now these over hyped way too early “debates” will not even be remembered. This early in the game these things are no more than beauty contests for the media’s selected candidates.


26 posted on 08/30/2007 2:18:36 PM PDT by RJS1950 (The democrats are the "enemies foreign and domestic" cited in the federal oath)
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To: SmithL

They have yet to invent an instrument that can measure my indifference to this whole Fred thing.


27 posted on 08/30/2007 2:20:03 PM PDT by swilliams53 (In case someone cares; yet, somehow we do!)
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To: freekitty

The Thompson folks have been telegraphing that date since last winter. Frankly, I wasn’t ready for the campaign season to start as early as it has. I’ve been amused by the way Fred has handled this.


28 posted on 08/30/2007 2:20:38 PM PDT by SmithL (I don't do Barf Alerts, you're old enough to read and decide for yourself)
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To: Orange1998
http://fredfile.imwithfred.com/category/commentaries/
29 posted on 08/30/2007 2:21:57 PM PDT by redtetrahedron ("Before I formed you in the womb I knew you" - Jer 1:5)
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To: SmithL
Blog Reaction Roundup...developing...
30 posted on 08/30/2007 2:23:08 PM PDT by Jay777 (My personal blog: www.stoptheaclu.com)
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To: RJS1950

New Hampshire remembers. In particular the Manchester Union Leader will remind them.


31 posted on 08/30/2007 2:23:56 PM PDT by Anti-Bubba182
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To: SmithL

Where are all the idiots that said last month was already too late?

As if any politically astute campaign would make their splash the last week of summer, before a long weekend, when not a soul other than truthers are paying any attention to the race.


32 posted on 08/30/2007 2:23:58 PM PDT by sam_paine (X .................................)
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To: SmithL

Jeez. 30+ posts and mostly a buncha whining crybabies.


33 posted on 08/30/2007 2:26:12 PM PDT by Reagan Man (FUHGETTABOUTIT Rudy....... Conservatives don't vote for liberals!)
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To: redtetrahedron

Some good talk from Fred. Reminds me of Bush in a way. Tell you anything you want to hear just to get elected. I will never vote for a candidate who I agree 100% of the time because no candidate is perfect.


34 posted on 08/30/2007 2:28:06 PM PDT by Orange1998
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To: pnh102

“I hope Fred Thompson understands this one thing... nobody likes a tease.”

Yeah, I think he’s dragged it out about a month too long. But people are fickle and will soon forget.

The strategy of avoiding the early, multi-candidate popularity contests, I think they called them “debtates” was excellent, IMO.


35 posted on 08/30/2007 2:36:18 PM PDT by Rb ver. 2.0 (Reunite Gondwanaland!)
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To: Puppage
This is a bunch of BS....Fred, if you are going to throw your hat in the ring, do it!

State your vision, your beliefs on issues and quit trying to turn or political system into a red carpet affair Frankly, I'm about as conservitive as you can get, but this guy is really starting to turn me off....and I did have high hopes for him too. I would love a Hunter/Mc Clintock/Tancredo ticket or any other variation

36 posted on 08/30/2007 2:36:37 PM PDT by Las Vegas Ron ("I fear we have woken a sleeping giant and filled her with a terrible resolve" - Osama 9-11-01?)
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To: Vinnie

Oh for cripes sake, how many times must I post that he had contractual obligations!!!

August 2007 - 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

July 2007 - 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

37 posted on 08/30/2007 2:39:25 PM PDT by ravingnutter
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To: worst-case scenario
If Thompson waits until September 6 to formally declare his candidacy, he won’t have to disclose any of the cash given to his campaign until January 31

I remember reading about this, I just spent 1/2 looking for the article but couldn't. Does anyone have a link. It was a story about a month ago.

38 posted on 08/30/2007 2:39:32 PM PDT by codercpc
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To: be-baw

“So he chickens out of the New Hampshire”

Shows that he’s still an actor and nothing more. Why can’t he get with the program an step up to the plate...zzzzzzzzzz Is the golf cart not working? How long can you wait with baited breathe before you turn blue?


39 posted on 08/30/2007 2:41:22 PM PDT by Lexi3130 (We need a proven businessman to run this country NOT a politician!)
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To: be-baw

Have any of these early, absurd game show looking debates served any purpose, other than for the candidates to primp and strut?


40 posted on 08/30/2007 2:41:25 PM PDT by Rb ver. 2.0 (Reunite Gondwanaland!)
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To: Orange1998

Bush43 never mislead Republicans. We just weren’t sure how much of a big govt Republican he really was. Turns out Bush has been very liberal on the spending side, expanding the welfare state and immigration reform.

FredT supports a more limited govt. He’s a federalist and that by defintion means he’ll look at every issue to see if it belongs in the purview of the states, or belongs as a federal issue. Following the Founders original intent is critical to limited govt.


41 posted on 08/30/2007 2:42:13 PM PDT by Reagan Man (FUHGETTABOUTIT Rudy....... Conservatives don't vote for liberals!)
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To: ravingnutter

“July 2007 - 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”

I hope the USA channel does the same thing. I hate L&O, I think it’s that grating “Ching-Ching” audio hook they use for emphasis.


42 posted on 08/30/2007 2:44:27 PM PDT by Rb ver. 2.0 (Reunite Gondwanaland!)
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To: SmithL

More feet-staming demands from the anti-Fred trolls. They aren’t missing a thread anymore, LOL!


43 posted on 08/30/2007 2:45:08 PM PDT by prairiebreeze (PUT AMERICA AHEAD! VOTE FOR FRED!!)
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To: SmithL

Thompson to Announce Bid Sept. 6


and be in a debate in late September? First polls in October ought to be interesting.


44 posted on 08/30/2007 2:45:38 PM PDT by Grunthor (Wine is constant proof that God loves us and loves to see us happy)
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To: Edgerunner
He "waited" until the date that, in the past, candidates would announce their intentions to run for POTUS

In case you haven't noticed, THIS year is different than years past.

Also, don't Republicans deserve somebody who understands how very bad it will be for Hillary to be the president and is willing to show up a little "early" to work to see that does not happen?
The future of this country should not be treated so casually.
45 posted on 08/30/2007 2:46:12 PM PDT by elizabetty (Was it Dolly Madison or Dolli Madison? First Ladies should not end their name with "I")
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To: Lexi3130

“Shows that he’s still an actor and nothing more”

Yeah, tell that the corrupt TN. Governor he took down, President Nixon, and the people of TN who elected him twice as Senator.


46 posted on 08/30/2007 2:48:24 PM PDT by Rb ver. 2.0 (Reunite Gondwanaland!)
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To: Patrick1

” From here on out it will be Rudy vs Fred so choose your side.”

You nailed that, its a two man race now. I’m pulling for Fred.


47 posted on 08/30/2007 2:48:33 PM PDT by chaos_5 (Put the illegals aliens on a path ... back to Mexico!)
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To: elizabetty

“Also, don’t Republicans deserve somebody who understands how very bad it will be for Hillary to be the president and is willing to show up a little “early” to work to see that does not happen?”

BWAHAHA! ~That~ is funny. Thanks for the laugh.


48 posted on 08/30/2007 2:49:20 PM PDT by Rb ver. 2.0 (Reunite Gondwanaland!)
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To: Anti-Bubba182
No Kidding! Fred makes a mistake to miss the Sept 5th New Hampshire debate.

It really is a huge mistake. As we have seen, all debates are not created equally.

The Fox News debates are by far the best and there will not be another one for a long time, if at all, before the primaries.

So Fred is going to be stuck answering questions from Snow Men and Chris Matthews rather than Brit Hume and Chris Wallace.
49 posted on 08/30/2007 2:50:20 PM PDT by elizabetty (Was it Dolly Madison or Dolli Madison? First Ladies should not end their name with "I")
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To: Rb ver. 2.0
Have any of these early, absurd game show looking debates served any purpose, other than for the candidates to primp and strut?

This is a Fox News debate which is significantly better than the rest.

To answer your question, yes, the past debates have indeed demonstrated important differences between the candidates.

Just ask Ron Paul how his "America is to blame for 11" remark went over.
50 posted on 08/30/2007 2:52:37 PM PDT by elizabetty (Was it Dolly Madison or Dolli Madison? First Ladies should not end their name with "I")
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