Thompson to Enter '08 Race

Actor and ex-senator has GOP royalty in his camp, frontrunners in his sights
By Dustin Lushing,  Newser Staff
Posted May 30, 2007 3:25 PM CDT

Fred Thompson will enter the 2008 presidential race in early July, the Politico reports, bolstered by millions of dollars in contributions and the support of key Republican insiders. The "Law & Order" star and former Tennessee senator, a hard-line conservative, will pitch himself as a steady, consistent presence who can bring his disaffected party together.

Thompson will formally declare in Nashville around Fourth of July. He plans to make some appearances accompanied by his iconic red pickup truck—a folksy symbol that belies the craftiness of waiting until after his opponents' second-quarter financials are complete to start fundraising. Polls have showed Thompson tied with Mitt Romney in third place, behind John McCain and Rudy Giuliani. (More Fred Thompson stories.)

Get the news faster.
Tap to install our app.
Install the Newser News app
in two easy steps:
1. Tap in your navigation bar.
2. Tap to Add to Home Screen.