Thompson Joins Race for 2008

Claims he's the only real conservative in the GOP field
By Colleen Barry,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 2, 2007 6:18 AM CDT

(Newser) – Former governor and Bush cabinet member Tommy Thompson announced  for president yesterday, staking a claim to the territory to the right of the other GOP contenders. "I am the reliable conservative, my record shows that,"  said the one-time secretary of Health and Human Services and four-term governor of Wisconsin.

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Thompson said he supports staying the Bush course in Iraq, committing to keep U.S. troops there as long as the Iraqi government wants them. And he envisions  a system there like the U.S.'s, allowing the country's 18 territories to elect local administrators and send representatives to the federal government. (Read more Iraq stories.)

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