Thursday, July 12, 2007


ON FRED THOMPSON'S LATEST ANNOUNCEMENT: July 11, 2007 Thompson eyes August kick-off ~ Thompson is likely to launch his presidential bid in August.
"WASHINGTON (CNN) – Former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson is now likely to announce his presidential campaign in August, not mid-July as previously envisioned and will skip the Republican straw poll in Ames, Iowa, people familiar with Thompson’s thinking tell CNN. The campaign-in-waiting is still being put together, and Thompson supporters say they want to have “100 percent” of the staff in place by the time of the announcement. “Expectations are through the roof,” said one source. “We have to match those at every level. . . . We have to be more ready than any of these other guys.”
Republican presidential candidates Rudy Giuliani and John McCain both announced in June they would skip the Iowa Republican party’s presidential straw poll, scheduled for August 11. Thompson created a state-level presidential exploratory committee in Tennessee in June.
– CNN Senior Political Correspondent Candy Crowley
~ so sayeth the Mittiot, again. . .
Oh, and by the by, McCain, Giuliani and Thompson significantly trail Romney in Iowa, which is why they're skipping it (way to give a slanted report, Candy). Romney continues to be the one to beat. . . and the Hufficrats know it.


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