Mike Allen of the Politico has reported that former Tennessee Senator Fred Thompson “is on track to be ready to announce his candidacy in June or July”. Thompson and advisers have been drawing up plans to run a campaign based on technology and his celebrity status.
Advisers say “Thompson … is researching ways to use technology — including the Web, videoconferences and teleconferences — to harness the enthusiasm for his candidacy among grass-roots bloggers and activists. The campaign also would rely on large events.”
A Thompson entrance would certainly shake up the Republican field. Already, Thompson comes in third in most Republican primary polls, placing him ahead of Mitt Romney, who has spent over $10 million. With his appeal to social conservatives and the apathy among Republican voters, Thompson has an entryway. He is also well-known to fans of “Law and Order”, playing District Attorney Arthur Branch.
However, just as the top-tier Republican candidates have “evolved” on social issues, Thompson has as well. In his 1994 Senate run, Thompson was described as a supporter of abortion rights, a label that has since then changed. In an interview with Fox, Thompson called himself “pro-life” and criticized Roe v. Wade.