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Fantasy candidate Thompson jumps into the GOP clown car

Finally, presidential semi-wannabe, former Tennesee senator and Law & Order actor Fred Thompson has hailed the GOP clown car to pick him up. The man hailed by the Freeper set as the next Ronald Reagan is going to announce his bid via webcast next week.

“I believe that there are millions of Americans who know that our security and prosperity are at risk if we don't address the challenges of our time,” Thompson said in a statement.  The formal announcement will come in a webcast on September 6, followed by a tour of Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina. A second leg will hit Florida and wind up at home in Lawrenceburg, Tennessee, on September 15.  “We enter this campaign in a strong position,” said campaign manager Bill Lacy. “Fred is consistently near the top in the polls, and conservatives across the country have put together the closest thing to a draft in recent presidential campaign history in an effort to bring about this day.”  But Thompson's long-delayed formal entry had made some supporters anxious and sparked complaints he was violating Federal Election Commission laws by running a shadow campaign.

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