On September 6, 2007, Fred Thompson will be announcing his intention to run for President of the United States with a webcast available to millions at www.imwithfred.com. The launch of the video will be followed by a five-day campaign tour through Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina. On the evening of the 6th, there will also be a National House Party, during which there will be a conference call with Fred.
We enter this campaign in a strong position. 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. The next few weeks will only serve to build upon those efforts, with house parties, visits to the early primary states, and a homecoming in Lawrenceburg, TN on the 15th. To view the dates and locations of Fred's bus tour, please click here, and check back soon for more information on attending one of these events.
By announcing via webcast, Fred is able to take his consistently mainstream conservative message directly to the voters, who are already responding to that message with a strong upwelling of grassroots support. The webcast and the following campaign tour will play to Fred’s strengths, a consistent record of conservatism, his ability to clearly spread his message, and his ability to work with and connect with Americans from all walks of life. Be apart of this historic occasion by signing up to host or attend a house party today.
Manager, Friends of Fred Thompson, Inc.
Google-ing after reading the e-mail has led me to learn the "professional" bloggers have known this since this afternoon. Reaction is mixed which I think is deserved. It's sort of a non-event.
And I'm actually a bit disappointed. Last night I started thinking that if he didn't announce soon, it was going to serious cast doubt on how much I wanted to continue supporting him. ("Show people you are serious, already!") So, with regard to that, the fact he's finally going to be an official candidate: "Wahoo!" and "about time!".
I don't like the timing he chose though. At all.
There is a (Chris Wallace hosted, none-the-less) Republican Debate scheduled for the 5th. Rumors/announcements were even made that Thompson would attend it. Now he's apparently ducking it though. Why not announce Labor day and ride the announcement into the debate? Thompson's still my #1 hope for '08. It just feels a little weak is all.
(Also debate-related and disappointing, the Republican CNN/YouTube debate has been pushed back to November.)
This means once Thompson announces we'll have to wait three whole weeks to actually seem him engage other candidates in a debate. Annoying. Disappointing. And I certainly hope Fred shows up on the 27th and absolutely dazzles them. As a supporter, I'm expecting big things from an extra three weeks of prep time. Please Fred, don't disappoint!.
It dawns on me that September 6th is an even worse day to announce that I even initially realized. The Thompson campaign wants people to have house parties on the 6th from 7:30 - 9:00PM on the 6th. Your average American Joe is decidedly not available then as the NFL regular season kicks off at 8:30PM.
Fred - I'm pulling for you. I really am. But announcing a day after a Republican debate people claimed you'd attend and on the night of the kick off of the NFL season? Com'on!