Fred Thompson May Announce Presidential Campaign Next Tuesday

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jun 25, 2007   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
June 25
, 2007

Washington, DC ( — Fred Thompson may announce his campaign for the Republican nomination for president as early as next Tuesday and reports indicate the former Tennessee senator may select Nashville as the site of his campaign headquarters. Thompson may announce tomorrow from the steps of the Fall School Building.

WSMV in Nashville reports that a knowledgeable source says the Thompson campaign has leased the historic building to house a national campaign headquarters.

It houses the state’s oldest school and also has office space.

"Everything’s in place for Tuesday," the source told WSMV. "There are three major events built around his announcement."

However, Bob Davis, the Tennessee Republican Party chair and Thompson’s former chief of staff indicated there is no plan for an official announcement.

Earlier this month, sent a video message to the 1,200 attendees at the National Right to Life convention and said he opposed both abortion and embryonic stem cell research.

The video showed the former Tennessee senator with his wife and two young children and he told pro-life advocates that his family helps him appreciate pro-life values.

“When I was in the Senate a lot of people would come to see me and it usually would have to do with business matters or financial matters," Thompson said. "When you came to see me, I always knew it was about something much more important than that, the most important thing of all in this World and that is life."

"I must say that those issues are even more profound to me as the years go by. Jeri and I have truly been blessed," the well-known actor added.

Thompson said he has been pro-life at least since he first ran for the Senate in 1994 and received National Right to Life’s endorsement and that he’s been with the pro-life movement ever since.

"On abortion related votes I’ve been 100 percent," Thompson explained saying he’s voted against federal funding for abortion, Roe v. Wade and partial-birth abortion — a procedure he called "infanticide."

The potential presidential candidate also spoke extensively on the issue of embryonic stem cell research for the first time since the buzz built up about the possibility of him running.

His comments put him in line with the pro-life movement at a time when other candidates who oppose abortion, like John McCain or Tommy Thompson, favor the destructive science.

"On stem cell research, I’m for adult stem cell research not stem cell research where embryos of unborn children are destroyed. It looks to me like there is a lot of promising developments as far as adult stem cell research is concerned anyway and we don’t need to go down that other road," Thompson said.