testing the waters Iowa
Fred Thompson was in Iowa - he
walks like a Presidential Candidate, he looks like a candidate,
all we are waiting for is to be pronounced a candidate.
Former U.S. Sen. Fred Thompson was at the Iowa State Fair
on Friday, working the crowd like a candidate for President,
even though no official word has declared him a runner. Thompson
mingled with the Iowa State Fair folks, shook hands, saw the
fair's biggest bull and made jokes about pork, but the hundreds
waiting on a word from the former Law & Order actor that
he will run for a President in 2008 went home disappointed.
The closest he ever got to announcing
his candidacy for President was when Thompson told a few hundred
supporters at the Fair's soapbox: "If things play out the way
I've got in mind, we'll be seeing a lot more of each other, keep
your powder dry."
During his visit in at the State Fair in
Friday, Fred Thompson met Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley, who is
yet to endorse a candidate. Both politicians spent some time
strolling the fair and shaking hands with the people, but
Thompson was quick to leave Des Moines without confirming or
denying if he will run for President.
Criticism for a possible late entry in
the race, meanwhile, is mounting. It's true that almost everyone
knows Fred Thompson from his acting career on the NBC's Law &
Order, but people do want to hear where a candidate stands
on the major issues, and so far all we know is that Fred
Thompson is pro-guns and pro-life. And with the Iowa caucus date
closing on the GOP candidates, Thompson has little time to
prepare, while the rest of the candidates are working their
grassroots campaigns in every county of the state.
The oddsmakers, however, are by no means
worried about Thomson's late entry. Fred Thompson still has the
whopping odds of 2/1 to be chosen as the Republican Candidate
for the 2008 US Presidential Election, as posted by the online
Bodog Sports. The only
Republican doing better than Fred Thompson is Rudy Giuliani,
listed at 11/10. With odds like these, a "Giuliani-Thompson"
presidential duo would bring plenty of grief to the opposing
Here are the top four candidates by odds on
the 2008 Presidential Elections:
Hillary Clinton - 2/1
Barack Obama - 9/2
Rudy Giuliani - 5/1
Fred Thompson - 6/1
These odds reflect quite accurate the public
opinion and a race between " Clinton-Obama" and
"Giuliani-Thompson" seems quite probable, if the two Democrats
are able to work out their differences.
Published on 08/18/2007