Thompson, The Non-Candidate, Gets Effusive Capitol Hill Welcome

Washington (AP) -- House Republicans who met with Fred Thompson Wednesday gushed over the prospects of his Presidential candidacy.

The former Tennessee Senator and actor is still weighing whether to run for the GOP Presidential nomination.

They called him Presidential, a leader, a proven conservative, an exciting prospect and "a breath of fresh air."

Thompson said he met with the group to make some new friends and tell them what was on his mind.

But he shook his head no when asked if he had a timeline for deciding whether to run for President.

Some 50 house Republicans attended the private meeting arranged by Representative Zach Wamp, a Tennessee Republican leading a Draft-Thompson campaign.

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