Thompson Tells Leno He'd Like Nation's Top Job

Los Angeles (AP) -- Fred Thompson sounds like he's close to jumping into the 2008 Presidential race.

The actor and former Tennessee Senator appeared on the "Tonight Show," telling Jay Leno he's never "craved" the job but he wants "to do some things that only a President can do." And he made a point to mention the web site for his political committee. He also griped about campaigns he says are "entirely too long."

Thompson has formed an exploratory committee and is expected to join the GOP race this summer.

Thompson is best known for playing a prosecutor on NBC's "Law and Order." He quipped that after eight years in the Senate, he "longed for the realism and sincerity of Hollywood."

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