Thompson taps former Senate campaign manager to head up likely presidential bid

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Fred Thompson has tapped the man he credits with saving his 1994 Senate campaign to take over his likely presidential bid.

Bill Lacy, a former strategist for Ronald Reagan and the Republican National Committee, will run day-to-day operations of Thompson's committee to "test the waters" for a presidential run.

Thompson is expected to officially enter the race Labor Day week, and is showing strongly in national polls and surveys in several early primary states.

Lacy, who says he has taken a leave of absence from his current post as the director of the Dole Institute of Politics at the University of Kansas, says he's committed to Thompson "for the long haul."

Thompson is a former Tennessee senator and "Law & Order" actor.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by john cummins Location: new market on Oct 10, 2007 at 10:20 PM
    Fred who?
  • by GOPunk Location: Historic North Knoxville on Aug 28, 2007 at 11:36 PM
    Long Haul is RIGHT!!! 8 YEARs PLUS!!! TaKe No PrisoNers!!!!!!
  • by carolle Location: Colorado on Aug 28, 2007 at 05:29 PM
    Recently I listened to an interview on Air America with Lacy (?) who responded to a nasty attack on F.T. based on his former lobbying for corporations. Reply: "John Edwards likes corporations too." lacy was shot down in flames over this weak reply. I'm a GOP conservative who realizes that corporations are the ECONOMIC ENGINES that drive America. Why grovel about associating with them? Ask the enemy which corporations they'd abolish--by name--How many jobs lost, neighborhoods blighted? Lose Ford, IBM, Microsoft? Those companies mean JOBS. GOP should defend them on those grounds alone. Carolle


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