That’s the likely Fred date. Allows him to skip first debate –for which he’ll get lambasted in NH — and possibly delay until January making financial disclosures. Here’s how that works: If he becomes a candidate September 6 and files his FEC form declaring his candidacy 15 days later on September 21, he can file his “Statement of Organization” 10 days after that on October 1 which would take him into the 4th Quarter. He may then argue that since his Statement of Organization wasn’t filed until the 4th Quarter, no report would be due until January 31, 2008. This will take him past New Hampshire, Iowa, South Carolina, Nevada, Florida, Wyoming and Michigan. Inside the Beltway types may make hay out of all the skipping and dodging but the real test is how he sounds, what he says and what kind of organization he puts together.
UPDATE: Rather than a media conference call there may just be a statement later today. Not a sign of great confidence in the campaign’s ability to field tough questions, like about his non-appearance next week at the NH debate, but given new communications director Todd Harris has been there less than a day, understandable.
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