Thompson tells supporters the date is September 6. He’ll go on Leno and not do the debate next week. The “time to get off TV and run in the real world” cracks are starting. As for the decision not to face the press today a rival aide had this to add: ” Fred Thompson has spent the summer with one foot in the water and now in one more anti-climatic move his campaign is announcing by paper statement? One has to wonder it it’s not just the candidate who isn’t ready for tough questions – it seems to be his staff too.” That would be the “welcome to the race, pal” comment. I’m sure the opposition communication teams are practicing their favorite barbs for the September 5 debate to explain Fred’s absence. (“Still doing NBC TV?” or “Hasn’t had time to learn his lines yet?”)
UPDATE: And yes the “real” announcement will actually be a webcast. The first GOP contender to announce on a direct to video production? Sometime thereafter, we’ll see him in front of real people and answering real questions I suppose.
UPDATE II: NH is officially annoyed.
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