Monday, July 30, 2007

More on Thompson in Possible Trouble

From Politico on his money raising troubles:
Fred Thompson plans to announce Tuesday that his committee to test the waters
for a Republican presidential campaign raised slightly more than $3 million in
June, substantially less than some backers had hoped, according to Republican
sources. But many Republicans have turned queasy as Thompson has ousted part of
his original brain trust and repeatedly delayed his official announcement, which
is now planned for shortly after Labor Day, in the first two weeks of September.
Some are already saying a prospective Thompson run is a flop. “I just don’t see
it anymore,” said a key Republican who had been extremely enthusiastic about a
Thompson candidacy. "That number is really underwhelming. There were
indications it could be double that. They've been saying that people were
waiting for Fred, and the money was going to pour in. He looks like he's already
losing momentum."

Official word from the campaign is that this is a solid achievement for a "testing the waters" only mode---i.e. he's not fully decided yet, which seems unlikely to me.

Meanwhile, news on the Giuliani front is that his campaign machinery is starting to finally click. With Romney putting so much into Iowa and New Hampshire, I think Fred may be smart to go for a VP Run with Giuliani. I just don't think Thompson has the follow-through to run the campaign the way it will need to be done. But we'll see.

Giuliani-Thompson looks like the strongest GOP Ticket in my mind.


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