December 28, 2007


Thompson eyes 'strong showing' in Iowa (Stephen Dinan, December 28, 2007, Associated Press)

Fred Thompson is flooding this state with his best asset — himself — hoping voters are tired of the other Republican presidential candidates and willing to take a second look at his own candidacy before next week's caucuses. [...]

Iowa's first-in-the-nation presidential nominating contest is next Thursday, and the campaigns' bets are now in — and Mr. Thompson, a former Tennessee senator, has the most to gain or lose.

"We had to have a very strong showing in some of the early states so we could go to South Carolina in a competitive mode, and we decided Iowa is the best for that," said William B. Lacy, Mr. Thompson's campaign manager, who said Iowa is "just tailor-made" for the kind of barnstorming tour Mr. Thompson is conducting. He said the hope is with Mr. Huckabee and Mr. Romney "fighting it out at the top, to just slide right up through the middle."

Mr. Thompson can't afford to make no showing in an IA that Mike Huckabee wins and a NH that John McCain wins or else he's eliminated along with Mitt Romney and Rudy Giuliani before the race even gets to SC. Being the conservative alternative doesn't work with the liberals gone.

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 28, 2007 12:46 PM
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