Posted: June 27, 2007 4:51 PM
Fred Thompson Pulls Ahead of Giuliani in Nevada Poll
Former Sen. Fred Thompson, R-Tenn., polled ahead of former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani in a Nevada this week, the Associated Press reported on Monday.
“He’s going to get a huge burst of publicity. He’ll probably go to first in the polls for a while, but I think it’s going to be hard to put a campaign in place to sustain it,” an adviser to Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., told Reuters about Thompson’s poll jump, as reported in the New York Times.
Some within the campaign also acknowledge the newly minted candidacy has yet to face intense media scrutiny. Thompson made more than a million dollars lobbying, and campaign advisers expect to hear criticism over some of those activities.
Although he would not give the Associated Press a specific date on an official candidacy announcement, Thompson said he had a general one in mind, and “You’re either running or not running. I think the steps we’re taking are pretty obvious.”
Thompson held his first fundraiser in Nashville this Tuesday and then was scheduled to visit South Carolina and New Hampshire, Reuters reported.
But as his campaign swung into action, he received endorsements from some unlikely places this week. The Times of London ran an article in which former Thompson girlfriends endorsed his candidacy.
But not everyone is hailing the arrival of the “Law and Order” star. The Democratic National Committee is planning a pre-emptive campaign against Thompson and they had already sent out fundraising e-mail calling him “the inside-outsider,” according to a Politico article.