Fred Thompson Joins Presidential Race; Egland Joins House Race
UPDATE: Miedim sends Fred Thompson’s announcement on the Tonight Show:
Veteran Hollywood actor and ex-US Senator Fred Thompson has declared he will seek the Republican nomination for the 2008 presidential election. “I’m running for president of the United States,” he said in a taped appearance on a popular chat show, to be aired later on Wednesday.
He joins eight declared Republican candidates, led by frontrunners Rudy Giuliani and Mitt Romney.
The eight are due to take part in a 90-minute televised debate shortly.
The debate on the Fox News network comes as campaigning for the November 2008 election is expected to gather pace in the coming months.
The primary season, in which the parties in each state nominate their chosen candidate to run for president, will get under way in January.
HotAir has a Fred Thompson roundup.
STACLU has more on the announcement.
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War Veteran Eric Egland Announces Candidacy for Fourth Congressional District
Eric Egland announced his candidacy for the Fourth Congressional District of California. The 37-year-old counter-terrorism consultant and military intelligence officer served in Iraq and Afghanistan and is running to replace Representative Doolittle at a time when approval for Congress is at an all-time low. As the Fourth Congressional District’s representative, Egland pledges to lead with the same passion, moral convictions and conservative principles that guided him while serving alongside American forces in the field, and as their advocate in Washington.
“This is my home, and I care deeply about the people of this district. The issues they care about also affect my family. But change is needed, here and in Washington. I have seen first hand how failures in congressional ethics and leadership have corrupted our government and made our troops, our economy, and our nation more vulnerable. Now is the time to elect representatives who will practice real fiscal discipline and who have the real world experience to provide steady leadership on issues like Iraq and the struggle against radical extremism,” said Egland.