Fox News Sunday was a bust as far as a "big announcement" was concerned...but Thompson didn't say he wasn't going to run. I suspect he'll make his decision based on the mood of the Republican party. If conservatives remain discouraged by the current prospects (which they will) --I think he'll have to run.
Senator Thompson's exact answer to Wallace's 'are you going to run' question was, "I'm giving some thought to it. Going leave the door open." (Complete transcript)
For those who are interested in Thompson, but are unaware of his voting record:
Here it is. (The transcript above should also give you some insight into his ideology)
Pro-life (has always thought the Supreme Court had no legal right to rule on Roe V. Wade)
Against gay "marriage", but believes that Civil Union should be decided on a State-by-State basis.
Supports WINNING in Iraq
Supports overhauling welfare
Supports pardoning Scooter Libby.
And, making him all the more viable in my eyes...the libs over at the Huffington Post have gone all frothy and mad at an article posted by an Air America host saying Thompson seems like a good guy. Their comments are amusing -and if the uniformed libs keep dismissing him as "just an actor"...that's even better for us...