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Thompson Still Coy on Entering U.S. Race

Friday, 17 August 2007 12:00 AM

DES MOINES, Iowa -- Possible U.S. presidential contender Fred Thompson made his first foray into the early voting state of Iowa on Friday, courting supporters with folksy sayings but playing coy about whether he would enter the race.

"I think the American people are going to give us a shot," said Thompson, a Hollywood actor and former Tennessee senator seen as a strong potential contender for the Republican nomination to run for president in the November 2008 election.

"I think they're going to open the door and open their hearts and their minds to what we have to say and who we are," he added, rejecting suggestions he had waited too late in the process to be able to catch up with his competitors.

Thompson took a formal step toward seeking the presidency in early June, establishing a committee that allowed him to hire staff and raise some funds while testing the waters to decide whether to formally enter the race.

His presidential campaign-in-waiting has dragged on longer than expected, even as his standing in opinion polls remains competitive with Republican front-runners Rudy Giuliani, a former New York mayor, and Mitt Romney, a former Massachusetts governor.

Thompson told Iowa voters he did not believe the United States had come to grips with the threat of extremist Islam and he said he was concerned about overspending and the national debt.

But he remained coy about tossing his hat into the ring.

"If things play out the way I've got in mind," Thompson said, "we'll be seeing a lot more of each other."

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