Thompson Tells Leno: I'm Running
September 5, 2007 at 5:47 PM (PT)
Actor, radio commentator, and former U.S. Senator FRED THOMPSON is making it official TONIGHT, telling JAY LENO on "THE TONIGHT SHOW" that he is running for the Republican nomination for President.
THOMPSON, who has been delaying the official announcement while the other candidates duke it out (including at tonight's debate, on which THOMPSON, who has been offering commentary for ABC NEWS RADIO, has bought an ad but in which he will not directly participate), will formally declare his candidacy on a webcast scheduled for 12:01a (ET) tonight but told LENO he is running and discussed his positions on the war, warning that had the war not been entered, IRAN would have launched "a nuclear competition in that part of the world, sitting on top of those oil reserves" and said that prematurely pulling out of IRAQ would "be perceived the wrong way by our enemies and friends alike."