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August 1, 2007 | Dan Morain, Times Staff Writer
Edging closer to entering the presidential race, Republican Fred Thompson announced Tuesday that he had raised $3.4 million while he "tested the waters" in June. Although the amount prompted him to crow about his support, skeptics said it fell short of expectations. Thompson, who served eight years in the U.S. Senate from Tennessee, drew on his roots by raising more than 70% of his first month's haul from Southern states, a campaign finance report filed Tuesday showed.
July 25, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
GOP presidential hopeful Fred Thompson is shaking up his still-unofficial campaign. Acting campaign manager Tom Collamore will still advise Thompson, but his political operation now will be run by former senator and Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham and a Florida GOP strategist, Randy Enright, said Thompson spokeswoman Linda Rozett.
July 20, 2007 | Michael Finnegan, Times Staff Writer
The emergence of Fred Thompson as a top contender in the Republican presidential race has sparked a clash with rival Mitt Romney over the social conservatives who are crucial to winning the GOP nomination. In his opening salvo, Romney has seized upon Thompson's work as a lobbyist who tried to lift federal restraints on abortion counseling in the early 1990s. Thompson, a former Tennessee senator, describes himself as "pro-life."
July 11, 2007 | Paul Richter and Peter Nicholas, Times Staff Writers
As President Bush struggles to maintain support in Congress for his Iraq "surge" strategy, the three leading Republican presidential contenders have been quietly backing away from any commitment to continue the buildup. Rudolph W. Giuliani, Mitt Romney and Fred Thompson have made it clear that their original support for the escalation does not mean they are signed on to keeping the current 160,000 U.S.
July 8, 2007 | Janet Hook, Times Staff Writer
Republican political activists said Saturday that reports that Fred D. Thompson had lobbied to ease a controversial abortion restriction have cast a shadow on his effort to persuade social conservatives -- a key constituency in his emerging bid for the White House -- that he is an unwavering opponent of abortion. Some Republican activists urged caution in evaluating Thompson's record.
July 7, 2007 | Michael Finnegan, Times Staff Writer
Fred D. Thompson, who is campaigning for president as an antiabortion Republican, accepted an assignment from a family-planning group to lobby the first Bush White House to ease a controversial abortion restriction, according to a 1991 document and several people familiar with the matter. A spokesman for the former Tennessee senator denied that Thompson did the lobbying work. But the minutes of a 1991 board meeting of the National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Assn.
June 15, 2007 | JOEL STEIN
TWO ENORMOUS swaths of people are likely to suffer if Fred Thompson decides to run for president: current candidates for the Republican nomination and actors on "Law & Order."
June 12, 2007 | Michael Finnegan, Times Staff Writer
Republicans antsy for a conservative standard-bearer in the presidential race have begun to rally behind Fred Thompson, propelling the former Tennessee senator to within hailing distance of the lead for the party's nomination, a new Los Angeles Times/Bloomberg Poll has found. Former New York Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani holds first place in the survey, with support from 27% of the Republicans and independents who said they plan to vote in the party's 2008 primaries.
June 9, 2007 | Joseph Menn, Times Staff Writer
Possible presidential candidate Fred D. Thompson is lending his voice to radio commercials for a company that says it fights identity thieves and that was co-founded by a man accused of taking money from consumer bank accounts without permission. The one-minute commercials are airing across the country on behalf of Tempe, Ariz.-based LifeLock Inc., which said nearly 200,000 customers pay about $10 a month for services that include placing fraud alerts on their credit files.
June 1, 2007 | Matea Gold
Fred Thompson is retiring his acting career, at least for now. The former Tennessee senator has pulled out of his gig on NBC's "Law & Order" to explore a possible GOP presidential bid, which means that the long-running procedural will be getting a new district attorney this fall. NBC executives said two weeks ago that they were anticipating his departure. But Thompson, who played crusty Dist. Atty. Arthur Branch for five seasons, broke the news officially Wednesday to series creator Dick Wolf.
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