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Former senator and actor Fred Thompson has vaulted into the top tier of presidential contenders without any executive experience

By Matthew Continetti   September 2007

Visitors to the website of former Tennessee Republican senator Fred Thompson—www.imwithfred.com—learn that, earlier this year, Thompson “embarked on what he calls a ‘dialogue’ with the American people.” The purpose of this dialogue, the website continues, was to “determine whether there was a desire among American voters for him to enter [the] Republican presidential race.”

It is clear Thompson found what he was looking for: many Republican primary voters have voiced their support in polls for his still non-official candidacy (he plans to announce in September). In national Republican primary polls this summer, Thompson has consistently come second behind Rudy Giuliani.…

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