070613_thompson_hmed_130ah2_2Fred Thompson will announce via webcast that he’s running for president on Sept. 6, after a protracted period of testing the waters for a run.

A spokeswoman for NBC’s "Tonight Show with Jay Leno" says that they are trying to finalize plans for Thompson to appear on the show the night before on Wednesday, where he will apparently "tease" his plans. Thompson would be following the footsteps of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in using the Leno show as a platform for announcing a political campaign.

The "Law & Order" star will tour Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Florida, according to the website The Politico.

Thompson told supporters this afternoon that he will get in the race. One worry, however, is whether a "Tonight Show" appearance will steal some of the thunder from a GOP presidential debate in New Hampshire on the same night.

According to the Politico, Thompson’s political director Randy Enwright told supporters, “The announcement and the campaign are being built around the senator’s strengths, his consistent mainstream conservatism, his ability to powerfully deliver his message, and of course his strong grassroots support, which you all are a very shining example of."

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