Report: Thompson to Take First Official ’08 Step

Updated

Fred Thompson plans to file papers on Monday that will set the initial stage of a run for president, according to MSNBC’s First Read.

Capitalizing on GOP unhappiness with the field of candidates, Thompson will file papers with the Federal Election Commission on the same day that he launches a fund-raising blitz intended to vault him into the first tier of candidates.

The Politico reports that Thompson is eyeing a July 4 kickoff, with an announcement that he has raised several million dollars and has the support of the past three Republican administrations.

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