Fred Thompson is either (a) very, very crafty in running a kind of anti-campaign campaign, i.e. standout by not standing out; or (b) he’s waiting to be drafted into a presidential race that he’s already in.
CNN reports that Fred Thompson told a voter today in Iowa that he’s “not particularly interested in running for president.”
“But I think I’d make a good president,” Thompson continued. “I have the background, capability, and concern to do this and I’m doing it for the right reasons.”
Thompson is in the midst of a bus tour throughout the state that is meant to shore up his support. But it so far seems to have been upstaged by the Huckabee-Romney race for the top spot and an insurgent John McCain.
But Thompson’s expectations are now so low — compare it to his poll position last summer — that a third place finish would be considered somewhat of a victory.
Update: Via National Review, here’s the full transcript of what Thompson said.
And Thompson also said, “Nowadays, the process has become much more important than I think it used to be.
“I don’t know if they ever asked George Washington a question like this. I don’t know if they ever asked Dwight D. Eisenhower a question like this. Nowadays it’s all about fire in the belly. I’m not sure that in the world we live in today, it’s a terribly good thing for a president to have too much fire in his belly.
“I approach life differently than a lot of people. People, I guess, are wondering how I’ve been as successful as I’ve been in everything I’ve done. I’ve won two races in Tennessee by twenty points in a state Bill Clinton carried twice. I had never run for office before. I’ve never had an acting lesson, and I guess that’s obvious. (laughter). When I did it, I did it. It wasn’t just a lark. Anything worth doing is worth doing well. I’ve always been a little more laid back than most. I like to say I’m only consumed by very few things, and politics is not one of them. The welfare of my country, and my kids and grandkids, growing up, is one of them.” (applause)