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A Fred Thomson aidÂ has all butÂ announced thatÂ Thompson will enter the race, which will change the demographics significantly. I doubt he’ll steal many Ron Paul or Tancredo supporters, but he will pull support from Giuliani, McCain and Romney.
Thompson will run as a “mainstream conservative,” which itself is misleading, since he is a neocon. He is a “fellow” at the American Enterprise Institute, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and, while in the Senate, had a lackluster voting record on immigration. He also is member of that suicide pact known as “nothing is wrong with unbridled free trade,” and he supports affirmative action.
Regardless, he’s a smart choice for the neocons. He’s just socially conservative enough and just tough enough on the borders to attract many movement conservatives.