Former HHS Secretary Enters 2008 Presidential Race
Former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson (R) on Sunday announced his candidacy for the 2008 presidency, the AP/Philadelphia Inquirer reports (AP/Philadelphia Inquirer, 4/2).
Thompson, who served as HHS secretary during President Bush's first term, on ABC's "This Week" said, "I'm the only [candidate] who has put together a state budget and a federal budget. And I've put together state budgets for 14 years, all of which were balanced, and all of which did not have an income tax or a sales-tax increase."
Thompson said his candidacy has potential because primary voters are not satisfied with the current contenders and their lack of "original, new ideas" (Pfeiffer, Washington Times, 4/2). Thompson also outlined ways that he would differ from Bush, including a three-step plan for the war in Iraq (Lawrence, USA Today, 4/2).
As HHS secretary, Thompson was credited for adding the prescription drug benefit to Medicare (Lewis, New York Times, 4/2).
Video of Thompson's appearance on ABC's "This Week" is available online (Stephanopoulos, "This Week," ABC, 4/1).