Fred Thompson Almost Announces That He'll Announce

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Whispers Editor Paul Bedard reports today that former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson has decided to toss his hat in the ring and run for the Republican nomination for president and will make the first formal moves next week, which will allow him to begin raising money.

But contrary to a report by the Politico, Bedard says, Thompson will not officially declare on July 4, when many people are away and not paying attention to politics, but at some more strategically sound time near that date.

Read Bedard's item here.