Former Wisconsin governor Tommy G. Thompson (R) announced yesterday that he is running for president and is betting that he will best the Republican field's well-financed front-runners in Iowa, the neighboring state where he has been campaigning nonstop for months.
Speaking on ABC's "This Week," Thompson said he is confident he will win in January's Iowa caucus, where the first votes of the 2008 campaign will be cast, despite polls that show he remains in the low single digits.
He also showcased one of the principal themes of his campaign -- that he is a Washington outsider -- by criticizing Congress for out-of-control spending under Republican rule.
"People feel the Republicans lost their way in Washington," he said. "They believe that they're trying to spend as much money as the Democrats. And I tell people, you know, if you're going to elect a spender, you might as well elect the professionals, the Democrats, instead of the amateurs, the Republicans, and that is what's taking place."
I really don't know that much about him outside of his welfare reform efforts in Wisconsin. I'd like to find out more about his campaign, especially as he's an ex-governor and that all except one president over the last 30 years was a governor.