The second big rumor on caucus day comes from the Republicans with Politico noting that Fred Thompson may drop out of the race and support John McCain if he has a poor showing in the Iowa caucus.
Thompson’s campaign, which last spring and summer was generating fevered anticipation in the media and with some Republican activists, has never ignited nationally, and there are no signs of a late spark happening here in Iowa, where even a third-place finish is far from assured.
Thompson has been experiencing a fundraising drought, and shown little interest in campaigning of late. But, Fred Thompson is apparently determined to stay in the race. IowaPolitics.com reports:
Fred Thompson said in an in-studio interview with KCCI-TV in Des Moines that there is no truth to rumors that his campaign will fold before New Hampshire if he doesn’t have a strong showing in Iowa.
“That is absolutely made up out of whole cloth,” said the former U.S. Senator from Tennessee.
Thompson said a rival campaign was likely the source of that rumor.
“Can you imagine such a thing in politics?” he asked.
Thompson said his campaign is seeing a “surge” in interest right now, and said he has visited 50 communities in the Hawkeye State in the last couple weeks.
“I’m not going to play into any scenario that’s not totally optimistic,” he said.
Ed Morrisey has more on Captain’s Quaters and Andrew Sullivan said, if true it would be dreadful news for Romney. Michael van der Galien has more. Thompson in my opinion has run a rather strange non campaign. I’ll be surprised to see him stay in for too long if he fares poorly in Iowa and New Hampshire.