Thompson Declares Candidacy, Joining G.O.P. Field - New York Times
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson on Sunday joined the crowded field of Republicans running for the White House in 2008 and proclaimed himself the ''reliable conservative'' in the race. ''Things are starting to coalesce and I feel very, very optimistic about my future,'' Thompson said Sunday, despite his single-digit polling.''I am the reliable conservative. My record shows that. All that people have to do is look at my record, and I am one individual that they can count on,'' Thompson said.