[Financial Times] - Then in November of Rudy Giuliani was ahead in the polls by double digits; Fred Thompson was a close second; and the campaign of John McCain had spectacularly imploded. Yet within three months Senator McCain was romping home to the nomination.
[The Guardian] - It should be said, however, that this strategy did not work in for Mike Huckabee, who won Iowa but then fizzled (though it was close and only Fred Thompson playing spoiler in South Carolina upended the plan). Perry is in trouble.
2 Nov Mr Thompson had various film roles and starred in the TV series Law & Order. As a lawyer, he served as chief Republican counsel to the Senate Watergate Committee that investigated President Richard Nixon. The former senator - his last term ended in was known for his straight-talking style and booming voice.