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Tommy Thompson
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Candidate status: Dropped out of the race August 12, 2007.
Filed statement of candidacy with FEC on January 11, 2007

Current job: Attorney and head of a health care think tank

Birth date: November 19, 1941; Elroy, Wisconsin

Family: Married Sue Ann Thompson; three children

Religion: Catholic

Education: University of Wisconsin - Madison, B.A., 1963; J.D., 1966

Campaign Web site: www.tommy2008.com
IN MILLIONS OF DOLLARS
Follow the money: Democrats | Republicans
Polls
Registered Republicans' choice for nominee in 2008:
Giuliani
24%
Huckabee
22%
Romney
16%
McCain
13%
Thompson
10%
Paul
6%
Hunter
2%
Tancredo
1%
Sampling error: +/-5 percentage points. Based on interviews with 379 registered Republicans. The CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll was conducted September 7-9, 2007.
Supporters
Some supporters, who may have also contributed to other candidates, include:
Darshan Dhaliwal, owner of Bulk Petroleum, which owns hundreds of U.S. gas stations
Pledged to raise $1 million for Thompson's campaign
Gerald Doyle, attorney who famously represented Jeffrey Dahmer
Donated $2,000
Aaron Stecker, running back for NFL's New Orleans Saints
Gave $2,300
Kristine Coryell, lobbyist for Pfizer
Donated $2,300
A. Scott Whitaker, former DHS chief-of-staff
Gave $2,300
* Money figures are according to FEC
Advisers
Some of the top and notable advisers, according to the campaigns and/or media reports.
Darrin Schmitz, political director
Former head of Wisconsin GOP and George W. Bush's 2000 presidential campaign in Wisconsin; Gov. Thompson's press secretary.
Tony Jewell, adviser
Deputy assistant secretary at Department of Health and Human Services, press secretary to then-Gov. Thompson.
Steve Grubbs, Iowa adviser
Former Iowa state representative and chair of the Republican Party of Iowa.
Chad Olsen, Iowa campaign manager
Managed Iowa Republican Steve Sukup's 2002 gubernatorial campaign, Iowa political director for Steve Forbes' 2000 presidential campaign.
Bill Dix, Iowa general chairman
Served 10 years in Iowa's House of Representatives and served as chairman of House Appropriations Committee.
Philip Prange, finance director
President of Wisconsin-based investment firm, GOP consultant and fundraiser.
Thompson on the Issues
Abortion
Opposes abortion rights. As governor, signed law banning procedure opponents call "partial birth" abortion.
Immigration
Says that the nation's immigration policies should not reward law-breakers. Has previously said he supports providing a path to citizenship for some illegal immigrants only if they do not have a criminal record, pay any back-taxes and penalties, learn English, and have lived in the U.S. for a certain length of time.
Iraq
Supports Bush veto of congressional troop withdrawal plan. Proposes dividing Kurds, Sunnis and Shiites into three separate states under national rule and awarding Iraqi citizens with royalties from local oil production. Says the Iraqi government should vote on whether U.S. presence is wanted in Iraq, and that the U.S. should withdraw troops if the answer is no.
Same-sex marriage
Opposes same-sex marriage, but says definition of marriage should be decided by states.
Taxes
Supports making 2001 and 2003 Bush tax cuts permanent.
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