Fred Thompson

Former Sen. Fred Thompson, who is considering a run for the Republican presidential nomination, announced today he’s in remission from lymphoma.

Thompson was diagnosed with indolent lymphoma about two-and-a-half years ago, but he told Fox News the cancer is treatable.

“I have had no illness from it, or even any symptoms,” he said. “My life expectancy should not be affected. I am in remission, and it is very treatable with drugs if treatment is needed in the future – and with no debilitating side effects.”

Thompson, 64, plays district attorney Arthur Branch on the NBC drama “Law and Order.”

As WND reported, talk of a possible Thompson presidential candidacy has excited the Republican base, and several movements to draft him are under way.

The best-known was formed by two prominent members of the Tennessee congressional delegation – Reps. Zach Wamp and John J. Duncan, Jr. – who will serve as co-chairmen of the “Draft Fred Thompson 2008” committee.

Thompson’s political consultant wife, Jeri Kehn, is reportedly urging the former senator to announce for the GOP nomination this summer.

Two weeks ago, remarks by Focus on the Family founder James Dobson about a potential White House run by Thompson stirred controversy.

Dobson said a U.S. News and World Report story mischaracterized his remarks to the magazine as disparaging of Thompson and his Christian faith.

Reporter Dan Gilgoff quoted Dobson saying of Thompson, “Everyone knows he’s conservative and has come out strongly for the things that the pro-family movement stands for, [but] I don’t think he’s a Christian; at least that’s my impression.”

In the U.S. News story, Dobson added, according to Gilgoff, that such an impression would make it difficult for Thompson to connect with the Republican Party’s conservative Christian base and win the GOP nomination.

In a statement, Focus on the Family said Dobson did not mean to disparage Thompson.

“His words weren’t intended to represent either an endorsement of former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich or a disparagement of former Sen. Fred Thompson,” the statement said. “Dr. Dobson appreciates Sen. Thompson’s solid, pro-family voting record and his position that Roe v. Wade was wrongly decided.”

Dobson, according to Focus on the Family, was “attempting to highlight that to the best of his knowledge, Sen. Thompson hadn’t clearly communicated his religious faith, and many evangelical Christians might find this a barrier to supporting him.”

Dobson told Gilgoff he had never met Thompson and wasn’t certain that his understanding of the former senator’s religious convictions was accurate.


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