"I'm not particularly interested in running for president," Thompson said, but rather he feels called to serve his country.
"I don't know if you have a desire to be president," Burlington attorney Todd Chelf told Thompson during a question-and-answer session raising an issue that has dogged his campaign.
"I am not consumed by personal ambition," Thompson responded. "I'm offering myself up."
Given the volatile state of the world, the actor and former Tennessee senator said he was not "sure it is a good thing if a president has too much fire in his belly."
"I'm only consumed by a few things and politics is not one of them," he said.
Chelf said after the event that it was "almost refreshing to hear that approach."
"I think there is a passion there," he said. "I think its sort of a Southern gentleman passion."
Thompson also had stops scheduled today in Washington, Williamsburg, Montezuma, and Newton.
I have no doubts that Fred is a nice guy with good traditional southern values who got lucky enough to get name recognition from being a TV star. But I also have no doubt that he is not presidential material. Maybe he will get an acting role as a president some day, and he'll do a great job of that!
I'm being bashed by Fred Heads. They've linked me to one of their blog sites (which I won't show here) Whatever! Their candidate, nice guy that he is, is being denigrated by the actions of his followers. I wish Thompson had been more aggressive as a campaigner, for I once was a Thompson supporter and turned away from him because of his 'walk in the park' method of campaigning. I really don't think he has the energy or drive to hold the highest public office in our nation.