Tommy Thompson

Former Wisconsin Governor Tommy Thompson ended his brief run for the Republican nomination in August 2007 as a result of low fundraising and a lackluster poll performance. During his campaign, Thompson touted his record in political office, which includes four terms as governor and a term as president of the Council of State Governments. He joined the Bush cabinet in 2001 as secretary of health and human services, where he helped bring major changes to Medicare and Medicaid. In the cabinet, Thompson also chaired the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. He is now chairman of the Deloitte Center for Health Solutions, a consulting firm.

Thompson refrained in his campaign from weighing in on many important foreign policy issues, including North Korea and defense policy. His statements on Iran and climate change were vague, and he said the Iraqi government should decide whether the United States continues its presence there. Since abandoning his campaign, Thompson endorsed former rival Rudy Giuliani for the Republican nomination. When Giuliani dropped out of the race in January 2008, Thompson endorsed Sen. John McCain (R-AZ).

Editor's note: Thompson dropped out of the race for the Republican nomination on August 12, 2007.