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Oh-eight (R): Did Fred wait too long?

GIULIANI: Newsday reports that Giuliani will help read aloud the names of the 9/11 victims at this year's memorial anniversary.

HUCKABEE: The former Arkansas governor says Thompson "will have trouble meeting expectations about his candidacy." Said Huckabee: "' … I think he's going to suck a lot of the oxygen out of the room when he first comes in. But I'm not sure I'd want to be in his position where the expectations are simply just sky-high for him to be able to perform.'"

THOMPSON: The Politico writes, "With his summer-long windup to a presidential campaign finally nearing an end, actor-politician Fred Thompson defended his late entry into the race and said the continued interest in him is a reflection of Republican dissatisfaction with the rest of the field. But, in a Politico interview, Thompson also served notice that at least one measure of political strength -- fundraising -- is likely to look a bit wan when the next disclosure reports are released, reflecting a sluggish summer."

More: "Thompson's plunge into the race, which aides once indicated would happen around the Fourth of July and is now planned for after Labor Day, comes amid increasingly public hand-wringing by supporters over whether he has waited too long to capitalize on the surge of interest that accompanied reports of a potential candidacy more than five months ago."

The New York Times: "On a visit to Minnesota yesterday, Mr. Thompson, who has not formally declared his candidacy, signaled that an announcement would happen soon. 'I'll have a statement to make on that in the near future,' he said. 'It's not part of a campaign strategy or being cute or anything like that. We've been working hard for a long time. We've been doing in a few months what others have taken years to do, in some cases.'"

As we mentioned yesterday, another staffer left the soon-to-be campaign: communications director Linda Rozett.

On Rozett's departure, Thompson said, "I don't know what the story is. I don't know what to say about it except that she's a wonderful lady."

Can the answer to all his problems be that old red pick-up truck?