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Fred Thompson wears Gucci loafers to campaign at Iowa State Fair
David Edwards and Muriel Kane
Published: Monday August 20, 2007

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CNN reported on Friday that presidential non-candidate Fred Thompson "is making it very clear that he is in fact running" and that his appearance at the Iowa State Fair sends a "critical signal." Thompson told CNN correspondent John King, "We're going to be getting in if we get in."

According to CNN, Thompson is wooing the conservative wing of the Republican Party, and much depends on whether he can convince them "that a President Thompson would not only push for a Constitutional amendment banning gay marriage but also press aggressively to overturn the Supreme Court's landmark Roe v. Wade abortion rights decision."

On Sunday, however, Fox News hosts were laughing about Thompson's appearing at the Iowa Fair in Gucci loafers. Fox's Ellen Ratner said, "It's kind of like when Howard Dean's wife came and looked like crunchy granola. You don't go to Iowa, or any place else in the country, unless you're going to Rodeo Drive in Hollywood, and wear Gucci shoes. It's just not a smart idea."

The Gucci loafer incident has already given rise to a tempest in the blogs. Ryan Sager, blogging at the New York Sun, has discovered that when Thompson ran for the Senate in 1994, his opponent described him as a "Gucci-wearing, Lincoln-driving, Perrier-drinking, Grey Poupon-spreading millionaire Washington special-interest lobbyist." Pajamas Media, on the other hand, has raised doubts about the story, pointing out that the loafers do not come in larger than a size 12 and Thompson wears a 13.

The following video clips are from CNN's Situation Room and Fox's Fox & Friends, broadcast on August 17 and 19.