Candidate Says U.S. Must Return To Basics. Republican presidential candidate and former U.S. Sen. Fred Thompson said Thursday that he's ready to work hard in Iowa to make up for lost time.
Thompson was in Des Moines a day after announcing his White House run.
He said he still has enough time to get out his message.
"The preliminaries are over, the game is beginning as far as I'm concerned and I'm looking forward to it," he said.
He said he skipped the debates in an effort to reach more people.