U.S. former Republican Senator and veteran actor Fred Thompson launched his bid for presidency on Wednesday.
The long-waited announcement came shortly before another round of TV debate of Republican runners for the 2008 presidential election, where Thompson, himself, will be absent.
When he was filming a program for the NBC's "Tonight Show," the 65-year-old actor-turned politician said that he would "run for the president of the United States."
Rather than appearing with the other eight Republican presidential candidates in the TV debate aired by Fox News, Thompson chose to make a debut in a more Hollywood style.
He is scheduled to show a 30-second ad on Fox News to catch voters' eyeballs on his bid for the White House and set a 15-minute Webcast to air at midnight, when his program is shown on the "Tonight Show."
"On the next president's watch, our country will make decisions that will affect our lives and our families far into the future," he said in the ad,"we can't allow ourselves to become a weaker, less prosperous and more divided nation."
Before stepping into the political arena, Thompson became popular through his performance in the TV series "Law & Order" and many other movies.
After many years of experience as a lawyer and a lobbyist in Washington, he built a reputation as a reliable vote from his 1994-2002 Senate tenure.
About eight months after Republican candidates started competition for the top post, Thompson finally went through the drought of lackluster fund and staff change, and joined in the race, although some of his rivals have already taken upper hand in terms of money and campaign organization.
In the Republican camp, Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani and Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney currently ranked top in polls.