Monday, November 20, 2006
Thompson, who will turn 65 on Sunday, spent nearly four decades in politics and government, including 14 years as governor. He resigned as HHS secretary in December 2004 shortly after Bush won a second term. His tenure at HHS was marked by anthrax attacks, a flu vaccine shortage and passage of the Medicare prescription law.
"We touched the third rail of politics and delivered on our promise to modernize Medicare with prescription drug coverage," Thompson said. During his stop in Iowa, Thompson argued that his background as a Midwest governor and HHS secretary would appeal to voters. "The three big issues in 2008 are going to be health, energy independence and the war in Iraq," he said.