A former governor and member of President Bush's cabinet will explore a presidential run at the beginning of next year, the Des Moines Register reported Wednesday.
Former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson, who was the Health and Human Services Secretary during Bush's first term, was in Des Moines to give a speech about health care.
The last time Thompson visited New Hampshire was in 2004 during Bush's re-election campaign.
In 2006, Thompson was rumored to be a candidate for governor again or to possible seek a US Senate seat.
Asked by a reporter if he was running for president, Thompson said, "Why not? Iím from the Midwest. There should be a Midwestern candidate for president."
Maybe Thompson should meet fellow Midwesterners Tom Vilsack, Evan Bayh, Barack Obama, Chuck Hagel and Sam Brownback.