The Hill, 9/6/7

Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) is planning to endorse former Sen. Fred Thompson (R-Tenn.) when Thompson announces his entry into the presidential race Thursday.

A spokesman for Cochran said the senator will support Thompson, but won’t release a statement expressing his support until after Thompson announces his bid.

Thompson is expected to make his announcement in a 15-minute video on his website, and then head out on a five-day campaign tour through Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, Florida and Tennessee. Including Cochran’s, Thompson has 20 endorsements from Capitol Hill lawmakers.