Potential presidential candidate Fred Thompson, known to millions of “Law & Order” viewers as a gruff district attorney, revealed on Wednesday that he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a form of cancer, nearly three years ago during an interview with Fox News.
“I know it’s not a big deal, as far as my health is concerned, as much as a person can know about things like that,” Thompson said.
“But other people have the right to look at it and weigh in, and I have a need to factor that into my decision in terms of the reaction that I get about it,” he said.
It probably won’t make that big a deal, as long as he has a clean bill of health. Sen. McCain has bouted melanoma three times, and Rudy Giuliani has battled prostrate cancer, which made him bow out of the New York Senate race in 2000. Sen John Kerry, who ran for President in 2004 also has suffered from prostrate cancer as well as ’96 GOP candidate former Senator Bob Dole.
It seems the only candidate for the GOP without health and marital issues of sorts, Thompson is divorced and remarried as is Sen. McCain and Rudy Giuliani, is Mit Romney, but the GOP is not really courting the former MA Governor, and his campaign run may be in critical condition.