At his second campaign stop of the day on Friday, just after 2 p.m., Fred D. Thompson was deep into a riff on the benefits of high-quality American health care.
"It's allowing us to live healthier lives and to live longer," Mr. Thompson, a former Republican senator from Tennessee, said at a Jaycee park here. "That's good news. But we have more retired folks. I hope to become one of them one of these days."