DES MOINES, Iowa (CNN) – Likely Republican White House hopeful Fred Thompson told CNN Friday that he would work to overturn Roe v. Wade if elected president, and would push for a constitutional amendment that protects states from being forced to honor gay marriages performed in other states.
“I don’t think that one state ought to be able to pass a law requiring gay marriage or allowing gay marriage and have another state be required to follow along,” Thompson told CNN’s John King in an interview Friday.
Thompson added that the U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion “was bad law and bad medicine.”
As for when he will jump into the race, the former Tennessee senator said "shortly."
“We are going to be getting in if we get in, and of course, we are in the testing the waters phase,” he said. “We’re going to be making a statement shortly that will cure all of that. But yeah, we’ll be in traditionally when people get in this race."
Thompson also said he believed he could enter the presidential race next month and still win the Iowa caucuses.
On the issue of Iraq, Thompson refused to provide a timeline for how much longer US forces would remain in the country under his administration, but said, “We need to make every effort to make sure that we don’t get run out of there with our tail between our legs before we’ve done the job of securing that place.”
Asked about critics who call him “too lazy” to put in the long hours necessary to run for president, Thompson said: “If I have critics in Washington it's not going to come as a surprise to me. I'll have more by the end of this campaign,” adding, “The proof’s in the pudding. I think that’s curable.”
- CNN Chief National Correspondent John King
Snow suggested Thursday he may not stay on for the rest of Bush's term.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Karl Rove won't be the final senior Bush aide to depart the White House before the president leaves office in January 2009.
White House Press Secretary Tony Snow told conservative talk-show host Hugh Hewitt Wednesday "financial reasons" may prevent him for serving the remainder of his boss’ presidency.
"I'm not going to be able to go the distance, but that's primarily for financial reasons." Snow said. "I've told people when my money runs out, then I've got to go."
Snow refused to indicate when he thought he would likely leave, but CNN's Suzanne Malveaux reports that he could step down from his position as early as next month.
According to the Washington Post, Snow makes $168,000 as the White House spokesman.
The former Fox News anchor-turned press secretary took a month long leave of absence earlier this year after cancer was discovered on his liver.
- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Michael Deaver, a close adviser to President Ronald Reagan, has died, Deaver's family told CNN on Saturday.
The 69-year-old had been struggling with pancreatic cancer and died at
his home on Saturday in Bethesda, Md.
"Over the past several months, he battled pancreatic cancer with the courage, grace and good spirit that he carried throughout his life. We are so proud of him. In the end, he stood as the model of a man who not only loved life, but lived life right, one day at a time," his family said in a statement released by the Edelman public relations firm.
Deaver was a vice chairman of Edelman International.
Edelman issued its own statement, calling Deaver "a giant in our field."
"He will be remembered for countless contributions to the art of communications, and for his years of service to our country in the stead of his longtime friend and boss, President Ronald Reagan, whom he started working with shortly after Reagan was elected California governor in 1966."
The White House released a statement from the president on Deaver's passing, with National Security Council spokesman Gordon Johndroe saying Deaver "was a key advisor to President Reagan and a close and loyal friend to both the president and Mrs. Reagan."
"Michael Deaver knew the importance in our democracy of communicating with the American people, and he will be missed," Johndroe said.
Vibe magazine, one of the leading publications covering hip-hop, put Obama on its cover over the headline "It's Obama Time."
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Vibe magazine has dubbed him "B-Rock." He's getting shout-outs in some of the most popular hip-hop singles of the summer. He's even had a high-profile meeting with Ludacris.
Barack Obama might not be leading the Democratic presidential field in national polls, but the freshman senator has managed to capture the imagination of the hip-hop community, comprised mostly of rap artists, music industry professionals, activists and young fans of all races.
Despite Obama's sometimes critical opinion of rap music, the candidate's name is being dropped on iPods, car stereos and music Web sites across the country.
- CNN South Carolina Producer Peter Hamby