Columbia, South Carolina (CNN) - Former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, a Republican, said Thursday that if the charges against Idaho Senator Larry Craig are true, they are "despicable."
"Clearly such actions, if they are true or as they have been painted, are despicable, the sorts of issues that ultimately will impact whether someone like Larry Craig or others will be re-elected," Frist said. "I think the people of Idaho, the people of the individual state, will have to look at the facts, as the facts really are, and make that decision."
Frist is in South Carolina promoting "ONE Vote '08," the ONE Campaign's effort to get presidential candidates involved in the fight against global poverty.
He also predicted when his friend and fellow Tennessean Fred Thompson would finally jump into the Presidential race.
"I do expect that he'll announce sometime in the next month," Frist said.
"His announcement is likely to be a little bit different than the announcement of any other candidate to date, and with that he will be one of the major contenders to represent the Republican party as the next President."
Frist hinted that Thompson's announcement would involve some kind of new media, saying the former Law & Order actor understands how to use the Internet to speak to voters "in innovative and creative ways."
Thompson has made blogging and web outreach a staple of his presidential "testing the waters" phase.
– CNN South Carolina Producer Peter Hamby