November 12th, 2007
02:40 PM ET
11 years ago

Thompson scores National Right to Life endorsement

Thompson has scored a big endorsement.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - GOP presidential hopeful Fred Thompson will get the endorsement of the National Right to Life Committee, three GOP sources tell CNN.

The formal announcement, which will take place at 10 a.m. ET Tuesday in Washington, is a much needed boost for Thompson’s campaign, which is suffering from low poll numbers and criticism the candidate lacks enough fire in the belly to win.

Thompson came into the race late with the hope of winning over social conservatives unsatisfied with the rest of the GOP field. Although polls and anecdotal evidence suggest he’s failed to excite those conservatives, he is making a big push to play up his conservative credentials on the stump and in a TV ad - especially his anti-abortion views and voting record in the Senate.

Thompson has, however, faced criticism from some conservatives for what they see as conflicting statements, like saying last week he does not support the plank in the Republicans party platform since Ronald Reagan was president that calls for an anti-abortion constitutional amendment. Thompson said he hopes Roe v. Wade will be overturned, but that in general he believes abortion laws should be left up to the states.

The National Right To Life Committee boasts affiliates in all 50 states with over 3,000 local chapters nationwide. Although some GOP strategists say its grassroots power may not be as strong as it was in the past, it will likely mobilize some crucial support for Thompson’s campaign.

- CNN's Dana Bash, John King, and Mark Preston

Filed under: Fred Thompson • South Carolina
soundoff (63 Responses)
  1. BSimmons, Ft. Worth, TX

    They should have endorsed Mike Huckabee. "Hollywood" Fred Thompson is a fraud who has done paid lobbying FOR abortion in the past.

    We values voters don't care who the irrelevant power-hungry leaders like Pat Robertson and the committee-run organizations like Right to Life try to push on us, we can see who is true and who is not!

    Huckbee 08!

    November 12, 2007 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  2. JNicholson

    Someone should advise this Rip Van Winkle to take a nap. He looks so tired.

    November 12, 2007 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  3. Joseph H, Warner Robins, Georgia

    The National Right to Life Committee should have endorsed Ron Paul. He has been a defender of the unborn for many years and has authored or sponsored legislation that declares life begins at conception and that would negate the effect of Roe v Wade by putting abortion as a state-decided issue. He is an ob-gyn who has delivered over 4,000 babies.

    November 12, 2007 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  4. Terry, Tazewell VA

    We Republicans need to get behind someone that can beat Clinton. Rudy! Rudy! Rudy!

    November 12, 2007 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  5. Live Free or Die Trying

    Oh please, tell me who I need to vote for, so they can make all of my decisions for me. I wouldn't vote for any one who would try to tell me what I could or couldn't do about my health, or my body. You are entitled to you opinion, BUT KEEP IT TO YOURSELF, you moronic rednecks.

    November 12, 2007 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  6. fred, la.

    way to go fred!!

    November 12, 2007 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  7. Steve Ocala FL

    They should be endorsing Ron Paul.

    He is the only person i have heard say that roe vs wade should be repealed.

    Ron Paul is a true right to life candidate and is the only person i have heard say that we need to secure our civil liberties here.

    Wake up people Fred Thompson is a joke and has no clue what is going on in the world, he recently said to cbs that Iraq had WMDS! What planet is fred living on?

    November 12, 2007 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  8. Gregg K., Huntington Beach, CA

    Pro-life pick priority:
    1) Mike Huckabee (but can he win?)
    2) John McCain (he can win if primary votes don't age discriminate; then he would capture lots of independents and win large mandate against Hillary in Nov. '08)
    3) Mitt Romney (inconsistent but moved in right direction)
    4) Fred Thompson (inconsistent)
    5) Rudy Guliani (unacceptable)
    CONCLUSION: John McCain is the best pick for pro-lifers.

    November 12, 2007 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  9. Charles, Neely, MS

    Very disappointing that they didn't endorse Mike Huckabee.

    November 12, 2007 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  10. Wayne, Greenville TX

    So National Right to Life has endorsed a man who is dead from the neck up.....

    November 12, 2007 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  11. Chris, Pensacola FL

    Girl who can't be a woman and state her name "Live Free or Die Trying". Your body is your body, but a living organism inside you is NOT your body, but ANOTHER body.

    I do agree with you that they shouldn't make laws about it. No one will adhere to the laws. I think it's disgusting that people will kill their dude or dudette inside them, but laws won't affect it at all. It's a waste of time and money. Education is what should take place. People are evil, they will do what the want. We DON'T need more bloody laws about abortion or homosexuals.

    November 12, 2007 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  12. Drop----Fred

    He was probably taking a nap when he got the good news.

    November 12, 2007 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  13. B Reyes

    I think it's interesting that these people seem to have forgotten Fred Thompson's efforts as a lobbyist for the National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association, a pro-choice group.

    Also, he's waffled on the abortion issue in the past. He's said he's against criminalizing it and believes that it's no business of the federal government.

    He's not saying anything like that now, of course. Right now, he's trying to fool voters into believing that he really is that wise old character from Law & Order.

    November 12, 2007 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  14. Mike, Warren MI

    I wouldn't worry about it too much as I can't imagine Americans being dumb enough to vote another Republican into office after 8 years of W.

    When the next President takes office (whichever Democrat, at this point not sure which is the best), and likely appoints 3 liberal Supreme Court judges, we won't have to worry about Roe v Wade being overturned for a long time.

    November 12, 2007 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  15. Robert, Shelton, CT

    Wow, this wasn't as bad as the Robertson Giuliani endorsement, but come on, Fred Thompson...they could have at least thought of Mike Huckabee...who is more likeable in every regards.

    November 12, 2007 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  16. JC, Green Bay, WI

    It doesn't matter what a candidate's position is on anything else, if he's even remotely qualified to be President, or even if he knows enough to come in out of the rain; as long as he's "Pro-life" these sheep will follow him anywhere.

    Sad, very sad...

    November 12, 2007 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  17. Kate, Aurora CO

    My question is how do the majority of pro-lifers explain their support of the death penalty? So in other words you will fight to save the live of an innocent unborn but fast forward 18 years you will gladly flip the switch? What makes the death penalty so much different from abortion? It is still murder and according to your bibles murder in any form especially for revenge is wrong. You rally for laws forcing a woman to give birth to a child she either does not want or cannot support (as well as the rape & incense cases) but then once that baby is out of the womb you no longer want to claim any responsiblity such as the recently vetoed healthcare reform bill. If in fact abortion is wrong and murder then again your bible states it is not your place to judge. Don't waste any more valuable time making up laws to impose your beliefs.

    November 12, 2007 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  18. I Like Mike, Washington, DC

    I don't have anything negative to say about Fred Thompson. But, it is absurd beyond comprehension that any candidate other than Mike Huckabee would get this endorsement. Yet again, we have vivid proof that the powers at be in current presidential politics have no regard for the positions and beliefs of their constituency.

    If you read this article and want a candidate who will stand up for you, I urge you to support Mike Huckabee and take my challenge by visiting:

    With your help, he will make a difference!

    November 12, 2007 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  19. Darko, New Orleans LA

    He has openly and repeatedly said that criminalizing all abortion on a nation level is not the answer. I agree. I'm pro-life, but I'm also a realist.

    Federalism. Leave it up to the states. Forcing a stance on a topic that will NEVER be agreed upon (morally or legally) by an entire nation is stupid.
    Using it to decide our Presidency is even more stupid.

    I'm not sold on Fred, but I do like alot of his common sense ideas to things. Immigration and taxes being two of them.

    Oh, and the "tired, dead, actor" comments aren't funny anymore. Really, they've already been worn out.

    November 12, 2007 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  20. Darko, New Orleans LA

    To Mike:

    Somehow I doubt that 3 SCOTUS seats will open up in the next 4 years...

    November 12, 2007 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  21. Billyboy

    CONCLUSION: John McCain is the best pick for pro-lifers.

    Posted By Gregg K., Huntington Beach, CA : November 12, 2007 3:25 pm

    Gregg you do realize that when you fight a war based on lies and you plan to bomb Iran when you become president is a violation of the 'right to life' concept. Why do you Christians not comprehend this. Hypocrites.

    November 12, 2007 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  22. Daniel, NY

    This is actually very good news for Rudy Giuliani, as it confirms the division of the Religious Right. Read full analysis here.

    November 12, 2007 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  23. Jeff Badura East Hartford CT

    here we go with the hate from the left !! "BUT KEEP IT TO YOURSELF, you moronic rednecks." ......................that's a racist remark buddy !!


    Live Free or Die Trying, your not talking about yourself when your advocating genocide of the unborn child your killing an innocent being !!

    As far as the story goes anyone who saw Fred gaffs on meet the press 2 weeks ago knows he is wishy washy on abortion anyway !!

    McCain in 08 !!!

    November 12, 2007 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  24. scott, orlando fl

    Thompson? Come on NRLC. Someone wake him up ! I bet he doesn't even know this yet cause he's takin a nap. He is not a strong Pro Lifer. They must have missed his interview with Tim Russert. He's losing ground cause he's freakin boring and he cannot communicate without a script just like our current president.

    They should have endorsed Huckabee.

    November 12, 2007 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  25. Tom Warner

    As a Republcan, I have been forced to come to a disturbing realization. I compared the background, the voice, and the policies of all the candidates. As much as I cannot admit it, I have to support the candidate that will be best for our country. Although it is way too liberal for my taste, I think Hillary Clinton will get my vote... Seriously, we need to do whats right for the people not just our party.

    November 12, 2007 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
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