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