July 10th, 2007
09:24 AM ET
9 years ago

Former colleague: Thompson worked for abortion rights group

Watch CNN's Mary Snow report how Fred Thompson is responding to attacks on his abortion record.

NEW YORK (CNN) - A former law colleague of likely Republican presidential candidate Fred Thompson told CNN Monday that Thompson worked in the 1990s for a group trying to loosen abortion restrictions.

Because many social conservatives see Thompson as their best hope for seeing an anti-abortion president in the White House in 2008, any perceived weakness in his position on abortion could damage his appeal among those voters.

Former Democratic Rep. Michael Barnes worked with Thompson at Arent, Fox, Kintner, Plotkin & Kahn.

- CNN's Bob Ruff

Filed under: Fred Thompson
soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. Mike, Corpus Christi Texas

    The Christian Coalition must be very disappointed with Fred. Guess they'll have to stick with Guiliani after all. Decisions, Decisions......

    July 10, 2007 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  2. Kay, Fairborn, Ohio

    The FredHeads won't believe anyone including Thompson himself as they have their heads so far buried in the sand with their the 'media is lying' that it is an embarrassment to the rest of the Republican Party.

    Rove is in the process of damage control and you can take it to the bank since the same cable that has been in every Republican election since Nixon is now behind Thompson.

    Do the research and you will find the same people. Libby was brought on board the group by Wolfowitz. Doesn't take much to connect the dots.

    July 10, 2007 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  3. d

    why does this get no press? romney said he switched and that is all the press wants to talk about. thompson switched but says he didn't and they hardly even touch it. wierd.

    July 10, 2007 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  4. Matt Houston, Texas

    So after another "top tier" candidate fails to meet approval is it time for the Republican party to back the only true conservative?

    The problem the Party has is that they know that Ron Paul will do whats right based on the constitution, not based on who pays him the most.

    July 10, 2007 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  5. Matt A.

    In the end, the falseness and cheapness of Thompson is going to come through, as well as his relatively poor communication skills. In the end, I expect Thompson to slowly decline and eventually endorse Romney.

    July 10, 2007 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  6. James, San Gabriel CA

    Great, Fred Thompson, another Republican politician another proven liar. The number of proven lies of Bush even exceeds the number of war dead and wounded. Lies and liars have never bothered the Republican base a whole hell of a lot. It's gay marraige and welfare moms they hate.

    July 11, 2007 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  7. Ann Brunswick ME

    So what?

    July 11, 2007 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |