August 30th, 2007
12:50 PM ET
14 years ago

Frist weighs in on Craig scandal

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

Filed under: Larry Craig
soundoff (14 Responses)
  1. Bubba, Swainsboro GA

    Fred who? The guy from Love Boat? What's he doing running for President? And I heard Craig was looking for WMDs in that stall.

    August 30, 2007 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  2. pat, huntington, ny

    Yes its absolutely dispicable to lie about pleading guilty to a crime when you're a US Senator. NO, its not dispicable to be gay. He's an honor!

    August 30, 2007 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  3. roger, conway sc

    OH YES when Frist is speaking to a bunch of right wing conservatives he wants to get them fired up....but in reality all the right wingers want is someone to speak out for them they don't care who or what kind of a person that is as long as they preach their message ask Frist he is one//// that is the reason we leftys look at most republicans as hypocrites...

    August 30, 2007 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  4. Gary, Detroit, Mich.

    Bill Frist...the jerk who couldn't keep his nose out of the Schiavo Family personal tragedy. Larry Craig...the jerk that couldn't keep his nose off the men's room floor. Fred Thompson...the...who's Fred Thompson?

    August 30, 2007 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  5. Doug, Irving, TX

    Bill Frist??? Isn't he gone? Why should we care about the opinions of a 'doctor' who thought that diagnosing a patient through a few seconds of video was legitimate?

    August 30, 2007 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  6. Cable King Pittsburgh Pa

    Its time for Frist to plead "guilty" for all of his despicable behavior while pretending to be a "moral" human being!

    August 30, 2007 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  7. Tricia M Charlottetown PEI

    Another Republican Hate Speech against a Republican. Boy ya gotta love this party's loyalty!

    I doubt anyone cares when Fred Flintstone jumps into the race. IMHO he'll be coming last or a close second no matter when he jumps in!

    August 30, 2007 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  8. Jerry, Toledo OH

    If the title of the article is "Frist weighs in on Craig scandel"why is most of the article devoted to Fred Thompson?

    August 30, 2007 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  9. Connie, Tn.

    The charges against Frist were despicable too in the HCA scandal. Although they were true, Frist was never convicted of anything. So now he is part of the Tennessee Mafia wanting Thompson to be President. What a laugh!

    August 30, 2007 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |


    August 30, 2007 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  11. Chris Barber, Bloomington, IN

    This is not a Democrat/Republican issue. However, it is an issue on whether we need to start imposing term limits on ALL public officials. Isn't there a saying about absolute power corrupting absolutely?

    August 30, 2007 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  12. bob from Dover, Delaware home of the Military Morgue

    I think this guy is being setup.

    I don't know why I don't care why
    but that cop did not know who he was arresting and then it is not hard to believe that the Senator was in such a state of fear that he took the quickest door to get out of there.

    His only other option would have been a night in jail while he called his wife or lawyer to fly out and bail him out of jail.

    And as for the recorded interrogation how was he suppose to use his left hand to go under the right wall of the bathroom stall.

    I would really hope that some news team would go out there and put that to a test because the cop said he saw his wedding ring on his left hand while his feet were both pointed forward and he was seated on the toilet...

    I don't even know who this senator is I have never seen him stand up in the senate and make a big stand on any issue so I am not on his side

    but the accusations are so flimsy that any man using a public bathroom better find one with single occupancy and a door that locks.

    I think all the arrests that cop made need to come under investigation and we can see how many people he gave the choice of a night in jail or to sign a paper and become a notch on his belt.

    August 31, 2007 03:32 am at 3:32 am |
  13. David, Gilbert Arizona

    Posted By pat, huntington, ny: "Yes its absolutely dispicable to lie about pleading guilty to a crime when you're a US Senator. NO, its not dispicable to be gay. He's an honor!"

    Frist was not saying that Craig is despicable for lying about pleading guilty. Frist was not saying that Craig is despicable for being gay. Frist was saying that soliciting lewd acts in a public restroom at an airport is despicable. I don't care if you're gay, straight, or androgenous. Soliciting lewd acts in a public restroom is despicable.

    Whether or not the accusations are true or false is a legal matter for Craig to rectify on his own. If they are true then yes, they are despicable.

    August 31, 2007 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  14. David, Salinas, CA

    Being gay is neither despicable, nor honorable. It is a fact of life.

    Soliciting sex in a public restroom doesn’t quite reach the level of despicable either. It’s more pathetic.

    But condemning a practice in speeches and votes that you personally practice in private is undeniable hypocrisy.

    August 31, 2007 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |