November 13th, 2007
02:37 PM ET
14 years ago

Anti-abortion group: Thompson best candidate to beat Giuliani

GOP presidential hopeful Fred Thompson campaigns Monday in Oskaloosa, Iowa.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The National Right to Life Committee, a key anti-abortion group, endorsed Fred Thompson for president Tuesday, saying the former senator was the best candidate to beat Republican front-runner Rudy Giuliani.

Thompson trails Giuliani, a former New York mayor who supports abortion rights, in the race for the Republican presidential nomination, according to most national polls.

National Right to Life Executive Director David O'Steen suggested that Giuliani's lead played a part in the committee's decision to endorse Thompson.

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  1. Jonathan, Birmingham AL

    Why didn't the NRLC endorse Ron Paul instead? He has an obvious advantage since he has more campaign dollars than Thompson, doesn't lie (err...act), and can speak better than a bumbling zombie about things that matter.

    November 13, 2007 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    Is this the same Fred Thompson? The same Fred Thompson that was a lobbyist for Planned Parenthood just a few years ago? The Fred Thompson that went around Washington looking for money so that single mom's could get an abortion?

    yep. That's the same Fred Thompson alright.

    November 13, 2007 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  3. aj huntington, ny

    Guiliani will excel at the upcoming youtube cnn debate. millions of moderate catholics and italians will vote for him. no other republican will do as well as guiliani. thompson just doesn't have the appeal and get-'er done attitude that guiliani has demonstrated.

    anyone but hillary

    November 13, 2007 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  4. Jonathan, Birmingham AL

    Who are they kidding? Thompson looks like the kind of monster that eats fetuses for breakfast.

    November 13, 2007 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  5. Heather, Chicago IL

    Thats funny... wasn't Fred Thompson a former Abortion Rights Lobbyist?

    And to think, there is a 100% Pro-Life OBGYN candidate for president who has personally delivered over 4000 babies himself! (I won't say who – you should know by now 😉

    All of this just goes to demonstrate the stranglehold special interests and lobbyist groups have over this country.

    November 13, 2007 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |

    The only alternative to Rudy is Fred Thompson. The world will soon see Rudy as the fraud he is. If the GOP have any chance of winning they must see though the Rudy facade and go with Fred. Mitt won't make, the other contenders are just fodder.

    November 13, 2007 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  7. Mike, Warren MI

    My hope is that Giuliani is the front runner, thus splintering all of the religious right into two groups.

    The first group, the "True Believers" won't vote for Giuliani because he isn't as Religion-based in his interpretation of the laws of this country.

    The second group, the hypocrits, who will vote for Giuliani simply because he "Isn't a Democrat".

    Either way, its looking good for the Democrats.

    November 13, 2007 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  8. r sisk, nevada

    Abortion is pretty far down on the list of why our country in facing disaster. In fact, I would venture to say it has nothing to do with the state of affairs our nation faces right now. I'm worried about our soldiers overseas, our shrinking middle class, gas/oil prices, Bush/Cheney and their evil scheming.

    No-one WANTS an abortion. The government needs to stay out of this period. I get so upset with titles like National Right to Life. Think about the skyrocketing abuse, neglect, health care costs, orphanage shortages,
    foster parent shortages,etc etc etc. Very few people will adopt a child with special needs!!!!! And those that will, most people won't support their fight to equal rights. (gays)

    This issue should be a non-issue. Especially by middle to old white guys who will never have to make the decision to have an abortion.

    November 13, 2007 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  9. Newt G. Chicago, Ill

    Fred is running for ego, much like President Clinton did. little will be accomplished once he is in office and he certainly does not have the charisma neccesary to Represent the United States throughout the world. He may be a great person but we nead a leader for President.

    November 13, 2007 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  10. Jeannie, Sacramento, CA

    The pitiful Republicans, especially the southern white evangelicals, are going ape-crazy over the current field of presidential candidates. They are caught between their faith and their need for a dependable leader. Nobody, except Ron Paul, is meeting the test and measuring up as the complete standard-bearer for the party, yet he's been abandoned by the GOP. Instead, these nit-wits are backing Giuliani who's had 3 wives, has no relationship with his children, believes in abortion, accepts homosexuality, is against guns, and has but 2 words on his political platform: September 11.

    Are they REALLY all that stupid?

    November 13, 2007 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  11. Daniel, NY

    In a new Tennessee general election poll, Thompson is the only candidate to convincingly beat Hillary Clinton. She trails/leads both Romney and Giuliani. Check out the full numbers here.

    November 13, 2007 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  12. Richard, St. Paul, Mn

    Zzzz.... somebody wake me when Thompson says something that doesn't sound stupid....

    November 13, 2007 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  13. Plotnick

    Further proof the "Pro-Lifers" are idiots.

    November 13, 2007 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  14. Alex, Cyberville IT

    More like boraphyll.

    November 13, 2007 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  15. ThompsonWhoIsFredThompson

    Come on guys. This talking carcass hasn't got a chance in hell. Let's give up the Thompson talk...

    November 13, 2007 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  16. Terry, El Paso, TX

    A CNN poll taken in August says that 62% approve of the Roe vs Wade decision of the Supreme Court, 32% disagree, and 6% have no opinion. The court was not forcing its opinion on American citizens but was actually expressing America's opinion.

    Evangelicals, who assume that their recently invented form of Christianity is the only true one, should use their energy to keep their own daughters, girlfriends, and wives from having an unwanted pregnancy instead of worrying about our daughters, girlfriends, and wives.

    In USA today, I read that the following percentages apply to school children and sex.

    Girl's Age %have had intercourse
    before 13 4%
    9th grade 29%
    10th grade 44%
    11th grade 52%
    12th grade 62%

    Human's are programmed by evolution, unfortunately, to breed like ferrets. Teenagers in particular are programmed to become pregnant while the daughter is young, strong, and healthy. In early cultures, a girl was marriageable when she started menstruating. Mary, the mother of Jesus, would be a pregnant 8th grader if alive today.

    Our culture extends childhood through the teenage years – and teenagers, like it or not – will find an outlet for their turbulent desires one way or the other.

    Conservatives and Liberals can agree on this strategy: the prevention of unwanted pregnancies. This would prevent all abortions.

    November 14, 2007 08:09 am at 8:09 am |
  17. Alice Newman Center Harbor NH

    More from these single-note Nellies – who don't give a hoot or a holler about the issues that concern real Americans ... how to pay for health care, mortgage crises, war, terrorist, the deficit, the environment,gas prices and heating oil costs ...

    All this doesn't matter to them:They don't care what happens to the country as a whole: As for Fred beating Hillary in a poll in Tenn... I will refrain from making what would be a sterotypical observation.

    November 14, 2007 08:31 am at 8:31 am |