December 7th, 2007
09:40 AM ET
15 years ago

Thompson wins backing from key conservative

WASHINGTON (CNN) - A former appeals court judge venerated in conservative circles for spearheading the movement’s takeover of the Southern Baptist Convention endorsed Fred Thompson’s presidential campaign Friday.

The nod from former Texas judge Paul Pressler could provide a major boost for Thompson's presidential run among social conservatives, especially in the early-voting state of South Carolina.

In a release from the Thompson campaign, Pressler calls the former Tennessee senator "the consistent conservative in the presidential race" and "the most electable." The statement says that Pressler is "revered among Southern Baptists as a warrior and hero."

Last month, Pressler questioned the conservative credentials of former Arkansas governor and current presidential contender Mike Huckabee, telling the Wall Street Journal’s John Fund that “I know of no conservative he appointed while he headed the Arkansas Baptist Convention."

Pressler wrote in his autobiography that he turned down a post in the administration of the first President Bush – an offer that stirred controversy among Baptist moderates – because he wished to avoid the confirmation process and the "personal vendetta in which liberals engage to destroy innocent people."

Louisiana College, a school affiliated with the SBC, has said it plans to open a law school named in Pressler’s honor that promotes a “biblical worldview” – one of a recent wave of similarly-oriented institutions, including law schools at the late Jerry Falwell’s Liberty University and Pat Robertson’s Regent University.

- CNN’s Rebecca Sinderbrand

Filed under: Fred Thompson
soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. Lee, Mays Landing New Jersey

    Yes, they have constructed an alternative educational system, as well as an alternative reality, as they seek to "take over" America, much as they took over certain denominations.
    They had a great deal of influence on the federal level the 6 years congress was Republican controlled and Bush rubber stamped them as they rubber stamped him, and it was one of the most disasterous years we've had since the founding of this secular nation.

    December 7, 2007 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  2. jt okc

    Political Ticker has been promoting Fred Thompson way too much. He is behind in the polls and has become irrelevant.

    He's clearly in the second tier

    December 7, 2007 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  3. Austin, TX

    as a conservative that has never heard of this character....I question the team "key".

    December 7, 2007 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  4. Surrealist, Fort Myers, FL

    OMG!!! We're in big trouble now–another endorsement by GOD. Aren't we all glad that our "mullahs" don't have their own armies like in Iran.

    December 7, 2007 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  5. Joe, Indianapolis, Indiana

    Mitt Romney and Fred Thompson are the best GOP hopefuls and they CAN beat Clinton and Obama. Once this thing turns to the general election, just watch how many blue collar democrats (Reagan Democrats) go to the GOP. The democrats are going to be hit for pandering to the far-left.

    December 7, 2007 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  6. Steve, NY

    Going negative is the last ditch effort of a dying campaign.....bye bye Fred!

    December 7, 2007 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  7. Bill, Streamwood, IL

    "Warrior and Hero?" Fred Thompson?

    Maybe some should tell this Pressler guy that Law and Order is a television show and is not real ... and neither is Fred Thompson.

    I wonder if anyone has told Pressler that Santa is make believe too?

    December 7, 2007 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  8. HUCK,LA.


    December 7, 2007 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |