January 6th, 2008
05:23 PM ET
15 years ago

Thompson gets help from anti-abortion group

New mailer from group supporting Thompson’s South Carolina campaign.

New mailer from group supporting Thompson’s South Carolina campaign.

MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (CNN) - The National Right to Life Committee, which endorsed Fred Thompson in November, is sending out mailers in South Carolina urging "pro-lifers to unite" behind Thompson's candidacy.

The abortion mailer, which focuses on Thompson's Senate record, comes as his campaign is shoring up their South Carolina staff. The former Tennessee senator is hoping to make a comeback in a state where he's now slipped into a three-way tie for third place in most recent polls, behind Mike Huckabee and Mitt Romney.

"Vote for life in the South Carolina Republican Primary," the mailer says, noting that Thompson "is the only candidate endorsed by the National Right to Life PAC and South Carolina Citizens for Life PAC."

South Carolina Citizens for Life is the NRLC state affiliate that endorsed Thompson in December.

Thompson's campaign now hinges on the first-in-the-South Republican primary. Last week, Thompson was forced to deny reports he was planning to drop out of the race and support John McCain if he fared poorly in the Iowa caucuses voting. He finished third in Iowa and is running last in New Hampshire.

The Thompson campaign has begun to rotate staffers into the must-win state from their national headquarters in Virginia. This week, Thompson will avoid New Hampshire and head straight to the Palmetto State on Monday evening to prepare for a statewide bus tour and media push.

Thompson said on CNN's Late Edition Sunday that "it's all about South Carolina," and predicated his campaign will be resurgent if they win that primary on January 19.

He conceded the plan hinged on a fundraising boost to his cash-poor campaign.

"If we can raise the money sufficient to hold our own on television, we will win South Carolina and we will be in good shape," Thompson told Wolf Blitzer.

–CNN Political Producer Peter Hamby

Filed under: Fred Thompson • South Carolina
soundoff (44 Responses)
  1. Cove

    Unlike Fred Thompson, Governor Bill Richardson is on the record condemning torture. 60 photos, pictures and images of Richardson (including one with Thompson) at ...

    January 7, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  2. GRD

    I'm as pro-life as they come - have been for twenty years - and Thompson is my candidate. He has a solid pro-life voting record, he hasn't flip-flopped on the issue, and I trust him to stick to his principles.

    January 7, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  3. Kent Coleman, Ohio

    It appears that most of the posters here are either lefties and very hateful. I thought the dems and lefties were supposed to be the compationate party? Wants to take care of everyone, hold them back? The remaining are the RonPaul wed spammers. Just quick hits on anything not Ron Paul. No substance.
    We as a nation are not in real trouble because of the war, misguided and selfish congress and a president that forgot his roots, but because of ignorants and shallow people that pine someone that is not based in principals or reality. Fred Thompson doesn't outright say no abortions. He says it should be left up to the states. Just like, health care, gay marriage, etc. He wants the federal govt to stay out of it. If California wants to support all these,so be it! Those that want it can move to a state that supports it. Just don't force it on other states and use federal dollars to expend on it. Thats called Federalism, less govt. And that is Fred Thompson. Read facts before you vomit your hatred http://www.fred08.com

    January 7, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  4. Eleanor Bauer

    I don't understand "Right to Life" stance on Thompson. He may be good on Right to Life Issues, but equally well is Governor Mike Huckabee, and he is the one who is higher in the polls, and to take votes away from Huckabee to give Thompson a surge that is too late, will be disastrous for the Right to Life cause.

    January 7, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  5. Tracey

    Your comment couldn't have said it better. I swear the evangelicals swarm the polls every year because they don't believe in abortion but the politicians who use the issue as a political crutch completely abandon it as an important issue once they are in office! I am a Christian but I'd be a fool to follow candidates blindly based on some faith based fantasy of a "Good Christian America". Please.

    January 7, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  6. Ryan

    Fred is the ONLY candidate with a solid, unwavering, and conservative stance on ALL of the issues. Is everyone blind? It baffles me to see so-called "conservatives" who are blind to Mitt's flip-flopping and blatant bullying, Huck's unbelievable lack of substance, McCain's way-to-moderate views on everything except national security, and Rudy's liberal background. (Ron Paul isn't worth listing) Don't dismiss Fred without listening to what he's saying! Make up your own mind and quit being sheep. The ONLY true conservative of the bunch and the ONLY one that has is solid enough to beat the Dems is Fred and they know it! By the way, how many lies or half-truths do Mitt and Huckabee have to be caught in before people will realize that they're sleazy and full of it??!!

    It's interesting how no one challenges Fred on any issue. The best the MSM and bloggers can come up with is that he "looks tired" or "is lazy". Close your eyes and simply listen, if that's all you can come up with. Seriously! I challenge anyone to point out where Fred is weak on an issue. No candidate will, because they can't! Take note in the next debate.

    January 7, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  7. Tim, Minnesota

    Didn't Fred lobby for these guys?

    January 7, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |

    BILL Schenectady,N.Y. Do you have any reporters that aren't hearing impaired? During the debate,Romney,Huckabee,Juliani,and Mc Cain each stated,at least once that they agreed with statements made by Fred Yhompson. In my opinion that shows that Fred Thompson was prepared and they were not;making Fred the winner of the debate.If the voters of New Hampshire are foolish enough to want any of these other candidates for President who do they expect them to call to supply a reasonable response to an emergency situation, FRED THOMPSON ? How long would it take to locate him ? Wouldn't it be better to have him in the oval office to handle the situation IMMEDIATELY ?

    January 8, 2008 05:08 am at 5:08 am |
  9. Vote for Freedom

    Neither the President, nor the Government, can be your moral guide. This is a very personal issue and one that will always be debated. I say, leave it out of government, or let individual states decide. That way, individuals will have a choice, and not be forced to live their lives according to someone else's beliefs. No government body should decide for any American what is right or wrong for them. I thought this was a free country.

    January 8, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  10. Robert

    The National Right to Life endorsement to Thompson is a bad joke. Look at their rating of him on their website. He is lower than many many candidates. He would be behind McCain except that they count the McCain-Feingold campaign reform as aa vote against life. Campaign finance reform is only against special interest groups. So the National Right to Life endorsement is more about how the organization is treated than about life itself. How hypocritical. They are more concerned about their organization than the lives of the unborn. I am extremely pro-life and think this is exactly why we need campaign finance reform. Special interest groups have one special interest.... their survival and salaries. They dupe people into thinking they really care about their cause.

    January 8, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  11. lisa harris

    America will not be here is 100 years, if so called Americans do not elect someone who is willing to protect and defend us. Get rid of ACLU and liberals.
    Abortion issues are not the issue today. Do not make your vote on that issue. It will be a long time before that is overruled. and I am Pro life. As the saying goes pick your fights. Abortion is not the fight this year. . Fred is in it to protect the country, so we do not become a third world country. Wake up, it can happen.
    America, as you, are mortal. It can end.

    January 8, 2008 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  12. lisa harris

    Surely someone out there took the same class I did. How to sell yourself in an interview. That is what most I these candidates are doing. Thompson, Hunter, the Tancredo and as much as I hate to say it Paul did not take the class. They will not be swayed.

    January 8, 2008 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  13. Jennifer

    Mike Huckabee is the strongest candidate on social issues. However, if we vote only on social issues, and not on foreign policy, illigal immigration, taxes, and the economy... We will not have a soverign country to raise our children in.

    Check out this site http://www.pinnaclecascade.com and compare the candidates records on each issue important to you. Make your own choice!! This website lines them up, and shows each candidates pasts. You don't have to register, and there are no blogs. Check it out and decide.

    This is an important primary! Who can beat the dems? Whose record will stand up to scrutiny? Everything shown on http://www.pinnaclecascade.com shows the true records that the democrats will be fighting. WHO CAN MAKE IT IN NOVEMBER? And which candidate is closest to your beliefs? Which candidate has the foreign policy experience to deal with our enemies and change our intelligence community? Please make an informed decision!!

    January 8, 2008 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  14. Nick, St. Louis

    There is only one candidate on both sides that hasn't had the passion of becoming the leader of the free world since they were born, and person is Fred Dalton Thompson!

    I've never believed a candidate that said they were running for office that didn't want something in return until Fred. I've listened to all of the other candidates talk about change and Fred is the only one not to follow the pack. He believes the what matters is doing the right thing, not the popular thing. He believes in being honest with the American people to let them know that something needs to be done about SS, taxes, and the war on terror.

    Trust me, he's the real deal! Please don't be condescending, it's sooo boring! Have some originality, not Obama talking points (change); what a joke! Of course there is going to be change. It just depends on the change in the form of retreat in the war against terror or path towards a welfare state. Stop with the stupid elementary word "change". So stupid!!!!!!!!

    Fred! Fred! Fred!

    He will make this country proud, I promise!

    January 9, 2008 12:00 am at 12:00 am |
  15. MSW

    Ryam is right, not only did the others agree with Fred Thompson, several of them used his viewpoints.

    January 9, 2008 03:13 am at 3:13 am |
  16. Eleanor Roosevelt taught us that sometimes silence is the greatest sin

    Mrs. Ladybird Johnson Former First Lady, United States Of America. Women can move beyond the struggle for equal status and for material goods to the challenges and opportunities of citizenship. I always hope that the very best of our people will go into politics and some of our best are women. So, I say: "Don't hold back. Don't be shy. Step forward in every way you can to plan boldly, to speak clearly, to offer the leadership which the world needs. to pluck out prejudice from our lives, to remove fear and hate where it exists, and to create a world unafraid to work out its destiny in peace. Eleanor Roosevelt has already made her own splendid and incomparable contribution to that foundation. Let us go and do likewise, within the measure of our faith and the limits of our ability. Let Eleanor Roosevelt teach Us all to turn the arts of compassion into the victories of democracy. Eleanor Roosevelt taught us that sometimes silence is the greatest sin. VOTE CLINTON 2008

    January 9, 2008 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  17. David Allen Linkenheimer, East Brady, Pa.

    What kind of help is Fred going to get?

    They will probably help him stomp the constitution and Bill of Rights.

    January 9, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  18. MAS2B8R

    Its my personal freedom and I will abuse it how ever I like. Don't tell me how to abuse my personal freedom.

    January 11, 2008 12:43 am at 12:43 am |
  19. MAS2B8R

    PaulofTarsus Its my personal freedom and I will abuse it how ever I like. Don't tell me how to abuse my personal freedom.

    January 11, 2008 01:00 am at 1:00 am |
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