[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/POLITICS/09/02/thompson.convention/art.thompson.gi.jpg caption="Fred Thompson campaigned with Sen. McCain earlier this year."]
ST. PAUL, Minnesota (CNN) - Former Sen. Fred Thompson vehemently defended the selection of Sarah Palin for vice president Tuesday garnering huge applause from the crowd at the Republican National Convention.
"What a breath of fresh air Gov. Sarah Palin is," said Thompson, who dropped out of the Republican presidential race in January. "Give me a tough Alaskan governor who has taken on the political establishment in the largest state in the union - and won - over the beltway business-as-usual crowd any day of the week."
Thompson also praised McCain and talked about how his ordeal as POW shaped his character.