Conservatives may have their man.
Appearing on Fox News Sunday in an interview with Chris Wallace, Former Fred Thompson (R-TN) said that the door was open to him considering a run for the GOP Presidential Nomination. Thompson stated that the accelerated nomination process will preclude candidates from waiting until October. Thompson denied suspicions that he would announce by May, but said that he could “go into the summer”.
Mr. Wallace then buzzed Sen. Thompson with a flurry of issues questions, to which the former senator rattled off replies.
Here are some of the results with the fomer Senator’s answers following.
Abortion: Pro Life
Roe v Wade: I think Roe vs. Wade was bad law and bad medical science. And the way to address that is through good judges.
Gay Rights: Gay rights? I think that we ought to be a tolerant nation. I think we ought to be tolerant people. But we shouldn’t set up special categories for anybody.
And I’m for the rights of everybody, including gays, but not any special rights
Gay Marriage: You know, marriage is between a man and a woman, and I don’t believe judges ought to come along and change that.
People are going to have different ideas. That’s why we have states. We ought to give great leeway to states and not have the federal government and not have the Supreme Court of the United States making social policy that’s contrary to the traditions of this country and changing that overnight. And that’s what’s happened in a lot of these areas.
Gun Control: Well, I’m against gun control generally. You know, you check my record. You’ll find I’m pretty consistent on that issue.
Campaign Finance Reform: I came from the outside to Congress. And it always seemed strange to me. We’ve got a situation where people could give politicians huge sums of money, which is the soft money situation at that time, and then come before those same politicians and ask them to pass legislation for them.
I mean, you get thrown in jail for stuff like that in the real world. And so I always thought that there was some reasonable limitation that ought to be put on that, and you know, looking back on history, Barry Goldwater in his heyday felt the same thing.
Illegal Immigration: Border enforcement first, then decide on the 12 to 20 million illegals.
Iraq: I would do essentially what the president’s doing. I know it’s not popular right now, but I think we have to look down the road and consider the consequences of where we are.