Thompson gets important pro-life endorsement
Fred Thompson, the candidate billing himself as the most consistent conservative in the crowded Republican field, has won the presidential endorsement of the National Right to Life Committee, GOP officials said Monday.
The nod by the prominent anti-abortion group could boost the lackluster campaign of the former Tennessee senator. He has seen his poll numbers drop in recent weeks in Iowa and elsewhere as he has failed to become the consensus candidate of restive social conservatives still searching for someone to embrace.
“It speaks for itself,” an upbeat Thompson told reporters while campaigning here — even as he spoke in hypothetical terms and declined to confirm the endorsement. “These are people who supported me in times past. I think it would be a perfectly natural thing to happen. I’ve had a 100 percent pro-life voting record in the United States Senate. And I think they know that, and that’s the way I would govern if I was president.”
Here’s the video presentation Thompson made to the National Right to Life Committee:
Locally, Sue Armacost of Wisconsin Right to Life had this to say,
“We truly value Fred Thompson’s strong commitment to the protection of human life. We are the Wisconsin affiliate of the National Right to Life Committee. In light of our parent organization’s endorsement of Fred Thompson, the Wisconsin Right to Life Political Action Committee (PAC)is now discussing the presidential race and will announce its endorsement decision in the near future.”
The endorsement by the National Right to Life Committee has to be seen as a huge blow to former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney’s efforts to reach out to social conservatives, and it follows another blow from Pat Robertson’s endorsement of Rudy Giuliani. National Right to Life’s endorsement of Thompson despite Thompson’s support for campaign finance reform can only be interpreted as their continued mistrust of Romney’s conversions.