To its credit, the American Spectator kept digging into Fred Thompson’s 1994 views on abortion, and–to my knowledge–has come up with the first pro-choice quote straight from Fred’s mouth (in our own posts, we had relied on contemporary press accounts but had not run across actual interviews). Here is AmSpec’s Philip Klein:
During his first run for the U.S. Senate, Fred Thompson said in an interview to a libertarian Republican newsletter that the ultimate decision to have an abortion “must be made by the woman.”
The comments were made in the July/August issue of Republican Liberty, the official newsletter of the Republican Liberty Caucus.
In the interview, Thompson was asked: “Some conservatives got flustered by your comments on abortion and Roe vs. Wade. Would you like to explain your position on abortion?”
Thompson answered: “Government should stay out of it. No public financing. The ultimate decision must be made by the woman. Government should treat its citizens as adults capable of making moral decisions on their own.”
I’ve said this before, and I’ll say it again: I like Fred Thompson. A lot. I don’t think he has the executive experience to be President–and I think that Governor Romney has better solutions for the full spectrum of challenges America faces–but that doesn’t change the fact that Fred Thompson was a good senator and would make a much better president than anyone the Dems can offer.
However–and this is a big however–much of the rationale for the entire Thompson boomlet has been the supposed absence of a “true conservative” from the race. Despite the fact that I can’t think of one position that Governor Romney holds that isn’t conservative–and despite the fact that he actually governed Massachusetts as a fiscal and social conservative–his views in prior races have caused some to suspect his authenticity. Does the same suspicion now apply to Fred Thompson? If not, why not?
While I have had my differences with the Spectator, as one of their earliest subscribers (way back at the very beginning of the Clinton years), I’m glad to see that they keep plugging away, seeking the truth. Good work, AmSpec.