Via the L.A. Times:
Former Tennessee Sen. Fred D. Thompson, who is campaigning for president as a “pro-life” Republican, accepted a lobbying assignment from a family-planning group to persuade the first Bush White House to ease a controversial abortion restriction, according to a 1991 document and five people familiar with the matter.
This isn’t totally surprising from a lobbyist–as a group they tend to be more pragmatic than ideological. It does seem strange though for someone who claims to be pro-life to lobby for a pro-abortion group. And it’s even more strange that Thompson is denying any involvement with the group, despite strong evidence to the contrary. The air might come out of the Thompson balloon faster than we thought.
CHARLES adds: Here is the American Spectator‘s take. I’ll admit–after reading the Spectator first, I found the Times story to be more troubling than I expected.