by Steven Ertelt
November 7, 2007
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Fred Thompson’s campaign is rolling out the first television advertisement for their candidate since the former Tennessee senator declared his candidacy for the Republican nomination for president. The spot, which will air across Iowa, focuses on his pro-life record on abortion and federal judicial picks.
In the ad, slated to run throughout the week in the leading primary state, Thompson emphasizes he is a "consistent conservative."
"In eight years in the United States Senate, I fought … for conservative judges," Thompson declares. "And I’m proud to have had a 100 percent pro-life voting record."
The advertisement also displays a picture of the candidate with former President Ronald Reagan, beloved by the pro-life community for his strong record opposing abortion.
"My friends," he says, "we must remember that our rights come from God and not from government. And if we stick to our basic conservative principles, we will win next November and the United States of America will be better for it."
Thompson has been picking up his schedule in Iowa as well as other top primary states New Hampshire and South Carolina.
He runs competitively in the polls in those states and his initial foray into television advertising might do for him what it did for Mitt Romney — accelerate him to the top of the pack.
Romney has already spent $3.5 million on ads in Iowa and Thompson’s buy of $400,000 will start the process of helping him catch up.
The ads come just days after he appeared on a television program and said he favors overturning Roe v. Wade but opposes a human life amendment to the Constitution.