by Steven Ertelt
November 12, 2007
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Former Tennessee senator and GOP presidential candidate Fred Thompson says he’s happy to accept the endorsement of National Right to Life. The pro-life group backed his campaign on Tuesday and he said the endorsement reflects the pro-life values he has on issues like abortion.
"I’m deeply appreciative for the past support by the National Right to Life Committee-PAC in my Senate campaigns, and today I am blessed and grateful to have received their endorsement for President of the United States," he told LifeNews.com in a statement.
"In supporting me, those who have worked tirelessly to defend life are supporting a consistent conservative who has stood with them yesterday, who stands with them today, and will stand with them tomorrow," he added.
His campaign said Thompson strongly opposes abortion, embryonic stem cell research and human cloning.
"He had a 100% pro-life voting record in the Senate and believes Roe v. Wade was a bad decision that ought to be overturned," the campaign added.
"He consistently opposed federal funding to promote or pay for abortion and supported the Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act, the Child Custody Protection Act, and President Reagan’s Mexico City policy," it told LifeNews.com.
Thompson addressed the potential for an endorsement yesterday as he visited early caucus voters.
"These are people who have supported me in times past," Thompson said as he campaigned in Iowa yesterday when he was asked about the potential of the vote. "I think it would be a perfectly natural thing to happen."
"I’ve had a 100% 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. So it would be a perfectly natural thing and very helpful to me, I think," Thompson added.
"I would say I would certainly welcome it. I have been a supporter of pro-life causes," Thompson said. "I have had a 100 percent pro-life voting record when I was in the Senate on all kinds of different issues that would come before the United States Congress."
He said the endorsement would likely send a signal to pro-life advocates across the country that he is a candidate they can trust to support for president.
"In terms of signals, I just think that it would mean that those who look at these matters the most and consider them the most carefully know my record and know me and would be supportive of me," Thompson said.
The senator said no one should be surprised by his pro-life actions if he is elected president.
"That I’m not just coming up with sound bites that sound good to people that are safe and then plan on doing something else once I get in," Thompson said. "I’m telling you exactly what I think we need to do on the front end."