by Steven Ertelt
December 18, 2007
Sacramento, CA (LifeNews.com) — Republican presidential candidate Fred Thompson is doing everything he can to create a strong showing in Iowa and South Carolina to capture the Republican nomination. In doing so, he continues to rack up endorsements from pro-life organizations that say he has a consistent pro-life record on abortion and bioethics issues.
The California Pro-Life Council is the latest pro-life group in Thompson’s corner.
Lawrence Lehr, the chairman of the group’s political action committee, told LifeNews.com on Tuesday that “There are many pro-life candidates in the race."
“But Fred Thompson is clearly the one, consistently pro-life candidate with the ability to win in November. It is important that pro-life voters rally around a candidate that can make a difference," he said.
Lehr said Thompson’s 100 percent pro-life voting record while he served in the Senate made a big difference for his group.
“Fred is reminiscent of Ronald Reagan;” said Lehr, “firm and deliberative, not given to hype and not to be bullied; he is the kind of pro-life President this country needs.”
Lehr said the California Pro-Life Council would engage in a unique strategy for the Thompson campaign there since the state no longer employs a winner-take-all system for determining Republican delegates for a presidential candidate.
"By garnering key delegates here in California, we hope to help Fred Thompson get the necessary margin of victory in 2008,” he told LifeNews.com.
In a statement the Thompson campaign sent LifeNews.com, the senator said he was "blessed and honored" to have the endorsement.
"From the heartland of America, and now coast to coast, right to life organizations have voted to endorse my candidacy," he added. "They know I have stood with them yesterday, I stand with them today, and will stand with them tomorrow."
"They know I have the ability to win this election. They know I believe in the sanctity of life and as President I will do all that I can to do to protect life," Thompson said.
The California group is the latest to back the former actor and attorney and its endorsement follows those of statewide pro-life groups in Minnesota, Vermont, South Carolina, Wyoming, Wisconsin, West Virginia, and New York.
Looking at endorsements from other statewide pro-life groups, former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee has the backing of Georgia Right to Life and Michigan Chooses Life.
Related web sites:
California Pro-Life Council – https://www.californiaprolife.org