Fred Thompson Blasts Mike Huckabee on Abortion, Constitution Comments

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jan 18, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
January 18,

Washington, DC ( — Presidential candidate Fred Thompson is going after Mike Huckabee for comments the former Arkansas governor made about his support for a human life amendment to the Constitution. Huckabee characterized the Constitution as a "living, breathing" document — using code words normally associated with pro-abortion judges.

Huckabee talked with CNN on Friday about his views.

He said he has been outspoken on the issue of a human life amendment, which has been in the Republican platform since 1980.

"I’m one of the few Republican Party candidates who actually supports our party platform on that," he said.

He said abortion is one of just two areas "where I believe we ought to amend the Constitution right now. But I do believe we should and settle this issue of having 50 states running around trying to decide what’s right and what’s wrong in relationship to the sanctity of human life and the dignity and worth of people."

"The Constitution and the genius and brilliance of it was that it was intended to be amended," Huckabee said.

He rattled off a list of the current amendments that he feels were important.

"The Constitution is a document — it’s a living, breathing document written in order that it could be changed," Huckabee explained.

"Life is something that we always treasure," Huckabee added saying that the founding fathers meant for all people to be treated equal. "Now if we really believe that … then we would understand that no one person is more equal than another, therefore there is no such thing as a life unworthy to be lived because someone has deemed it less than equal to another life."

Fred Thompson’s campaign sent a statement saying the former Tennessee senator took issue with Huckabee’s used of the term "living, breathing document."

"Frankly, I assumed this came from Senator Clinton or Senator Obama," Thompson said.

"It is identical to what Al Gore said when he was running for President in 2000, when he said he would look for judges ‘who understand that our Constitution is a living, breathing document, that it was intended by our founders to be interpreted in the light of the constantly evolving experience of the American people,’" he added.

"Now I know Governor Huckabee was talking about amending the Constitution, but I don’t think he understood that he was using code words that support judicial activism," Thompson explained.

"He does not appear to understand that reliance on the notion that the Constitution is a living, breathing document is precisely the kind of wrong-headed thinking about the Constitution that gave us Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion across our nation," Thompson added.

"I do not believe the Constitution is a living, breathing document. I am committed to appointing strict constructionist judges to the bench if I am elected President, strict constructionists who believe the Constitution has a fixed meaning that can be applied to cases that come before the courts today," Thompson said.

Thompson said he feared "this loose language about our Constitution calls into question Governor Huckabee’s appreciation and understanding of the issue of judicial activism and raises questions as to what kind of judges he would appoint were he to become President."