As Senator Eric Johnson, and others, try to recruit Fred Thompson to run for President (and I admit that Thompson would be a compelling candidate that would restore a little pizazz to the Presidency), I thought I would actually do a little bit of research into Thompson’s positions on the issues.
In a survey Thompson filled out for Project Vote Smart in 1994 he stated that:
Abortions should be legal in all circumstances as long as the procedure is completed within the first trimester of the pregnancy.
In addition, Thompson told Republican Liberty Magazine that same year that “Government should stay out of it [regarding abortion]. No public financing. The ultimate decision must be made by the woman. Government should treat its citizens as adults capable of making moral decisions on their own.”
Now Thompson says he is pro-life but, also, that the Court should not immediately overturn Roe v. Wade.
In that same interview with Chris Wallace he said that while he is opposed to gay marriage and civil unions, it “ought to be left up to the states.” He further explained:
People are going to have different ideas. That’s why we have states. We ought to give great leeway to states and not have the federal government and not have the Supreme Court of the United States making social policy that’s contrary to the traditions of this country and changing that overnight. And that’s what’s happened in a lot of these areas.
So, he would not support a Federal Marriage Amendment, I presume.
He also supported McCain’s campaign finance reform bill.
I don’t know if Thompson will decide to run, but he sure is having fun right now, that is for sure.