According to a Mason – Dixon poll conducted over the weekend, Fred Thompson has decisively won South Carolina’s conservative primary vote. Though he hasn’t formally announced his candidacy, former United States Senator Fred Thompson drew 25%, and America’s mayor polled in second at 21%. Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney followed Guliani with 11%, and United States Senator John McCain plummeted to 7%.
In the meantime, Thompson addressed the National Right to Life conference in Kansas City: “…In 1994, I made my first run for the U.S. Senate. I was proud to receive the National Right to Life endorsement. I’ve been with you ever since. You’ve been with me ever since. On abortion related votes I’ve been 100 percent. We’ve had a lot of different kind of issues come up in the Senate from federal funding to stem cell research, Roe versus Wade and the partial birth abortion debate or as former Senator Pat Moynihan of New York used to say it’s more like infanticide than partial birth abortion.You know one of the proudest moments I’ve had as a private citizen was when the President asked me to help Judge John Roberts through the senate confirmation process to become a member of the Supreme Court. Well, now he is Chief Justice John Roberts, and I’m keeping my fingers crossed, but I think he’s going to go down as the best Chief Justice that this country has ever had...On stem cell research, I’m for adult stem cell research not stem cell research where embryos of unborn children are destroyed. It looks to me like there is a lot of promising developments as far as adult stem cell research is concerned anyway and we don’t need to go down that other road.”
Perhaps that is why Darla St. Martin, said of Thompson, “I eyeballed him and listened” and came away satisfied he was anti-abortion, St. Martin said. “The key is how he voted.”
Tony Perkins, president of the influential Family Research Council, said he is confident of Thompson’s anti-abortion credentials. “Record trumps rhetoric,” Perkins said.
Thompson’s opponents may try to attack his rhetoric, but it’s obvious that the voters trust his record.