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Thursday, July 12, 2007

John Deeth Blog: Fred Thompson: Who Needs A Platform?

Excerpted from this post at John Deeth Blog

As an undeclared candidate, Fred Thompson hasn't been in debates and
doesn't have the immediate pressure that his rivals face of having to
take actual stands on issues. But one page in his back story suggests
issues are, well, not such a big deal to him. Conservative news outlet
CBN did the digging and found that in 1996, Thompson wanted the
Republican convention to do away with the party platform. "It's the
most useless device I've ever heard of," he told a Memphis paper in
April. In August, a week before the convention, the AP described
Thompson as "a pro-choice defender in a party with an anti-abortion
tilt," and quoted the senator: "(Thompson) said the party must avoid
distracting issues and focus on electing Bob Dole as president. 'We
need to concentrate on what brings us together and not what divides
us.'"

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