Fred Thompson was interviewed this afterhoon by CNN’s John K ing on The Situation Room. Transcript highlights follow…
On being able to compete despite a late entry into the presidential race
FRED THOMPSON, FMR. SENATOR: We’re going to be getting in, if we get in, and of course we’re testing the waters…We’re going to make a statement shortly…
But with the ways that we have to communication today in the modern era, there’s no question that we can do that. And most importantly, we can have a ground game that’ll get out everybody in Iowa.
On Roe v. Wade and a gay marriage amendment
KING: Would you a President Fred Thompson actively push a presidential amendment banning gay marriage. Would a President Fred Thompson actively push to overturn Roe. V. Wade. What are the answers to those questions?
THOMPSON: Yes, yes, I think that with regard to gay marriage you have a full faith and credit issue. I don’t think one state ought to be able to pass a law requiring gay marriage, or allowing gay marriage, and have another state be required to follow along, under full faith and credit. There’s some exceptions and exemptions for that. Hasn’t happened yet, but I think a federal court very well likely will go in that direction, and a constitutional amendment would cure that.
I think Roe v. Wade was a bad decision…It shouldn’t have happened. It ought to be reversed.
THOMPSON: I think we’re making progress there. I think we have to come to terms with the fact that Iraq is only a part of a global problem that’s going to be with us for a while. It’s going to take a lot of time, effort and money. We need to face up to that fact, because the security of America for the next generation depends on it.
On dealing with Washington “chatter” that he was a “lazy” Senator
THOMPSON: Well, if I have critics in Washington it’s not going to come as a surprise to me. I’ll have more by the end of this campaign. Proof’s in the pudding. I think that’s curable.