Video: Fred Thompson on ABC’s This Week 11/18/07

Also, here’s Fred Thompson’s entire interview from his appearance on This Week with George Stephanopoulos (I have to Google his name every time):

Here’s some comments on the appearance from The Caucus:

Fred Thompson (like the other candidates whose chief political experience has come in the Senate) has been asked often whether he was sufficiently prepared for the White House. Specifically, George Stephanopoulos asked on ABC’s “This Week,“ how could he compare it to that of people like Rudolph Giuliani, a former New York mayor, or Mitt Romney, a former Massachusetts governor.

Mr. Thompson seemed to say that he was above that sort of thing. He was a leader, after all, and “managers are folks that leaders hire.”

On his approach to terrorism, Mr. Thompson expressed a preference for military solutions -– he said they would apply to more than half of situations around the globe. But that would not be his only tool, he said, nor would the United States go it alone.

“America cannot carry this brunt alone, nor should they,” he said.

Fred’s got to take the Right to Life endorsement and run with it. He hit a plateau the past month but has a chance to make some gains. At this point, however, it hasn’t translated into any meaningful increase in the polls.


Flashback: “Thompson doesn’t know about Schiavo”:

The St. Petersburg Times gets this out of Fred Thompson on the Terri Schiavo case:

Did he support intervention in the Schiavo case? “Local matters generally speaking should be left to the locals. I think Congress has got an awful lot to keep up with….I don’t know all the facts surrounding that case, I can’t pass judgment on it. I know that good people were doing what they thought was best…That’s going back in history I don’t remember the details of it.”

Not particularly illuminating. The answer seems to lean toward saying the intervention was a mistake (“local matters generally speaking should be left to the locals”). But then it veers off.

He’s still a bit wishy-washy on this issue. During the interview above he states that he would side with Schiavo’s parents, who wanted her kept alive and wanted the case to be heard in federal court. Then right after that he says the issue should have been handled in state courts, which contradicts his first opinion. Splitting hairs at this point.