The purpose of this blog is to support Mike Huckabee, not attack his opponents. However, in response to (more than) a few comments about Fred Thompson as the eloquent savior of the dissatisfied conservative voter, I present the word-for-word, unedited transcript of Thompson's appearance on Hannity and Colmes this morning:
Sean Hannity: When you look at the other current crop of candidates, Republicans, where is the distinction between your positions and what you view as theirs?The truth is that Thompson isn't currently able to distinguish himself from the current crop of candidates. Mike Huckabee has time and time again, bringing an optimistic, results-oriented conservative philosophy.
Fred Thompson: Well, uh, to tell you the truth, uh, I haven't spent a whole lot of time, uh, going into the details of their positions. I will be doing...
[Thompson catches himself and quickly changes direction]
I... I mean publicly. I obviously know where they stand and what they've done and what they've written. And there will be a time when we will need to have a good, uh, debate, if they're interested in debates, and we'll do it one-on-one and we'll do it in a big group, and I really want to do it, and we'll get into that. Right now, uh, I've got a lot of work to do about myself.
Go to Mike Huckabee's website and you will find fresh commonsense ideas to the problems America faces. Go to Fred Thompson's website and you will be hard-pressed to find a position on almost anything.
I'm not saying Thompson is all fluff and superficial, but after waiting so long to get into the race, for him to be so unfamiliar with his opponent's positions (and especially his own) is not just puzzling, it's downright worrisome. No wonder he skipped the debate.
[UPDATE: We have good friends who support Thompson. We're really not just trying to spin this in a negative light on him. To watch the interview for yourself, click here (question at minute mark 1:01).]