Fred Thompson: Wanted to ditch divisive Republican platform in 1996

Fred Thompson: Wanted to ditch divisive Republican platform in 1996

Described as pro-choice It seems Mitt Romney has some competition in the “say-anything-to-get-elected” department. Election central

( Link ) links to a David Brody post ( Link ) which has some choice quotes from lobbyist Fred Thompson in 1996–when he wanted to chuck the national Republican platform.

Thompson wants to change the way the 1996 Republican National Convention is conducted. For starters, he wants to abolish the party platform–just toss the archaic thing away. ‘It’s the most useless device I’ve ever heard of,’ Thompson said during a recent visit to Memphis.”

“Thompson said he opposes making early-term abortions a crime, as some Republicans would like to do with a constitutional amendment. ‘But I don’t think you should bolt on one issue. I’m still not convinced platforms are a good idea. We know what we believe in and I don’t think we need to write it all down in a document,’ Thompson said. The Tennessee Republican, a pro-choice defender in a party with an anti-abortion tilt, is preparing for next week’s convention in San Diego. He 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,’ Thompson said in an interview with The Tennessean published Tuesday.

So if Fred Thompson thought in 1996 that the Republican platform is divisive, when did he change his mind? He’s an actor, so was he acting then–or is he acting now?

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