Skip to comments.Fred Thompson Appears to Have No Opinion on Terri Schiavo Euthanasia Case
Posted on 09/14/2007 10:26:10 PM PDT by pissant
The Villages, FL (LifeNews.com) -- The newest Republican presidential candidate appeared to stumble on Friday while campaigning in Florida. Fred Thompson appeared as if he didn't remember the national controversy surrounding the euthanasia death of Terri Schiavo and presented mixed views on whether Congress should have gotten involved.
Terri was the disabled woman whose former husband won a court order to remove her feeding tube and starve her to death.
Before she died from a painful 13 days without food and water, Congress approved a bill by large bipartisan margins allowing federal courts to review the state court's decision allowing Terri's ex-husband Michael to take her life.
Bay News 9's "Political Connections" program asked Thompson if he thought Congress acted appropriately in its attempt to help Terri's family save her life.
"I can't pass judgment on it. I know that good people were doing what they thought was best," Thompson said. "That's going back in history. I don't remember the details of it."
"Local matters generally speaking should be left to the locals. I think Congress has got an awful lot to keep up with," he added.
Responding to their candidate's comments, the Thompson campaign told CBN News that the former Tennessee senator declined to share his opinion because he wasn't in Congress at the time the bill was debated.
"Not being part of the situation, not being in the Senate at that point, he did not want to pass judgment," Thompson campaign press secretary Jeff Sadosky said. "He feels some decisions need to be made by families under state and local government."
David Brody, the CBN News senior national correspondent, says Thompson's not answering detailed policy questions with more specifics could become a problem for him.
"The 'lack of substance' narrative will begin to form if Thompson doesn't move quickly to change the perception," Brody explained. "Rival campaigns will begin to portray him as 'not ready for prime time.'"
Hmmm... maybe Fred’s head is just empty over this issue...
It is possible he paid very little attention to it.
I knew you would, searching don’t mean nothing, I think they even talked about you on it...
here ya go.
Just doing the job fredheads wont.
Thx 4 the seizures.
I would like to see ANY politician’s statement on Waco, Schiavo, Kelo.
Where were the other candidates on this? LOL...
The attacks on Fred just keep getting more and more desperate.
I thought it was Ron Paul until I looked right at it.
tool. you like duncan, right?
Lifenews is just a disreputable internet rag, I know. Next time I’ll post a Maureen Dowd piece to get some cred.
it’s all good. we’re all on the same team when i comes down to it, right?
I’m still waiting for the Fred Hates Puppies story. You know they must be running out of material pretty soon, someone somewhere is writing the puppy story right now.
Frankly, I’m getting tired of it. I’m not a Rudy supporter, but I think we can all learn something from him today with his NY Times ad and go after the real enemy, those joined at the hip with Move-On.org who if winning the White House will owe them a great dept. That should scare the hell out of all of us.
Every single candidate went after Moveon and the dems. (except Paul). SOme, like Rudy and Fred, get lotsa coverage, others don’t. Each man is fully capable and has been smashmouthing the dems. The question before us isn’t “should we bash the democrats”? The answer is: Of course, and always. The question NOW is who has the balls and conservative record that we can trust as our nominee? THere aren’t very many, that’s for sure.
What does he think about the Black Dahlia case?!
Absent minded I suppose...
or the sudden disappearance of Ambrose Bierce?
Terri Schiavo is a "detailed policy question" for a presidential campaign? Thompson wasn't even in the government when the tragic death occurred. Maybe they should ask a candidate who was. Oh, that's right, Hunter doesn't even show up enough to do the job he was elected for and vote so he probably knows less about it than Thompson.
I'm glad Fred doesn't pander to these extremely narrow special interests who want a law passed against every judicial decision they don't agree with. They may be nice compassionate people but they are hardly "conservative" in the classic meaning of the word. Some of them are clearly "social" socialists.
Has anyone asked Fred his opinion on the guilt or innocence of Sacco and Venzetti? Huh?! Sure, he’s talking about immigration and the war and entitlements, but how about whether or not women should have the vote?!?!?
When did "conservative" mutate into "social engineer"?
And then there’s his complete and utter silence on the space race. People going to the moon, and no comment from Fred? Bah!!!
He's representing Fred as the sane, non-pandering candidate--I thought that's what we LIKED about Republicans, that they were grown-ups.
I cannot respond to posts that are garbled, illogical and make no sense.
What ARE you talking about?
So it’s “pandering” to be opposed to murder?
So, it would be “pandering” if Fred came out against murder?
He can’t respond to clear questions and if you represent him you should have a kinder tone.
“I’m glad Fred doesn’t pander to these extremely narrow special interests who want a law passed against every judicial decision they don’t agree with.”I think post 23.
I don't "represent" any candidate. As for a kinder tone, you mean like this? "You should all be fired or button it up quick."
Projection is a true sign of a liberal.
Fred answered honestly, stating he couldn’t pass judgement on the case.
And who cares what the self-anointed “LifeNews” site or CBN thinks?
What a stupid thing for pro-lifers to do - attack a candidate who has stated publicly that he is pro-life.
No, it would be pandering to give this narrow group the answer they wanted instead of an honest answer. Fred gave an honest answer. The Schiavo case was not closely followed by the vast majority of Americans, even though some were deeply and emotionally involved. Those in the legislature at the time knew something about the case because legislation was proposed, although most of them knew little of the facts or complex litigation that had already ensued.
If this group wanted to know Fred's position on guardianships of incompetent, handicapped people, they could have asked him about that. Fred is an attorney and knows better than to make public comments about a specific legal case in which he is not fully apprised of the facts. Non-attorneys would do well to follow this example.
“”I can’t pass judgment on it. I know that good people were doing what they thought was best,” They starve her to death-Hello These are good people?
No one here is “representing” Fred.
No one cares that you don’t like Fred’s church-going habits.
No one cares that you don’t like Fred.
Fred is not going to change just for you.
I for one, could give a rats ass. This story is worn out.
Duncan Hunter all the way!!!
The Fredheads spend all day on this forum demonzing people who don't agree them with 100% of the time, including Senators (Jon Kyl, Saxby Chambliss, Larry Craig, Mel Martinez) with voting records far more conservative than Fred ever was. They rant and rave that we need to throw so-and-so out of office immediately for daring to vote against us on one bill.
But the moment someone questions whether Fred is truly Reagan reincarnate, they cry to the moderators about how unfair it is that everyone is ganging up on poor widdle Fred because we "fear" him.
The Fredheads can dish it out but they sure can't take it.
Are you sure you're old enough to be up this late? Fred was responding to this question:
"Bay News 9's "Political Connections" program asked Thompson if he thought Congress acted appropriately in its attempt to help Terri's family save her life."
Clearly the" good people" who "were doing what they thought was best, were the legislators, not those "They starve her to death (sic)".
It appears that you are so emotionally involved your reading comprehension has been seriously degraded.
Got it.I will tell a few people I know and I disagree about his reps not being here.If you all donât care I donât care.PS.I never said I didn’t like his church going habits-I never said I didn’t like Fred,tell the Truth.Wait You have no opinion.
he is obviously opposed to murder but the local laws in Florida were there to save Terri...the law inforcement officials, including the governor should have jumped in to save her life. Since all of that failed..it is a federal crime to murder someone so I believe the congress or the president should have stepped in. I hope that Fred didn’t realize how conscious Terri was, and therefore is answer was weak.
Guess what-that’s what everyone else thought.Maybe it’s true how do you know, you don’t represent him -He is blessed for that.
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