Friday, July 4, 2008

Thompson's Right to Life Address Criticizes Obama

ARLINGTON, Va. (CNS) -- Actor and former U.S. Sen. Fred Thompson opened the annual convention of the National Right to Life Committee July 3 with a speech highly critical of Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama and of some recent Supreme Court decisions.

Thompson, who represented Tennessee in the Senate from 1994 to 2002 and made a brief run for the Republican presidential nomination in 2008, said some recent decisions of the Supreme Court "would astound the Founding Fathers who created it" and described Obama as "one of the most inexperienced and one of the most liberal" members of the Senate. "Think George McGovern, without the experience," he said, referring to the longtime U.S. senator from South Dakota who was the unsuccessful 1972 Democratic nominee for president.

Thompson delivered the first major keynote address at the July 3-5 convention at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City in Arlington. Long aligned with the Republican Party, the National Right to Life Committee also had scheduled a keynote talk by GOP strategist Karl Rove and a videotaped message from Sen. John McCain, the presumptive Republican nominee for president.

Source: Catholic News Service

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