Saturday, January 12, 2008

Fred Thompson: the case for less government

Thompson makes case for less government
The Charleston Post and Courier | Robert Behre

Republican presidential hopeful Fred Thompson continued his full-court press in South Carolina Saturday morning by meeting with about 100 supporters in North Charleston and continuing to take jabs at a rival.

While Thompson didn’t name names, his comments at Perkins Family Restaurant echoed what he said in Thursday night’s debate about former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee being too liberal for the Republican base.

“A lot of people nowadays think that we have to be moving away from our traditions of the Republican party,” he said. “Most of the populist rhetoric you hear winds up in bigger government and more government programs. Why else have that rhetoric? I mean, what are you talking about if you’re not leading with the government coming up with the solution? ... The way they interpret compassion is more government. I don’t agree with any of that.”

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