Friday, July 06, 2007

Fred Thompson

Fred Thompson

Actor in Law and Order and many movies
US Senator (1994-2002)

National Review archive:

Thompson was a moderately pro-choice federalist when he ran for Senate in 1994 and 1996. He opposed banning abortion, while allowing for some restrictions. In the Senate, he had a consistently pro-life voting record. He now takes a pro-life stance.

Foreign Policy
Thompson takes a hawkish line on foreign policy. He voted to authorize the war in Iraq.

Gun Rights
Thompson is generally pro-gun. He was rated 'B-' by Gun Owners of America. He generally voted pro-gun in the Senate, though with some exceptions such as the Lautenberg amendment.

Thompson has a mixed record on immigration. He opposed the 2007 Bush-Kennedy immigration plan. He earlier expressed some skepticism about immigration restrictions. The Americans for Better Immigration analysis of his record shows it to be generally for more restrictions on immigration.

Thompson opposes "gay marriage", but would leave "civil unions" to the states.

Thompson was an enthusiastic supporter of the McCain-Feingold campaign finance reform act, which imposes significant restrictions on political speech.

Thompson supported drilling for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR).

Thompson has been critical of the United Nations. He supports free trade agreements like the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

Thompson received decent ratings from the National Taxpayers Union. He voted for the No Child Left Behind Act, which significantly increased federal education spending. He voted for a version of the Medicare prescription drug benefit.

Thompson supported the Bush tax cuts.

Thompson divorced in 1985 and remarried in 2002.

Relevant Articles:
Fred Thompson On The Issues
Thompson Time?
Cheney With a Drawl
Fred Thompson: Globalist?
Fred Thompson Could Face Fire From the Right
Tennesseans For Choice Questionnaire
Fred Thompson: "Generally" Consistent
Fred Thompson: No Restrictionist Hero
Fred Thompson on Immigration
Fred Thompson's Idea of 'Reform'

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