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Moments After Fred Thompson Pledged To Be Uniter, Not Divider, He Started Attacking Democrats

Reported by Ellen - September 7, 2007 -

After skipping the Republican debate Wednesday night, Fred Thompson got a double-segment of softball questions from Sean Hannity, only, at the top of the Hannity & Colmes hour last night (9/6/07). Thompson complained that the debates offered no opportunity to really discuss issues, then spoke in generalized sound bites for the rest of the interview. He could not even explain what distinguishes him from the other Republican candidates. He repeatedly talked about the importance of being a united country, pledged to make us one, then used that as a club to attack Democrats. With video.

The Hannity & Colmes webpage promised that Thompson would answer tough questions.

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In reality, Hannity didn't ask any tough questions and Thompson didn't answer most of what he was asked.

In Part 1 of the interview, Hannity asked for the distinction between Thompson’s positions and those of the other Republicans.

Thompson was unable to answer. “To tell you the truth, I haven’t spent a whole lot of time going into the details of their positions. I mean publicly. I obviously know where they stand and what they’ve done and what they’ve written. And there will be a time when we will need to have a good debate, if they’re interested in debates… and we’ll get into that. Right now, I’ve got a lot of work to do about myself… If I do what I’m supposed to do and if I’m in synch with the American people and if I have the priorities that they think should be our nation’s priorities, it doesn’t matter what any of these other guys say or do because taking a position is an important thing. But you also have to ask, where’s that person been before? How does that compare with where he is today? And more importantly, where will he be tomorrow when the strong winds blow?”

Say what?

Hannity also asked Thompson why he decided to run for president.

Thompson answered that he’s running because he loves his country and is concerned about its future. He said, “I’m determined that we become a stronger, not a weaker nation and a more united, not a more divided nation, and a more prosperous nation, not less prosperous and those bad things are a distinct possibility if we take the wrong path.”

Approximately one minute later, he started the attacks on Democrats. “I think it’s ironic that the Democrats seem to want to embrace the western European model of more taxes, more regulation and bigger government at a time when countries like France and Germany seem to be coming back toward our traditional model even more.”

In Part 2, Thompson’s attacks on Democrats became even more perncious - and divisive - as he accused them of harming the country and making it more vulnerable to terrorism. Speaking about the upcoming report from General Petraeus, Thompson said it should be regarded as good news. But, he added, “If you’re politically committed against this war, and to do something to try to further harm the president the way the Democrats seem to be – and Congress – then anything that’s a mixed message is going to be seized upon in a negative way… If we look weak and divided in this country, we’re going to pay a heavy price for it in the future. We’re living in the era of the suitcase bomb. And they’re not gonna go away. They’re here now, they’re armed and dangerous and they’re trying to get weapons of mass destruction.”

Thompson skirted the issue of Iran. He said it was becoming “more and more obvious” that the country is becoming “a major, major problem.” But Thompson offered no specifics. He said vaguely that military strikes should be the last option but that nothing is off the table.

Rather than probe for more information or trying to pin Thompson down, Hannity, who has been salivating for war against Iran - for other people to fight, goaded Thompson into being more bellicose. “So that means that America must have a plan and prepare for possible military action if they’re on the verge of getting nuclear weapons?”

“Yes,” Thompson said compliantly.

Then he used his “uniter” philosophy to attack Democrats again. “(The Iranians) perceive us as being weak. They perceive us as being divided. And they think they can get away with anything.”