In an Iowa interview with Roger Simon, Fred Thompson, promises to fight the good fight to keep the Republican Party principled and conservative.
Fred Thompson has a folksy, good old boy persona on the stump, but it may not last much longer.
When I asked him if he is an 11th Commandment man â€” Never speak ill of a fellow Republican â€” he responded, â€œI am more of a 12th Commandment man: Donâ€™t speak ill of them until they speak ill of me. And then really speak ill of them.â€
Thompsonâ€™s stump speech contains the warning that Republicans must â€œstay with our principlesâ€ when it comes to choosing a nominee.
I asked him if that was a veiled reference to Rudy Giuliani.
Thompson made a face of mock horror and laughed.