Fred Thompson Endorsement: Fred Thompson, the 2008 presidential candidate and former U.S. senator from Tennessee, endorsed Newt Gingrich for the GOP nomination on Monday, two days after Gingrich’s stunning upset over Mitt Romney in the South Carolina primary.
“Newt Gingrich is the guy who can articulate what America is all about — American exceptionalism — who can make the case and not just read the talking points or do it off the teleprompter,” Thompson told Fox News’ Sean Hannity. “He can make the case for free markets and our basic case that lower taxes can be good for everybody. Bring about growth, it’s good for everybody. He is not afraid. He is tough. He is experienced.”
Thompson’s endorsement gives an added boost to a campaign that was declared dead on arrival before resurging dramatically — not once, but twice.
The 2012 campaign has become, in many respects, a contest over who can be the most anti-Washington and anti-establishment — many voters who supported Herman Cain saw his lack of political experience as a strength rather than a weakness — but Thompson said that was the wrong way to look at it.
“I don’t think anymore [that] it’s an advantage to be able to say, ‘I know nothing about the operation of the federal government,'” Thompson said. Continue Reading…