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Tucker Carlson on Fred Thompson


Last night Carlson aired a bit of Thompson’s interview on Russert and then provided some commentary.

Thompson said:

I thought Roe v. Wade was wrongly decided. I think this platform originally came out as a response, particularly Roe v. Wade because of that. Before Roe v. Wade, states made those decisions. I think people ought to be free, state and local levels to make decisions that even Fred Thompson disagrees with, that’s what freedom is all about. And I think the diversity we have among the states, system of federalism we have, where power is divided between the state and federal government has served us very, very well. I think that’s true of abortion. I think Roe v. Wade hopefully one day will be overturned and we can go back to the pre-Roe v. Wade days.

Carlson’s take on it was that Thompson is pro-choice.

Fred Thompson’s pro choice. That’s what he just said. He said, I think people ought to be free to make decisions even Fred Thompson disagrees with, that’s what freedom is all about. We should overturn Roe but we shouldn’t have a ban on abortion.’ That’s a pro choice position. I wasn’t aware that Fred Thompson was pro choice and he lobbied for abortion group, but other than that, this is news! Is nobody noticing this?

It isn’t clear whether Thompson believes that the law should protect unborn human beings at every stage of their development, so maybe he is, in fact, pro-choice. But Carlson is wrong to suggest that Thompson’s words to Russert provide proof, or even any evidence, that he is. His point was that states should be free to set their own abortion policies, not that women should be free to obtain abortions.