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George Will on Fred Thompson

Not moved by — largely on campaign-finance reform grounds. But George Will also has compared Giuliani to Thatcher and Reagan , so he’s probably not looking for another guy.

This is how Thompson handled that issue on his Fox News Sunday interview a few weeks back:

WALLACE: On the other hand, you have taken some stands that conservatives may not like. For instance, you voted for John McCain’s campaign finance reform.

THOMPSON: I came from the outside to Congress. And it always seemed strange to me. We’ve got a situation where people could give politicians huge sums of money, which is the soft money situation at that time, and then come before those same politicians and ask them to pass legislation for them.

I mean, you get thrown in jail for stuff like that in the real world. And so I always thought that there was some reasonable limitation that ought to be put on that, and you know, looking back on history, Barry Goldwater in his heyday felt the same thing.

So that’s not a non-conservative position, although I agree that a lot of people have interpreted it that way.

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