Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee criticizes GOP rival Fred Thompson in a new fundraising letter, calling his stance on abortion and gay marriage "disappointing and disheartening."
In the letter, Huckabee states: "This weekend Senator Thompson on 'Meet the Press' said he did not support constitutional amendments to protect life and marriage. Senator Thompson's comments were disappointing and disheartening for those who were expecting him to be a solid voice for conservatives. The marriage and life amendments are critical issues for those of us who have been on the front lines of these cultural battles. Sen. Thompson's philosophy seems to be more 'cut and run' when it comes to these issues, rather than stand and lead.
"I've always supported the passage of a constitutional amendment to protect the right to life. As president, I will fight for passage of a human life amendment. My position on the sanctity of life has always been clear and consistent. No candidate has a stronger record on the sanctity of life than I do. As governor of Arkansas, I successfully led efforts to promote a human life amendment and marriage amendment in my state. For me, it isn't just talk; it's a conservative record of leadership and conviction.
"And unlike Senator Thompson, I never took money to lobby from an abortion rights group, and then tried to say I'd forgotten about it and it was just a lawyer representing a client. Lawyers have a right to say no to representing a client when the client is in the abortion business.
"Senator Thompson's comments also come at a time when many Republican voters are beginning to consider the race for president for the first time. Voters are looking for a president that will stand and lead. They want consistency on important issues such as the sanctity of life. I have always been consistent on this issue and always will because my faith shapes me and my view of the world."
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