A well-known pro-family and evangelical leader is expressing sadness over Fred Thompson's decision to pull out of the 2008 Republican presidential race, and rebuking fellow conservatives who tried to sink his campaign. Gary Bauer says Thompson was the victim of identity politics during his White House bid.
Thompson supporter Gary Bauer of American Values says the former Tennessee senator's third-place finish in the South Carolina primary, as well as the declining health of his ailing and aged mother, were both factors in his decision to drop out of the race. Bauer, a former Republican presidential candidate, says Thompson's departure is a great loss from a conservative pro-family standpoint.
"He was a good candidate with a great record on the life issue and on other issues we care about," says Bauer, "and I'm saddened that some leaders of our movement attacked him and treated him as if he were the enemy when he is much, much better than most of the candidates who have a chance of getting the nomination."