Thompson: Let states decide on gay marriages

Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani and Arizona Sen. John McCain oppose a federal gay marriage ban. Most of the other candidates, including those campaigning aggressively in Iowa such as former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, former

Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and Kansas Sen. Sam Brownback, favor the amendment.

Before heading on a four-hour ride to Mason City, Thompson stopped in Le Mars and greeted the lunchtime regulars at Bob's Drive-In, a burger joint in the Sioux County town.

Greg Mitchell and daughter Amanda Susemihl, both GOP caucusgoers, met Thompson, who sat at their table and chatted for a few minutes as more than a dozen media members hovered nearby.

"I plan to support him," said Mitchell, who was wearing a Thompson sticker on his shirt. "I think he's a strong leader."

Susemihl said she was undecided.

Thompson spent more time with the media today, inviting reporters onto his motor coach for one-on-one and group interviews. The tall Southerner seemed relaxed and charmed the crowd in Sioux City when his 4-year-old daughter Hayden ran onto the stage and grabbed his pant leg.

"That will win him some points," said Carlson, the Sioux City Republican.

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