Thompson Debate Tantrum: ‘Monkey Business’

Dec 12, 2007 11:48am

ABC News’ Christine Byun Report: At a post-debate campaign stop, Republican candidate Fred Thompson explained his reason for refusing to answer a debate question by a show of hands, calling it "monkey business."

"I just decided that I wasn’t going to engage in any of this monkey business that they like to engage us on sometimes — making us look like trained monkeys reaching for peanut or something … 30 seconds is brief enough and when they try to reduce your answer to just a hand raise — I ‘aint going to play that game," the former Tennessee senator said.

During this afternoon’s debate, the GOP candidates were asked to raise their hands if they thought climate change was a serious threat caused by human activity. Thompson spoke up saying he didn’t want to answer without time explain himself.

Thompson says he’s gearing up for the next two weeks leading up to January 3rd.  When asked by reporters about his chances in the Iowa caucus, Thompson said he believes voters are "beginning to pay attention" now to the elections and feels he will be in "good shape."

"The real campaign is just beginning," Thomspon said.

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