Thompson Touts His History and Support of the NRA

By Michael Wargo

Sep 21, 2007 12:13pm

ABC News’ Christine Byun Reports: Republican Candidate Fred Thompson said his relationship with the National Rifle Association goes "way back" and touted recent campaign stops to a gunstore and gunshow at the Celebration of American Values conference. 

"When I was in Florida, last week, I went to the gun show, right before the Florida-U-T football game … I should have stayed at the gun show," Thompson joked of the University of Tennessee’s loss in Gainesville, Florida, last Saturday.

He insisted that his "philosophy does not depend on his geography," a subtle dig to his GOP rivals who, Thompson implied, have not had a solid record on second amendment rights.

Thompson – who was introduced by his campaign biopic video – also took questions submitted by conference attendees, stating he believed gun shows were a "part of Americana" and that if elected, he would support the current administration’s position of the second amendment allowing and protecting the rights of individuals to keep and bear arms.

"I think we’re quick on the interpretation of the second amendment," Thompson said. "The Constitution means what it says."

At the end of the speech, Thompson introduced his wife, Jeri, and boasted "she’d make a much better first lady than Bill Clinton."

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