Thompson: Clinton Playing ‘A Victim’

By Jennifer Parker

Nov 7, 2007 6:15pm

ABC News’ Christine Byun Reports: Prior to flying to his homestate this afternoon, Republican candidate Fred Thompson called in to a local Nashville radio talkshow and did not mince his words about other presidential hopefuls.

The former Tennessee senator was a guest on "The Steve Gill Show," whose host authored "The Fred Factor," a book analyzing Thompson as a potential presidential candidate.

Thompson called former Governor Mike Huckabee, R-Ark., a "good man but … a pro-life liberal."

"He’s right on the pro-life part, but he’s a liberal," charged Thompson. "You look at his taxes in the state, you look at what he said about immigration. You know, he worked against any attempt to control immigration coming in through his home state."

Thompson also expanded his comments on Democrat frontrunner Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., "She’s trying to glide and do the frontrunner thing, with a smile, and you know, be a strong woman candidate when that works for her, and be a victim when that works for her."

For the second time Wednesday, Thompson expressed surprise at former Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s endorsement from Pat Robertson, with whom Thompson claimed he "always had a friendly relationship with"

"People don’t do what leaders tell them to do anymore –- whether you’re talking about politics or anything else –- people make up their own minds about things," Thompson told Gill, brushing off the endorsement. "I don’t know the significance of it."

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