Thompson: ‘I’ve Been a Busy Boy!’

Jan 11, 2008 10:52pm

ABC News’ Christine Byun reports: At a Mt. Pleasant, S.C., BBQ rib joint, Republican candidate Fred Thompson drew his biggest crowd of the day, forcing overflow supporters to listen from the parking lot.

More than 200 people squeezed inside the Sticky Fingers restaurant to hear the former Tennessee senator, who continued to chip away at his fellow Republican candidates.

"It seems that some people don’t like to have their records talked about," Thompson said. "Sorry to disappoint them."

Thompson drew comparisons with all major GOP candidates — and was not shy about referring to them by name. He started by needling former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, whom he criticized for supporting a national smoking ban and receiving an endorsement from the National Education Association.

"I pointed out that Senator [John] McCain was wrong in his position on the immigration bill. I’ve taken on [former] Mayor [Rudy] Giuliani as far as his sanctuary city policy in the state of New York and [former Governor] Mitt Romney who had a bill for health care in Massachusetts he was touting, but when he came to have a national healthcare plan, he had to change it all up, because what would sell in Massachusetts wouldn’t sell in South Carolina," Thompson said.

Thompson grabbed a lot of applause and laughter tonight while cracking several jokes. When he mentioned his two young children, the boisterous crowd responded with more clapping and whistles.

"Been busy, Fred," called out a man from the audience.

"I’ve been a busy boy!" Thompson smiled as he dove into a story about his daughter.

After he finished his event, supporters spilled into the parking lot and crowded around his campaign bus as the candidate signed autographs and posed for pictures.

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