Thompson: Others Trying to ‘Suppress’ Votes

By Jacqueline Klingebiel

Jan 3, 2008 4:28pm

ABC News’ Christine Byun Reports: At an afternoon campaign stop in Council Bluffs, Iowa, Fred Thompson continued to tell reporters that he believes rival campaigns are spreading rumors that are intended to hurt his chances in tonight’s caucus.

"Totally made up of whole cloth designed to suppress my vote as best they can," Thompson said.

The rumors, that Thompson will drop out of the race if he finishes at or near the bottom of the heap in tonight’s Republican Caucus, are generated from rival campaigns Thompson said. "It doesn’t come from us. It doesn’t come, I’m sure, from the [Senator John] McCain campaign. It comes from others."

When pressed, Thompson would not specify which campaigns he was charging with spreading the rumors. He said he would not talk about "process" when asked about tonight’s caucus results.

During his second event of the day, he turned his nose to the "process" while speaking to the crowd.

"I’m not going to talk about whether the fire in my belly is at 90 percent or 78 percent or anything like that, I am kind of tired of it. I’m not going to talk about it anymore," Thompson said as the 84-member audience clapped.

"If people accept my ideas and me … not somebody I am trying to be, or fits somebody else’s mold of what they think the perfect candidate ought to be, then we can do some great things together," Thompson said.

"If I am not that cup of tea, then there’s plenty of other people who are very ambitious out there that will accept your vote," which drew more applause.

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