Thompson Stands with GOP Rank and File During First Debate

Source Organization: Pew Research Center

Author: Richard Auxier

10/10/2007 - In a debate dedicated to the economy, former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson, making his first appearance on a debate stage with his rivals for the Republican nomination, stuck to very traditional -- and very popular -- positions among Republican voters.

Thompson received the first question of the debate, and was asked about the outlook for the economy. While saying the short-term economic picture was "rosy," he warned of future problems ahead, and the need to control government spending.

"We are spending money we don't have," said Thompson, who singled out "mandatory spending" (i.e. spending on Social Security and other entitlement programs) as "the fundamental and foremost challenge, I think, facing our country economically."

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