Fred Thompson fires back at Huckabee
Did Thompson split S.C. vote in 2008?
- Duration 5:05
- Date Jan 13, 2012
Did Thompson split S.C. vote in 2008?
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As the race for South Carolina heats up many believe it may come down to a split vote because of the large number of candidates in the race.
And that's Governor Huckabee says happened to -- in 2008.
With Fred Thompson listen.
John certainly encourage -- to stay and I think everyone understood Fred knew that he was not going to get the nomination.
I don't blame John don't blame Fred they were good friends many people in the McCain camp has since confirmed you know that he said please stay and I need in South Carolina.
Primarily in the upstate where I have my strength that's you know what that's politics that's what happens it was an honest a good a straightforward political move on his part.
I had to congratulate him -- it but it was very painful exercise.
And it split the vote and joining -- right now with his response is a former Republican presidential candidate Fred Thompson.
Fred tiger mourned his senator good morning sir you are watching you yesterday when -- Mike Huckabee was on this program and he said.
-- -- You will stay in the race because John McCain asked you to stay in the race to split the vote.
So that Huckabee would win and that's what -- -- yesterday and -- -- -- -- is.
Minding my own business Kevin -- second cup of coffee contemplating the election in general terms in the future.
And Mark -- to revisit the campaign last.
It knows what might just say it is is fine except one thing there's not one shred of truth to it.
I think probably Senator McCain asked you to stay in the race senator.
Senator McCain and I'm never had a conversation.
About staying in the race thing colors.
I think he called me the day after Iowa I had to be beating number -- like you know fifteen votes or something in Ireland called him.
-- -- -- demand a recount or something we had a good laugh and talk to him again until after.
South Carolina was -- -- I didn't endorse John until after Super Tuesday.
If -- wanted to hurt Huckabee out of state and in as -- went down to Tennessee in places that or or would have.
Endorsed John -- before them.
So we didn't have a conversation about it we didn't have a conversation with intermediaries.
A person representative represented there was nothing.
Said about -- if you don't mean is certainly you know John that's -- nada us.
And there's probably not a big deal -- I've heard.
Speculation you know for a while and then there's always speculation -- speculation about West Virginia last year when Romney was supposed to win them.
And they were there were saying that you know the reason -- -- -- the last moments goes -- these people on McCain's people got together and threw it to Huckabee and all that.
It's all baloney you know.
Mike Mike's been around long enough -- know not to have not to -- all that stuff too deeply and when he says several McCain people who have come to him and verified it.
Unless you know I haven't -- nothing nothing at all organs.
My comfortably but.
I doubt there are and it and if they did they issued -- -- I know it it apparently is just a little rewriting of history just not unless it's at saint.
You clarifying all that senator let's move on to -- what do you see what what what would you tell a candidates will be four next Saturday's big primary in South Carolina.
Well you know if I -- very much about running.
Office in South Carolina probably would have done better than I did yeah but.
-- -- pretty well.
I'm going down there I'm going down there.
Next -- -- going to be speaking to the party not as in woman's advocate been talking about the pardons -- about the future of the party what we're gonna need to do.
The fact that we are at a turning born in this country in the importance of what they're doing the importance of of this this next election and the future of our country and things of that nation I see at a distance the fact that.
You know -- in a battle royal -- that's nothing.
That's nothing unusual.
I think that.
You know the question they're now has to do with.
With -- business experience and that's it -- Let somehow balance -- me milieu it it's been difficult start taking things off the table and say you.
Can discuss this can't discuss.
I I have a lot of respect for me that he's done a lot of good things.
Like -- emotions there and I like very much his wife and and all that.
But -- you can't unload lose the the unbelievable.
Amount of -- money and negative dividend did and I alone whose colleagues -- them.
Sure implying that they're not fighting -- rules of queen as there is a good point -- -- in South Carolina and what he says.
I don't we got to leave it very much for -- did get a hard on just a couple of seconds here.
Thank you very much sir good to know you watch FOX & Friends -- Thank you -- once there he loved the Pentagon scrambling to contain.