Fox News story here: (link)
A major endorsement by prominent pro-life group National Right to Life Committee was just given to Fred Thompson. There has been much speculation about who the group would endorse. With the endorsement, Fred Thompson is able to shore up his pro-life credentials, something which he had been criticized on, and potentially reach out to the one-issue voters who might not otherwise have supported him. This also has the potential to cause other pro-life leaders (i.e. James Dobson) to follow the lead of the NRLC.
The endorsement is a major disappointment for supporters of Mike Huckabee, who arguably has the strongest pro-life record of the Republican candidates. The endorsement once again raises questions of whether or not the endorsements are based solely on principle or if electability is the deciding factor. This campaign season, it appears that the number one issue on the minds of most individuals and groups is keeping Hillary Clinton out of the White House, even if it means endorsing a candidate who does not coincide with the stated values of the individual or group.
For more on this, check out my previous post. (link)
note: The official endorsement will not take place until tomorrow, so hopefully I will get to eat my words and the NRLC will change their mind and Huckabee will land the endorsement.
Edit: The NRLC did not change their mind and the endorsement was made official this morning. It will be iteresting to see if this endorsement translates into better poll numbers for Senator Thompson.