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Thompson adds key Christian leader; endorses marriage amendment



Republican Fred Thompson added a well known name to his Florida team today. He received the endorsement of Dr. Gary Cass, Fort Lauderdale resident and a long-time pro-life activist who is the current chairman of the Christian Anti-Defamation Commission.

(For the campaign's full release, read below.)

UPDATE: It appears the Thompson campaign is making a strong effort today to shore up social conservatives. Moments after the above announcement, it issued a statement today saying Thompson supports the efforts to ban gay marraige in Florida. It seems he is following Mitt Romney's lead amid a surge by Mike Huckabee.

"I applaud the work of Florida Coalition to Protect Marriage," he said in a statement. "Their efforts will give the people of Florida a voice on this very important subject. ... As President, I will appoint judges who apply the law, not make it up from the bench.  We should not be held subject to judicially created social policy, and I will use the bully pulpit of the Presidency to defend the institution of marriage."

The Fred Thompson campaign today announced the endorsement of Dr. Gary Gass.

"It is my distinct pleasure to give my personal endorsement to Senator Fred Thompson for President of the United States," said Dr. Cass.  "Fred Thompson's natural style and consistently conservative voting record will distinguish him from the others. This powerful combination has gained him the support of the largest pro-life organization in America, the National Right to Life Committee PAC. In an increasingly dangerous world, our nation needs a proven, conservative leader who will stand strong for America and our way of life. Fred Thompson is that leader."

Dr. Gary Cass is the former Executive Director of the late Dr. D. James Kennedy's Center for Reclaiming America.  As an ordained minister of the Presbyterian Church of America, Dr. Cass is currently Chairman and CEO of the Christian Anti-Defamation Commission.  Dr. Cass has been an entrenched pro-life activist for many years.  In 2002, Gary received the California Life Coalition's Pro-Life Service Award for demonstrated excellence in his commitment to protecting life.

"I am blessed and deeply grateful for the endorsement of Dr. Cass, who is held in high regard by conservative Evangelical Christians across the country," said Senator Thompson.  "I appreciate the confidence that Dr. Cass has placed in me and the ideas I have for our country.  As the campaign heats up, his prayers for me and my family offer us great comfort and strength."

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 2:10pm]


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