It’s still early in the presidential election game and I’ve obviously been leaning heavily towards Fred Thompson. Until today, the GOP has a few good candidates that I could have been OK with as our next president. But the leader of our nation cannot allow themselves to be manipulated nor manhandled by the press and after the news I just heard about today’s debate, the field has narrowed for me down to only 2 qualified candidates.

Mitt Romney and especially Fred Thompson were the only candidates that balked and in Thompson’s case refused to answer a loaded and manipulative question about global warming.


MODERATOR: Thank you. I’d like to take on a new issue. I’d like to see a show of hands. How many of you believe global climate change is a serious threat caused by human activity?

THOMPSON: I’m not doing hand shows today.

MODERATOR: No hand shows?

THOMPSON: No hand shows.

MODERATOR: And so, is that yes or no for you? Do you believe that global climate change is a serious threat and caused by human activity?

THOMPSON: Well, do you want to give me a minute to answer that?

MODERATOR: No, I don’t.

THOMPSON: Well, I’m not going to answer it.


ROMNEY: How about 30 seconds?


THOMPSON: You want a show of hands. I’m not giving it to you.

MODERATOR: We’ll follow up on that, but what I need to know is, who believes that global climate change is serious and caused by human activity, and then we’ll talk in more detail about it.

Think Progress

I like Fred Thompson’s response and I like Mitt Romney’s chime in. As far as I know all the candidates had 2 hands. If there were 2 related questions then why not go with something like raise your right hand if you believe global climate change is serious and raise you left hand if you think it is caused (primarily?) by human activity?

There are a lot of ways to learn the candidates position on the global climate change, but the single hand show in this case was not one of them. But it is a great way to create a display for the media and I’m glad that at least 2 candidates had the guts not to buy into the press manipulation.

At a post-debate campaign stop, Republican candidate Fred Thompson explained his reason for refusing to answer a debate question by a show of hands, calling it “monkey business.”

“I just decided that I wasn’t going to engage in any of this monkey business that they like to engage us on sometimes — making us look like trained monkeys reaching for peanut or something … 30 seconds is brief enough and when they try to reduce your answer to just a hand raise — I ‘aint going to play that game,” the former Tennessee senator said.

ABC News’ Christine Byun

Go Fred!

Update 12/13/07 – Little Green Football readers agree that Fred Thompson did a bang up job in yesterdays debate. Link to LGF GOP debate poll