I’ve pretty much dismissed former Sen. Fred Thompson (R-TN) as a serious presidential candidate due to his apparent laziness, but I really liked this paragraph from a Washington Post campaign blog (H/T: Instapundit):
Asked about his religious beliefs during an appearance before about 500 Republicans in South Carolina yesterday, Fred Thompson said he attends church when he visits his mother in Tennessee but does not belong to a church or attend regularly at his home in McLean, Va., just outside Washington. The actor and former senator, who was baptized in the Church of Christ, said he gained his values from “sitting around the kitchen table” and said he did not plan to speak about his religious beliefs on the stump. “I know that I’m right with God and the people I love,” he said, according to Bloomberg News Service. It’s “just the way I am not to talk about some of these things.”
It’s nice to see a truly conservative Republican presidential candidate who doesn’t wear his faith on his sleeve to pander to evangelicals. It’s also nice to see a candidate who admits that his values came from the kitchen table rather than the pew, which is I think true of most Americans. Forced to choose between Mitt Romney, Mike Huckabee, and Fred Thompson, I would now choose Thompson any day.