Thompson Won’t Dance With Dobson

Via the Brody File we find out that Fred Thompson does not seem particularly concerned that James Dobson has declared his campaign unacceptable, saying he’s never spoken to Dobson and that unless Dobson is calling to apologize, he has no desire to speak to him.

HANNITY: All right. Let me ask, there’s one controversy — I’ve read a lot, Senator, about your faith and your background. You grew up and went to church that was fairly strict. There was no dancing, no music playing, et cetera. And the last time we spoke, you said your faith is one of the most important things to you in your life.

And yet I’ve got one headline, quote, “Evangelicals Are Turning on Thompson,” and James Dobson said he wouldn’t support Thompson. And having had that conversation with you and knowing a little bit about your background, I was a little bit surprised about that.

F. THOMPSON: Yes. Well, don’t read too much into the Dobson thing. Frankly, that’s the only one I’ve seen that is like that.

HANNITY: The one that — the AP story that had this leaked memo?

F. THOMPSON: Yes, yes. That is the one, that is the Dobson memo. A gentleman who has never met me, has never talked to me. I have never talked to him on the phone. I did have one of his aides call me up and kind of apologize the first time he attacked me and said I wasn’t a Christian.

But I haven’t spoken out publicly and, you know, chastised him for that. I’m not going to. I don’t know the gentleman. I do know that I have a lot of people who are of strong faith and who were involved in the same organizations that he is in, that I’ve met with — Jeri and I, both, have met with. And I’d like to think that we have some strong friendships and support there.

And we talked about things in some detail, some of which I’m glad to talk about, many things, in answer to specific questions, some of which are very personal to me, and I’ve never worn any of that on my shoulder. I have my own relationship to the good lord. And, as I like to say, in my heart of hearts, I know I’m straight with him and I’m on good terms with him, and I’m on good terms with those who love me and those who I love. And the rest of it, you know, I’ll just have to work around that.

HANNITY: Would you want to have a conversation with Dr. Dobson? Do you think that might help?

F. THOMPSON: I have no idea. I don’t particularly care to have a conversation with him. If he wants to call up and apologize again, you know, it’s OK with me. But I’m not going to dance to anybody’s tune.