Mike Allen sums up Thompson's underwhelming opening:

In South Carolina, a heavily Baptist state, he told reporters at his first campaign stop that he rarely goes to church: “I attend church when I’m in Tennessee. I’m in McLean [Va.] right now.”

He told a woman at a South Carolina rally that he doesn’t plan to talk widely about his relationship with God on the campaign trail, according to Bloomberg news service.

In Greenville, S.C., when asked if bin Laden should be immediately killed after his capture, he said: "No, no, no. We’ve got due process to go through." In trying to fix that, his campaign told Politico that first the government should get as much information as possible, and told AP that he meant "the same rules ought to apply to him as to everyone at Guantanamo Bay."

In Florida, where the Terri Schiavo feeding-tube case was a cause celebre two years ago, Thompson told the Tampa area’s Bay News 9 that he couldn't pass judgment and added: "That’s going back in history. I don’t remember the details of it."

"Due process", I note, now means a series of torture sessions to get information.

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