by Jeff Woods
on Mon, Jan 14, 2008 at 3:33 PM
Fred Thompson has released a new TV ad for South Carolina in which he delivers a simple message to all the knuckle-draggers who'll decide Saturday's primary: "I'm a conservative. Always have been. Always will be. I'll fight against amnesty and benefits for illegals. I'll work to keep your taxes low and keep a prosperous economy. I'm 100 percent pro-life, that's why South Carolina Citizens for Life endorsed me. And you can trust me to protect our security against Islamic radicals."
And here's the first really good news for Fred in a while: A Rasmussen poll released today shows Huckabee falling and Thompson rising into a statistical dead heat for second place in South Carolina. Maybe Thompson hurt Huckabee with his criticisms in the last debate.
"Fred Thompson is surging in South Carolina, just as expected," campaign manager Bill Lacy says. "As South Carolina voters focus on Saturday's primary election, they agree that Fred is the true conservative in this race who can bring together the Reagan coalition of limited government and strong national security."
Thompson must either win South Carolina or finish a very strong second to revive his campaign. That Rasmussen poll is the first indication that he might actually pull it off.