These words, in particular, are going to come back to haunt him:
"The ultimate decision on abortion should be left with the woman and not the government."
Thompson wrote that sentence on a candidate survey form for The Tennessean newspaper in 1994, the year he first ran for the Senate.
In the same year he wrote answers to a similar candidate survey for the Eagle Forum: "I do not believe abortion should be criminalized. This battle will be won in the hearts and souls of the American people."
These nuggets are being mined from Thompson's official Senate papers on deposit at the University of Tennessee.
Of course, now, to hear him tell it anew, he's a born-again pro-life Republican conservative who wouldn't countenance abortion on a two-lane blacktop in darkest Vermont.