Fred Thompson on key issues
Thompson voted in 2002 for the resolution authorizing President Bush to use military force in Iraq and has been a supporter of the president's strategy to send more troops to stabilize Baghdad and other areas this year.
Thompson has said he will reserve judgment about the long-term U.S. strategy until after Gen. David Petraeus reports next month on the effectiveness of the so-called surge.
Thompson consistently voted in favor of abortion restrictions during his time in the Senate. A former law colleague of Thompson's said Thompson worked in the 1990s on behalf of a group working to relax restrictions on abortion. Aides have said Thompson may have been consulted by another lawyer in his firm who represented the group.
Thompson opposes a national health care system, but he also voted against medical savings accounts, a policy supported by President Bush. Thompson also opposed allowing patients to sue health management organizations and to collect punitive damages.
Thompson has said he supports making the income tax cuts passed during the Bush administration permanent.
He has said he supports eliminating the tax code in favor of a 23 percent national sales tax, although aides have recently stepped back from that position.
Thompson opposes blanket amnesty for people in the United States illegally, but he also says it is unreasonable to expect officials to round up and deport an estimated 12 million illegal immigrants.
Thompson has said he supports a compromise that would allow illegal immigrants to work toward citizenship without putting them ahead of immigrants who abide by the law.