Thompson: Huckabee Using 'Liberal Catchphrase'

ABC News' Christine Byun Reports: Republican presidential candidate Fred Thompson went after his Southern rival, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee Friday.

When asked by an audience member at a campaign event in Spartanburg, South Carolina how he differs from Huckabee, Thompson accused Huckabee of changing his stance on immigration. "Now, he's tough on immigration, tough on the border. We have a bit of a disagreement as to how the present rhetoric comports with past activities,” Thompson said. Thompson also raised his eyebrow about Huckabee stating the US Constitution is a "living, breathing document" during a CNN interview.

Thompson called it a "liberal catchphrase" and said he was confused by the former governor's statement. Later in a written release, Thompson said he "assumed this came from Senator Clinton or Senator Obama."

"[Huckabee]  does not appear to understand that reliance on the notion that the Constitution is a living, breathing document is precisely the kind of wrong-headed thinking about the Constitution that gave us Roe v. Wade," Thompson said in a written statement.

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