From NBC's Mark Murray
Does anyone else think that Fred Thompson's statement in South Carolina yesterday -- that "we've got due process to go through" in dealing with Osama bin Laden -- sounds a lot like what Howard Dean said back in 2003 about the Al Qaeda leader?
In December 2003, Dean told the Concord Monitor: "I still have this old-fashioned notion that even with people like Osama, who is very likely to be found guilty, we should do our best not to, in positions of executive power, not to prejudge jury trials."
Dean later said he supported the death penalty for bin Laden, but his Democratic rivals pounced on his comment. "If Howard Dean is unsure about Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden, the American people are going to be very unsure they have the confidence they need to make Howard Dean their president," Joe Lieberman said back then.
Once the Petraeus and 9/11 anniversary news subsides, will we see Thompson's GOP rivals go after him the way the Dems went after Dean?