Back to business on Day 2 of Republican Nat'l Convention

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3TV's Mike Watkiss reports live from RNC

ST. PAUL - Actor-turned-politician Fred Thompson says John McCain's character qualifies him to be president.

Thompson, who dropped out of the GOP White House race, spoke to delegates at the Republican National Convention.

The former "Law & Order" star detailed McCain's years as a prisoner of war in Vietnam.

He also denounced Barack Obama for declining to say when human life begins, although Thompson's own record on abortion is mixed. Obama supports abortion rights, while McCain is opposed. Thompson also is opposed, though he faced criticism during his presidential campaign because he lobbied in 1991 on behalf of an abortion rights group.

Thompson also defended Alaska Governor Sarah Palin. McCain's pick for running mate has been overshadowed by controversies including that her unmarried daughter is pregnant.