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Fred Thompson came off as a bit feistier in Sunday’s GOP debate on Fox, going on offense against Rudy Giuliani and generally earning better marks than his performance at a forum earlier this month.

Today, however, he’s hitting the “lazy” issue head on, the perception that he is slumbering through the race.

He told the AP, “I’m going to do it the way I want to do it.”

As the AP noticed, “Thompson hasn’t been in South Carolina in more than a month, he scrapped a recent trip to New Hampshire and then canceled a news conference Saturday in Florida.” On Saturday, he talked to a Values Voters forum for just five minutes.

“The mainstream media, with all due respect, likes to concentrate on the process game on a daily basis, and I can’t get caught up in that. I’m going to do it the way I want to do it.”

“I hear all the time about people canceling events and things like that, other candidates,” he said. “They’re not held to the same standard that I am.”

Moreover, he said that his experience as an actor doesn’t necessarily translate to the campaign trail.

“Some experts, I think, probably expected me to be slicker and better-scripted than I am,” he said. “Ironically, I don’t follow a script well.”