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[Illinois] Group wants actor, ex-Sen. Thompson to run for president
The Bloomington Pantagraph ^ | June 22, 2007 | Blackwell Thomas

Posted on 06/23/2007 5:07:58 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

SPRINGFIELD — He hasn’t announced if he’s running for the presidency yet but that isn’t stopping a group of Illinois Republicans from backing former U.S. Sen. Fred Thompson for the job.

Members of Illinois Citizens to Draft Fred Thompson gathered in the Capitol on Friday said they expect the deep-voiced Tennessean to announce for the presidency soon and when he does they want the campaign off to a quick start.

To help their cause they have begun urging Illinoisans to go online and register as a Thompson supporter at the group’s website.

Former head of the Illinois Republican Party, Donald “Doc” Adams compared Thompson to Ronald Reagan and said, Thompson’s early poll numbers are encouraging.

“It may not be a groundswell yet for Fred but I sure sense a nice tide rolling in,” he said.

Most polls show Thompson running third amongst Republicans, behind former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and Arizona Senator John McCain. Some analysts are saying Thompson is entering the race late given the tens of millions of dollars he’ll need to raise for his bid.

A former prosecutor, Thompson is also an accomplished film and television actor. His first role was as himself in the 1985 film “Marie.” He is most famous for his role as District Attorney Arthur Branch on the television program “Law & Order.”

Group co-chair Mark Sheldon, who is also a Champaign County clerk, said there are plenty of campaign funding dollars not spoken for by the current field of Republican contenders.

“We think this is the right time for him to get in,” he said before noting the importance of getting support early on. “When this announcement comes and, we anticipate that Sen. Thompson is going to run … the grass roots supporters will have already put their names in a database and we can really hit the ground running.”

When asked about how a Republican might fare in typically Democrat-friendly Illinois, draft group spokesman and former state Sen. Roger Keats, of Wilmette, said voters here might be ready for a Republican.

“Someone like Fred … would have a chance. It depends on how much infighting happens within the Democrats,” he said. “I will let you judge on your own how well the Democratic party works together sometimes.”

Illinois Citizens to Draft Fred Thompson can be reached at www.imwithfred.com.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Extended News; Politics/Elections; US: Illinois; US: Tennessee
KEYWORDS: 2008; campaign; conservatism; democrats; election2008; electionpresident; elections; fredthompson; gop; grassroots; groundswell; johnmccain; juanmccainez; mittromney; politics; progun; prolife; reaganlegacy; republicans; rfr; rudygiuliani; rudymcromney; runfredrun; wwwimwithfredcom
More groups on board with Fred!
1 posted on 06/23/2007 5:07:59 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
He hasn’t announced if he’s running for the presidency yet but that isn’t stopping a group of Illinois Republicans from backing former U.S. Sen. Fred Thompson for the job.

Fred may very well become a good candidate and President if he runs but it would be prudent not to commit to anyone unless and until that person declares their candidacy.
2 posted on 06/23/2007 5:17:17 AM PDT by Man50D (Fair Tax , you earn it , you keep it!)
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To: Man50D

Fred bids fair to become the second Ronald Reagan (an Illinoisan by birth, by the way).


3 posted on 06/23/2007 5:20:39 AM PDT by drlevy88
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
...When asked about how a Republican might fare in typically Democrat-friendly Illinois, ....

STOP right there. Is Blackwell Thomas (or is it Thomas Blackwell??) a student over at ISU. Is the Pantagraph violating child labor laws??

Illinois is not, I repeat, NOT, "typically Democrat-friendly". Chicago Democrat-friendly, you bet. Cook County, uh-huh, but the 'State' - no way. Yeah there's been the occasional hiccup and a Rat gets elected Gov, like now. But 'historically', nope - IL is Red. Heck, just look at the Red-Blue maps from '04 and 2000. It's a sea of Red.

So whomever this Blackwell mope is he certainly doesn't know historic IL politics. I prolly have socks older than him.

(An aside, IIRC all the rat govs that did get elected in my life wound up in prison. Our current rat gov, Blago, will likely go too. The feds (Patrick Fitzgerald) are after him for corruption.)

4 posted on 06/23/2007 6:02:28 AM PDT by Condor51 (Rudy makes John Kerry look like a Right Wing 'Gun Nut' Extremist)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
You know what I find rather odd?

Everyone whines that Fred is just an actor being drafted to run because people want another Reagan.

This is partly true but they never stop to think... He was drafted to be an actor also!

Drafted as an actor, drafted for his Senate seat, and now drafted to run for President.

Do you think there is a reason that Fred is so often chosen as the best for the job?

5 posted on 06/23/2007 6:07:33 AM PDT by Beagle8U (FreeRepublic -- One stop shopping ....... Its the Conservative Super Walmart for news .)
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To: jellybean; Politicalmom

Fred Ping!


6 posted on 06/23/2007 6:15:17 AM PDT by Beagle8U (FreeRepublic -- One stop shopping ....... Its the Conservative Super Walmart for news .)
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To: Beagle8U
Everyone whines that Fred is just an actor...

LOL! We can urge our lib friends to 'support the arts.'

7 posted on 06/23/2007 7:58:15 AM PDT by tsomer
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8 posted on 06/23/2007 8:33:50 AM PDT by Politicalmom ("Mom, I'll be old enough to vote for Fred when he runs for his second term." -My Son. (I'm proud))
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To: Beagle8U

“Drafted as an actor, drafted for his Senate seat, and now drafted to run for President.”

bump!


9 posted on 06/23/2007 8:39:55 AM PDT by sageb1 (This is the Final Crusade. There are only 2 sides. Pick one.)
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To: Man50D

You’re repeat-posting that same meme on every Fred thread.

You are free to do as you like. But quit trying to tell everybody else what they should or shouldn’t do.


10 posted on 06/23/2007 8:53:07 AM PDT by prairiebreeze (PUT AMERICA AHEAD --- VOTE FOR FRED!!.)
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To: Man50D

Mind your own business.


11 posted on 06/23/2007 8:55:32 AM PDT by Politicalmom ("Mom, I'll be old enough to vote for Fred when he runs for his second term." -My Son. (I'm proud))
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To: tsomer
“LOL! We can urge our lib friends to ‘support the arts.’”

True. Fred Thompson 08...Support the Arts.

But in reality he was never an actor but was hired to play himself.

Its one thing for an actor to be type cast to play certain rolls, quite another to be ask to play themselves because they couldn’t find an actor that could measure up to the man in real life.

Can anyone think of when a actor has been cast to play themselves in a film about themselves?

12 posted on 06/23/2007 8:57:21 AM PDT by Beagle8U (FreeRepublic -- One stop shopping ....... Its the Conservative Super Walmart for news .)
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To: prairiebreeze
You’re repeat-posting that same meme on every Fred thread.

I will probably repeat the statement on other Fred Threads.

You are free to do as you like. But quit trying to tell everybody else what they should or shouldn’t do.

It's amazing how touchy people can be with someone who has a different point of view.
13 posted on 06/23/2007 9:47:12 AM PDT by Man50D (Fair Tax , you earn it , you keep it!)
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To: Politicalmom
Mind your own business.

The next President should be everyone's business.
14 posted on 06/23/2007 9:48:25 AM PDT by Man50D (Fair Tax , you earn it , you keep it!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

BUMP!


15 posted on 06/23/2007 10:58:50 AM PDT by stephenjohnbanker ( Hunter/Thompson/Thompson/Hunter in 08! "Read my lips....No new RINO's" !!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Most polls show Thompson running third amongst Republicans, behind former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and Arizona Senator John McCain. Some analysts are saying Thompson is entering the race late given the tens of millions of dollars he’ll need to raise for his bid.

Running third??? He's fast catching up to Rudy, and McCain is dropping like a rock.

As far as being late in entering the race, a lot of people are already sick of the declared candidates. When Fred announces, the money he'll get in his first week of candidacy will be stratospheric.

16 posted on 06/23/2007 11:21:07 AM PDT by Inspectorette
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To: Inspectorette

He’s running first or second in most polls, IIRC. Either these are old stats or the reporter is lying. Wonder which it is? LOL


17 posted on 06/23/2007 11:30:27 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (Fred Thompson/John Bolton 2008)
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To: Man50D

You don’t get to tell the rest of us who to support or when to support him.


18 posted on 06/23/2007 11:53:03 AM PDT by Politicalmom ("Mom, I'll be old enough to vote for Fred when he runs for his second term." -My Son. (I'm proud))
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To: Beagle8U
Can anyone think of when a actor has been cast to play themselves in a film about themselves?

Audie Murphey?

From Wikipedia: Murphy had a successful movie career, including the extremely popular To Hell and Back (1955), based on his memoir of the same name (1949).

19 posted on 06/23/2007 12:05:44 PM PDT by TN4Liberty (Ask any farmer... Good fences make good neighbors.)
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To: Beagle8U
But in reality he was never an actor but was hired to play himself.

Actually he was initially hired to play himself. Not that it matters, but his film credits are:

Marie (1985)

No Way Out (1987)

Feds (1988)

Fat Man and Little Boy (1989)

The Hunt for Red October (1990)

Days of Thunder (1990)

Die Hard 2: Die Harder (1990)

Flight of the Intruder (1991) (uncredited)

Class Action (1991)

Necessary Roughness (1991)

Curly Sue (1991)

Cape Fear (1991)

Aces: Iron Eagle III (1992)

Thunderheart (1992)

White Sands (1992) (uncredited)

Born Yesterday (1993)

In the Line of Fire (1993)

Barbarians at the Gate (1993)

Baby's Day Out (1994)

Celsius 41.11 (2004)

Racing Stripes (2005, voice)

Last Best Chance (2005)

Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World (2005)

Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee (2007)

20 posted on 06/23/2007 12:12:07 PM PDT by TN4Liberty (Ask any farmer... Good fences make good neighbors.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I think he will be the potential nominee by the end of February ‘08.


21 posted on 06/23/2007 12:12:56 PM PDT by no dems (Ted Kennedy's car has killed more people than my gun.)
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To: Man50D
I will probably repeat the statement on other Fred Threads.

At least you admit to your spamming.

It's amazing how touchy people can be with someone who has a different point of view.

As I made clear with my first post to you (but you won't acknowlege of course), you are certainly welcome to your own opinion.

It's you trying to tell others what to do that I find presumptuously annoying. But on further reflection, I seriously doubt that anybody is actually giving what you post a second thought.

22 posted on 06/23/2007 12:23:51 PM PDT by prairiebreeze (PUT AMERICA AHEAD --- VOTE FOR FRED!!.)
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To: TN4Liberty
“Actually he was initially hired to play himself. Not that it matters, but his film credits are:”

That was my point, he only became an actor because he was hired to play himself.

I just thought it rare for that to happen.

I’m not sure if Audie Murphy was an actor before he was in the Military? There is no doubt he was a true war hero.

In that generation there were many actors that served in the military. Big difference from what infests Hollywood today.

23 posted on 06/23/2007 1:03:06 PM PDT by Beagle8U (FreeRepublic -- One stop shopping ....... Its the Conservative Super Walmart for news .)
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To: TN4Liberty
I happened to be watching part of a movie this morning called Law and Order starring Ronald Reagan.

It made me think, "What other conservative actor starred in something called 'Law and Order'?"

24 posted on 06/23/2007 1:07:42 PM PDT by guinnessman
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To: TN4Liberty

I’m wondering why his first movie “Marie” is nowhere to be found. I checked Netflix and Amazon, can’t find it. It was an excellent movie.


25 posted on 06/23/2007 1:17:25 PM PDT by Inspectorette
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To: sageb1
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26 posted on 06/23/2007 3:57:38 PM PDT by barker ( A smile is a curved line that sets things straight.)
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To: Man50D

Why post the same thing over and over?

We all know you haven’t made up your mind yet. Sheesh.


27 posted on 06/23/2007 7:58:02 PM PDT by Shortstop7
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To: sageb1; Beagle8U
“Drafted as an actor, drafted for his Senate seat, and now drafted to run for President.”

The Thompson people need to see this....

28 posted on 06/24/2007 9:23:32 PM PDT by Doofer (Fred Dalton Thompson For President)
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