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Bruce Willis Supports Gray Davis, Opposes Recall - Awash In Cash
LA Times ^ | 9-19-03 | Dan Morain and Joel Rubin

Posted on 09/26/2003 9:03:32 AM PDT by tallhappy

From LA Times (/18/03 September 19, 2003 Friday Home Edition

SECTION: Main News; Part 1; Page 24; Metro Desk THE RECALL CAMPAIGN; Davis Awash in Cash as Funds for Recall Campaign Dry Up

BYLINE: Dan Morain and Joel Rubin, Times Staff Writers

Excerpts:

On Thursday evening, more than 100 people attended a $1,000-a-head Hollywood fund-raiser for Davis at the Century Plaza Hotel. Guests included Beatty and his wife, Annette Bening, Jack Nicholson, Bruce Willis and other celebrities.

GRAPHIC: PHOTO: STAR APPEAL: Gov. Gray Davis, flanked by actors Jack Nicholson, left, and Bruce Willis, meets supporters Thursday during a $1,000-a-head Hollywood fund-raiser at the Century Plaza Hotel. PHOTOGRAPHER: Anne Cusack Los Angeles Times


TOPICS: Extended News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: California
KEYWORDS: beatty; brucewillis; davis; nicholson; recall; willis
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I saw the photo. It's not available on line.

There's a Willis thread going. Just want to bring some clarity. Don't think of him as a Republican or a conservative.

1 posted on 09/26/2003 9:03:32 AM PDT by tallhappy
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To: tallhappy
What a disappointment! There goes me not watching any more Willis' movies. Jeepers! Also, it states the photo was taken by Anne Cusack. Any relation to the liberal-minded actor John Cusack?
2 posted on 09/26/2003 9:08:25 AM PDT by lilylangtree
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To: Charles Martel
Ping
3 posted on 09/26/2003 9:09:16 AM PDT by tallhappy
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To: tallhappy
That's okay . . . last night on Hannity and Colmes, Chuck Norris endorsed both the recall and Auhnold. Walker Texas Ranger can kick the butt of any Bruce Willis' character's.
4 posted on 09/26/2003 9:11:29 AM PDT by w_over_w (I recommend it to all my friends, and you tell 'em you heard it first on "Roller Derby".)
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To: tallhappy
How can Bruce Willis be here and here at the same time?
5 posted on 09/26/2003 9:12:42 AM PDT by NautiNurse
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To: lilylangtree
But Willis also just did this.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/989928/posts

Actor Willis' $1m Saddam bounty (Go Bruce Go!!)
BBC News | 9/26/03


Posted on 09/26/2003 9:19 AM EDT by areafiftyone


Actor Bruce Willis has performed before US soldiers in Telafar, northern Iraq, and offered $1m (£603,000) to the man who captures Saddam Hussein.

"We're here to support you," the star told troops as he sang a set of blues songs with his band, the Accelerator.

"If you catch him, just give me four seconds with Saddam Hussein," he said.

Willis will next fly south to visit US soldiers in Tikrit - Saddam's home town - before performing two concerts for troops in neighbouring Kuwait.

"Somebody that supports the military like he has and that comes to visit soldiers - that's important to us," said Greg Pagan, from 3rd Brigade of the 101st's Airborne Division based at Telafar.

'Thumbs up'

"It's awesome," said commander Col Michael Linnington. "It's great for morale. "He's a macho actor. Soldiers identify with action movies and action actors. He's a guy's guy."

During an interview Willis said: "Peculiar thing back home is that the liberal media was trying to portray it as a bad war.

"But being over here just a couple of days, seeing how well our troops and the allied troops are being received here, (I) think the Iraqi people are happy we're here," the Hollywood star said.

Willis will also visit troops in Kuwait

"Children are being taken care of, starting being inoculated, starting being looked after. Wherever these guys go they get thumbs up. They no longer have to contend with the terrorist leader," Willis said.

But the star later admitted he had not met many Iraqis because he had been travelling the country by helicopter.

Willis, a Republican party supporter, was one of the few celebrities to publicly back the US' stance during the recent war on Iraq, which was led by President Bush.

Willis recently played a US special forces commander sent in to rescue medical staff in war-torn Nigeria in the film Tears of the Sun.

6 posted on 09/26/2003 9:13:19 AM PDT by finnman69 (!)
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To: tallhappy
Maybe he will run for a high office with an R ? He would find a ton of support from the ArnieBots.
8 posted on 09/26/2003 9:14:41 AM PDT by Afronaut (All Liberals are Evil: R or no R)
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To: NautiNurse
I can understand some being against the recall on the grounds they think it is being misused.
9 posted on 09/26/2003 9:14:41 AM PDT by finnman69 (!)
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To: tallhappy
Bruce "Dufus" Willis. Liberals can't do action movies.
10 posted on 09/26/2003 9:17:13 AM PDT by RightWhale (Repeal the Law of the Excluded Middle)
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To: William Creel
You're right, Bruce Willis entertained our troops and has not used his stardom to spout off. Supporting Davis isn't the same as attacking America verbally. Stupid maybe....
11 posted on 09/26/2003 9:18:14 AM PDT by MontanaBeth (USA-its enemies are my enemies-foreign or domestic.)
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To: lilylangtree
Please don't throw him out yet!

Bruce Willis is very supportive of our troops and was in Iraq just a few weeks ago!

He also bought out the entire supply of Girl Scout cookies from his daughter's troop and sent them to the military in the ME. While his poitics is flakey, for me, that buys him some grace.

tia

12 posted on 09/26/2003 9:20:00 AM PDT by tiamat ("Just a Bronze-Age Gal, Trapped in a Techno World!")
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To: tallhappy
That's odd. He's in Iraq now blasting the "liberal media" attacks on the mission we're doing in Iraq and he's performing for troops there. What's going on with this Gray Davis function? I can't believe it until I actually see the photo myself. You saw the photo, not available online? Can't you make it available online and provide it yourself. Was it in the paper or what? I have a hard time believing it without more proof as Bruce Willis and Schwarzenegger actively campaigned for GHW Bush when he was getting maligned by Hollyweird in '92 and have always been outsiders with their politics there. I'd like more evidence because I question this report of Willis supporting Gray Davis.
13 posted on 09/26/2003 9:22:03 AM PDT by bushfamfan
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To: tiamat
OK,...... so he's a "nice" socialist democrat........
14 posted on 09/26/2003 9:23:27 AM PDT by Squantos (Cum catapultae proscriptae erunt tum soli proscript catapultas habebunt.)
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To: William Creel
I'm not going to get upset with Willis over this.

I agree. He's supporting our troops. That's the important thing. He may well like Gray Davis [gag], or he may simply be sucking up to a producer of an upcoming film - something like that. Either way I give him a pass.

15 posted on 09/26/2003 9:24:04 AM PDT by Coop (God bless our troops!)
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To: NautiNurse
How can Bruce Willis be here and here at the same time?

Look at the dates. The anti-recall fundraiser was last week.

16 posted on 09/26/2003 9:24:19 AM PDT by tallhappy
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To: Afronaut
Maybe he will run for a high office with an R ? He would find a ton of support from the ArnieBots.

Exactly.

17 posted on 09/26/2003 9:25:02 AM PDT by tallhappy
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To: finnman69
Thats what I was thinking,too.
18 posted on 09/26/2003 9:26:26 AM PDT by fml
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To: Squantos
No, he's a guy who supports our troops. And that weighs a lot with me.

Besides, I am not going to boycott every thing or every one that people on this board call to boycott. If i did , i would be living in a cave and eating rocks. . I boycott what I feel is most important.

Tia

19 posted on 09/26/2003 9:26:47 AM PDT by tiamat ("Just a Bronze-Age Gal, Trapped in a Techno World!")
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To: bushfamfan
If you "don't believe it" you are goofy.

It's an LA Times photo. We can't post it here anyhow.

I don't have a registration to see if it is at their web site.

IT's real. His support for Davis is real.

His visit to Iraq is commendable. People should just realize he is not a totally whcked out leftist like much of Hollywood. But he's not a conservative Republican.

20 posted on 09/26/2003 9:28:00 AM PDT by tallhappy
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To: fml
Jesse Ventura is very much against the recall on the grounds it is being misused. He certainly is no Davis supporter. he also does not want to support Arnold for this reason. Ventura also hates the GOP as much as the RATS.
21 posted on 09/26/2003 9:31:32 AM PDT by finnman69 (!)
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To: tallhappy
A lot of the people opposed to the recall oppose it because they have already paid off Davis and don't want to have to pay off a new governor.
22 posted on 09/26/2003 9:35:56 AM PDT by LarryM
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To: tallhappy
Bruce Willis didn't really save all those people at the Nakatomi towers.

That was a character he played.

The real Bruce Willis supported Gray Davis and publicly put himself against the recall.

However you paint it, his stock just dropped dramatically IMO.

23 posted on 09/26/2003 9:37:10 AM PDT by Taiwan Bocks
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To: NautiNurse
Exactly. Isn't Willis in Iraq right now???
24 posted on 09/26/2003 9:37:19 AM PDT by rintense
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To: tallhappy
I was for McClintock.
Then hi numbers languished.
He took money from foreign nations.

Then I went to Ahnold.
Conservative Fiscalality “r” after his name maybe Calif can be with Bush in 06.

I see McClintock will stay the course ala Perot.

Now I am voting for no recall.
To keep Bustamente from implementing Mecha (again I am against foreign nation influence)

I have a question.

Driving down the road with your family a drunk illegal alien is driving on the wrong side of the road threatening your family’s safety.

Do you pull over or play chicken cause your right and the drunk illegal alien is legally and morally wrong?
25 posted on 09/26/2003 10:16:35 AM PDT by Kay Soze (If punch card voting is not legal than Davis is not the Gov and Gore did not win California!)
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To: Taiwan Bocks
Maybe Darrell Issa inspired Willis to oppose the recall?
26 posted on 09/26/2003 10:17:50 AM PDT by ambrose (SCHWARZENEGGER: I totally agree with you, Cruz.)
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To: tallhappy
Many Conservatives think Davis should win this because the people of California should not get a "do-over". They voted for him and now need to live with their mistake for the next 4 years.

I believe this is a reasonable and defensible position.

28 posted on 09/26/2003 10:23:22 AM PDT by ProudGOP
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To: ProudGOP
Why shouldn't they get a "do over", as you call it ? They put it into their laws decades ago that they could do it. They have the perfect right to.
29 posted on 09/26/2003 10:28:33 AM PDT by BSunday
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To: tallhappy
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30 posted on 09/26/2003 10:33:30 AM PDT by DoctorZIn
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To: w_over_w
Willis has not only lost his hair...he's lost his brains too.
31 posted on 09/26/2003 10:34:21 AM PDT by smiley
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To: BSunday
They put it into their laws decades ago that they could do it. They have the perfect right to.

Yes, they do have the right.

However, I for one would like them to feel the pain of electing liberals to every statewide office for a good long while.

One other thing. Anyone who thinks changing the governor is going to instantly fix the mess in California is a fool. The liberal whack jobs in the State Congress are the biggest problem although Davis certainly contributed to the problem.

So another pretty good, in my opinion, reason to oppose the recall is that a Republican Governor will have to make unpopular decisions over the next 4 years and in so doing, becomes a convenient scape goat for the problems. The people in the state will forget it was liberal Democrats who caused the mess and Californians will continue to vote liberals into office.

Willis has always struck me as a smart guy. It is quite possible he is against the recall for these legitimate reasons.

32 posted on 09/26/2003 10:45:55 AM PDT by ProudGOP
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To: ProudGOP
One other thing. Anyone who thinks changing the governor is going to instantly fix the mess in California is a fool. The liberal whack jobs in the State Congress are the biggest problem although Davis certainly contributed to the problem.

That, in a nutshell, is the best synopsis I have heard on the true effect of the recall. It is symbolic at best.

33 posted on 09/26/2003 10:48:34 AM PDT by BSunday
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To: Kay Soze
You should vote yes on recall no matter what.

It damages the dems to have Davis removed.

Bustamante winning mitigates this damage but only slightly.

Recalling Davis is much more important than who wins and takes his place in finally making in roads to end the Democrat monopoly on power in CA.

I am not scared of Bustamante. We are recalling Davis and if Bustamante wins we will deal with him as well so that he will be ineffective and powerless. We are on offense. Don't get scared now.

34 posted on 09/26/2003 10:53:34 AM PDT by tallhappy
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To: BSunday; ProudGOP
One other thing. Anyone who thinks changing the governor is going to instantly fix the mess in California is a fool. The liberal whack jobs in the State Congress are the biggest problem although Davis certainly contributed to the problem.

Yes.

That is why electing Schwarzenegger or McClintock is not as important as recalling Davis.

The recall is the key to harming the dems.

Even a Bustamante win does not compensate for that serious blow.

35 posted on 09/26/2003 10:56:39 AM PDT by tallhappy
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To: tallhappy
I thought Bruce was a conservative. Guess the Hollyweirdness got to him.
36 posted on 09/26/2003 10:58:48 AM PDT by MEGoody
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To: MEGoody
I thought Bruce was a conservative.

That's my point. I think he is more conservative (or less liberal) than most of the Hollywood elite. But people project too much on any celebrity who isn't a total left wing anti-American whacko.

I'm worried he'll run as a Republican next.

37 posted on 09/26/2003 11:05:02 AM PDT by tallhappy
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To: William Creel
I am wit' you!
38 posted on 09/26/2003 11:06:05 AM PDT by TheGunny
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To: tiamat
Your entitled to your opinion........
39 posted on 09/26/2003 11:07:01 AM PDT by Squantos (Cum catapultae proscriptae erunt tum soli proscript catapultas habebunt.)
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To: tiamat
Im wit' you too!
40 posted on 09/26/2003 11:07:08 AM PDT by TheGunny
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To: Squantos
That's right!

:-)

Tia

41 posted on 09/26/2003 11:16:08 AM PDT by tiamat ("Just a Bronze-Age Gal, Trapped in a Techno World!")
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To: TheGunny
Thanks!

;-)

Tia

42 posted on 09/26/2003 11:17:06 AM PDT by tiamat ("Just a Bronze-Age Gal, Trapped in a Techno World!")
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To: w_over_w
last night on Hannity and Colmes, Chuck Norris endorsed both the recall and Auhnold.

Darn, I missed that. FOX really has some superb current event andpolitical programming in the evening. It's no wonder CNN has become a has been.

43 posted on 09/26/2003 11:19:44 AM PDT by 1Old Pro
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To: 1Old Pro
It's no wonder CNN has become a has been.

That's right . . . and besides, they don't play golf at CNN.

44 posted on 09/26/2003 11:25:52 AM PDT by w_over_w (I recommend it to all my friends, and you tell 'em you heard it first on "Roller Derby".)
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To: tiamat
Yes, Willis obviously means it when he says he "supports the troops". But actions speak louder than words. There are plenty of folks out there who say they "support the troops" because if they didn't, they'd be drawn and quartered. Willis has proven he's sincere, but I saw 10 monkeys on stage last night who could swear on the Bible that they "supported the troops", and I'd be jumping to not get hit by the lightning bolt that was on the way. Just because someone says they "support the troops" doesn't mean they do. But then again, Willis obviously does.

That said, I'm greatly disappointed in him. He's been my favorite tough guy actor for a long time now...but I guess that's gonna change.

Scouts Out! Cavalry Ho!

45 posted on 09/26/2003 11:41:24 AM PDT by wku man (Bucs 31, Atlanta 10...oh how sweet it is!)
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To: w_over_w
That's right . . . and besides, they don't play golf at CNN.

Really, now that's downright despicable.

46 posted on 09/26/2003 12:31:38 PM PDT by 1Old Pro
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To: wku man
I agree. Actions speak louder than words.

i supposrt our troops, and i am active doing that, although usually in samll ways, with our school, our 4-H group and staying in touch with family and friens who are in, or who have someone who is. I also spread information.

I see Willis doing things for our guys.

He's not just "talking the talk", unlike so many, who think all you have to do is display a flag or wear a lapel pin. , (bringing to mind some of our elected officials! ) Bruce is doing stuff.

So me? I'm not gonna write the guy off. He cares about people I love and acts on it.

FReegards,

Tia

47 posted on 09/26/2003 12:37:04 PM PDT by tiamat ("Just a Bronze-Age Gal, Trapped in a Techno World!")
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To: tallhappy
I always thought of Bruce Willis as some sort of half-liberal, half-libertarian type who sometimes likes to be seen with Republicans and Conservatives like Schwartzenegger and Limbaugh.
48 posted on 09/26/2003 12:40:31 PM PDT by pawdoggie
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To: finnman69
I have an older relative in California who is a big Republican, but he's against the recall, too, just on grounds that it's a bad precedent. As much I love the idea of ditching Gray Davis (and how could anyone have been stupid enough to elect him in the first place, let alone reelect him?), I can kind of see his point. It has emboldened all sorts of idiots to try to recall everybody.

The idiocy ranges from Democrats trying to recall President Bush to supporters of our unlamented former Dallas police chief, Terrell Bolton, passing around petitions to try to recall our mayor, Laura Miller, for firing his worthless butt. After all, all he's done is preside over botched arrests and firings that have cost us millions in lawsuits and made us a laughing stock, allowed our crime rate to reach #1 in the nation, and arrogantly refused even to meet with his superiors to discuss it. Then when he was finally fired, he spent the past month on TV, crying like a little girl with a bee sting, which I'm sure filled the criminal element with fear and respect for our police department. Any white man with his record would've been on the unemployment line ages ago. But his supporters claim he was only fired because he's black, so now they're trying to recall the mayor.

That is definitely a bad side effect of the California recall: it is encouraging morons to make even bigger public fools and nuisances of themselves than they already were.

49 posted on 09/26/2003 12:58:04 PM PDT by HHFi
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To: tallhappy
It could be personal - weren't he and Arnie and Stallone? all partners in the "Planet Hollywood" venture?
50 posted on 09/26/2003 12:58:37 PM PDT by Let's Roll (And those that cried Appease! Appease! are hanged by those they tried to please!")
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