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Fred Thompson (photo courtesy Carl Cox photography)
Is America ready for a “Law & Order” president?
Actor Fred Thompson, star of the NBC crime drama, thinks so, and is seriously considering a run for the White House.
“I’m giving some thought to it. Going to leave the door open,” Thompson, a former U.S. senator from Tennessee, said on “Fox News Sunday.” “A lot of people think it’s late already. I don’t really think it is, although the rules of the game have changed somewhat. … I think people are somewhat disillusioned. I think a lot of people are cynical out there. I think they’re looking for something different.”
The 64-year-old Republican who has starred in movies such as “The Hunt for Red October,” “Cape Fear,” and “In the Line of Fire,” said he was thinking about a bid after former Senate Majority Leader Howard Baker and other Republicans touted his possible GOP candidacy, trumpeting his conservative positions.
“Fred was a great conservative in the Senate and a heck of an actor,” said WND reader Bob Morris. “Can we say ‘Ronald Reagan’?”
On the issues, Thompson says he:
Regarding illegal immigration, Thompson said:
We woke up one day after years of neglect and apparently discovered that we have somewhere between 12 million and 20 million illegal aliens in this country. So it became an impossible situation to deal with. I mean, there’s really no good solution. So what do you do? You have to start over. Well, I’m concerned about the next 12 million or 20 million. So that’s why enforcement, and enforcement at the border, has to be primary.
I think most people feel disillusioned after 1986 when we had this deal offered to them before, and now we’re insisting that, you know, we solve the security problem first, and then we’ll talk about what to do with regard to other things – certainly no amnesty or nothing blanket like that.
But figure out some way to make some differentiation between the kind of people that we have here.
You know, if you have the right kind of policies, and you’re not encouraging people to come here and encouraging them to stay once they’re here, they’ll go back, many of them, of their own volition, instead of having to, you know, load up moving vans and rounding people up. That’s not going to happen.
Thompson was elected to the Senate in 1994 to fill the unexpired term of Vice President Al Gore. He was chairman of the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee and left Capitol Hill in 2003 to return to acting.
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