Fred Dalton Thompson, former Republican senator from Tennessee, is perhaps best known to the country from his acting roles on film and television.
But before he was the conservative district attorney Arthur Branche on NBC’s “Law & Order” or a rear admiral in “The Hunt for Red October”, Thompson was a lawyer, even serving for the Republican majority at the Watergate hearings.
Thompson entered the race late preceded by staff shake-ups and controversy even before he was a candidate.
But all that may be a distant memory if the actor can deliver the right lines to Republican voters not taken with the candidates who have spent a year or more meeting and greeting them.
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