(CNN) - On the eve of visits to the early primary states of New Hampshire and South Carolina, probable presidential candidate Fred Thompson stopped by his home state of Tennessee on Tuesday to rally supporters.
The actor and former U.S. senator was greeted at the Nashville airport by roughly a hundred supporters chanting “Run Fred Run” and waving “Fred Head” posters.
“I have always run in Tennessee,” said the former senator. “But these times are different, and to have the opportunity to maybe make a difference in the course of the direction of your country - and to be able to provide some leadership - is something you cannot turn your back on,” Thompson proclaimed.
The crowd responded with cheers and a shout: “The country needs you, Fred.”
– CNN Political Assignment Editor Marissa Muller