September 5th, 2007
10:52 PM ET
15 years ago

Hollywood star backs Giuliani

(CNN) - Rudy Giuliani received a boost Wednesday when Robert Duvall declared he would back the former New York City mayor's presidential bid. Duvall's endorsement came hours before another famous actor, Fred Thompson, announced he was seeking the White House.

"Rudy has consistently proven he's ready to confront tough challenges," Duvall said in a statement released by Giuliani's presidential campaign. "I don't normally get involved in politics, but I think the stakes are too high this election. Mayor Giuliani has the executive experience, proven record and bold vision needed to lead our country. Luciana and I are proud to support him."

Duvall has appeared in such blockbuster hits as "The Godfather," "The Godfather: Part II" and "Apocalypse Now." He won an Academy Award for his role in Tender Mercies.

Giuliani's campaign also noted that Duvall would be holding a fundraiser for the GOP presidential hopeful in the near future.

Thompson, meanwhile, joined eight other Republicans in declaring that he would seek the Republican presidential nomination after testing the waters for several months. The former Tennessee senator and actor skipped a GOP presidential debate in New Hampshire to make the announcement on "The Tonight Show." He is scheduled to provide a longer explanation as to why he is jumping in the race in a video to be posted on his website at midnight.

- CNN Political Editor Mark Preston

Filed under: Fred Thompson • Rudy Giuliani
soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. Cary - Lowell IN

    Im glad to see some of these Hollywood actors and actresses speaking up in favor of conservative candidates. The liberal atmosphere in Hollywood is such that you probably get black-listed if you're not in step with their left wing mindset. So it's good to see some actors putting honor above peer pressure.

    September 5, 2007 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  2. RTH, Bellingham WA

    Excellent. Someone who is not a political expert, and whose only notable quality is that he's famous, has decided he likes Giuliani. I'll worry who Duvall is voting for when I start taking medical advice from Tom Cruise. Congrats to Rudy, though, I'm sure it's impressive to someone.

    September 5, 2007 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  3. Tom, Nashville TN

    Robert Duvall!?

    Oh, it's in the bag now. The rest of the candidates might as well call it quits.


    September 6, 2007 01:07 am at 1:07 am |
  4. Lance in Monrovia, CA

    Mr Thompson asks "what kind of country are our children and grandchildren going to grow up in?"

    It's a good question Fred. I shutter to think of the kind of country you'd like to leave our kids.

    It is a crime, at such a time, to talk about cutting government programs for education, health, etc. while we are languishing due to billions upon billions spent in foreign wars that have eroded our infrastructure almost past the point of no return.

    You are showing how out of touch you are, sir, by ignoring healthcare, ignoring global warming, and ignoring the vast majority of American people that recognize Iraq for the complete lie that it is, was and will be whether you're your parties nominee or not.

    Even in a race of Republican all time lows, you reach lower. You reach only for the convenient sound bite and the "aw shucks" mentality that George Bush so loves. It is as if you are living in a vacuum since Sept. 11, 2001, and have ignored the events and information that have come to light since.

    Would our grandchildren benefit by the continued torture and spying that the current administration has endorsed and you have further advocated?

    Would our children be safer in the womb when you consistantly choose the position on abortion that suits your wallet and your political needs rather than your heart?

    how dare you lobby for a pro abortion group like Planned Parenthood during your time as a Washington Lobbyist, and then turn around now and tell us how staunchly opposed to Roe v. Wade you are and how in your administration it would be immediately overturned.

    This is playing to the stands in the most base, politically pornographic way that I can possibly imagine. You know, as a lawyer, sir, that the President of The United States could never declare such a law totally unconstitutional, it would be up to the states as it is now, but you speak out of political expediency instead of integrity.

    That is your way, and it has been for years, even since you accused Nixon of having the Watergate tapes out of one side of your mouth, when you knew damned well he had them because you called him three days earlier to warn him you would ask the question, because now, like then, you like to hedge your bets.

    I am SICK and TIRED of double speak and politics as usual. I refuse to allow another politician charm his way into the oval office by whispering sweet nothings into the ears of scared, desperate citizens that men like you have convinced are in constant, mortal danger from all sides.

    What you are not telling us, but which you also surely know, is that there is as much danger from internal factors as external, and that no country like our battered Republic has ever fallen due to external forces, they always fall from the internal, the insideuous, the forces like yourself, Mr. Thompson, who can lie with a straight face and blame bad memory or your "everyman attitude" for anything you actually manage to get caught doing.

    I am angry at your careless words. I will not stand by the side and watch you grin and pretend to be an ordinary American when in fact, sir, you are a fraud.

    You were during Watergate, you were when you were lobbying for the very issues you pretend to now abhor, and you will be every time you step onto a stage big or small and tell the biggest lie of all…

    the lie that you care what kind of country our children and their children will grow up in.

    All you care about sir, is the same thing you always have… money, power, and fame.

    Isn't that what all actors are about after all? That, and their own insecurities, which will no doubt excert themselves by the size of the nuclear weapons you'd just love to build, and use, against any enemy that provides profit and motive for further fear mongering to you.

    I wish you luck in your race Mr. Thompson, because you sure as hell need all you can get and if logic, God, and the American people have anything to say in the matter you will be relagated to the dust bin of history next to the neocon hogs that have devastated this country and others.

    September 6, 2007 01:37 am at 1:37 am |
  5. Carter, North Dakota

    Wow a guy who played a Mobster supports a Mobster!!! Prefect!

    September 6, 2007 02:01 am at 2:01 am |
  6. Aaron

    Why does Duvall's political opinion matter at all. The fact that it is a "boost" for any candidate to recieve a celebrity endorsement speaks volumes about our priorities as a nation. Pathetic!

    September 6, 2007 02:18 am at 2:18 am |
  7. Judy Nahtan

    Duvall a hollywood star??? Wow you guys are reaching in your rudy suck ups these days. Thanks for the laugh.

    September 6, 2007 03:51 am at 3:51 am |
  8. Anonymous

    So sad THX 1138!

    September 6, 2007 03:57 am at 3:57 am |
  9. steve albuquerque

    Duvall is just backing Guiliani because he looks like him and wants to play the president in a movie or TV show

    September 6, 2007 04:10 am at 4:10 am |
  10. steve albuquerque

    Too bad for you, Robert – Guiliani will never be president. But maybe you can play Larry Craig in a TV mini series instead

    September 6, 2007 04:16 am at 4:16 am |
  11. Ed,Ellenville,New York

    Duvall is an idiot,Rudy might as well have gotten Tom Cruise's endorsement!

    September 6, 2007 06:26 am at 6:26 am |
  12. Terri, Atlanta, GA

    Duvall is backing Giuliani because they look alike! No other logical reason!

    September 6, 2007 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  13. Amy, TN

    As with Oprah's backing of Obama, I ask you....So? This election is (or SHOULD be) about the issues we face as a country, not who supports who.

    September 6, 2007 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |