October 9th, 2007
07:00 PM ET
15 years ago

Romney: GOP race like 'Law and Order'

Mitt Romney took a shot at Fred Thompson's well-known acting gig on a crime drama.

(CNN) - How is the race for the White House like an episode of NBC's "Law and Order?" Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney explained during Tuesday's Republican presidential debate in Dearborn, Michigan.

"This is a lot like ‘Law and Order,’" Romney said. "It has a huge cast. The series seems to go on forever, and Fred Thompson shows up at the end."

Thompson, the former Tennessee senator and former co-star on the long-running crime series, laughed at the jab at his late entrance into the GOP race and the comparison to his television alma mater.

"And to think, I thought I was going to be the best actor on the stage," Thompson said.

- CNN Associate Producer Lauren Kornreich

Filed under: Fred Thompson • Michigan • Mitt Romney
soundoff (19 Responses)
  1. Lisa Ling, Dallas, TX

    Fred Thompson is a joke. I don't think he even seriously wants to be President (unless someone just "gives" it to him). Is he thinking this will boost his marketability in the entertainment industry??

    October 9, 2007 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  2. lavelle Rochester,ny

    Now out of all the things Rominator has said that was the best right there

    October 9, 2007 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  3. Romney's fan

    This was an impressive exchange between the two. One of the best yet.

    Romney 08!

    October 9, 2007 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  4. Robert, Shelton CT

    That was actually funny, not a Romney supporter, but best line of the night by far.

    October 10, 2007 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
  5. bobbysingleton, Philadelphia, PA

    So far, I think Romney is "the best actor on the stage," too. Ronald Reagan was an actor. And, Mr. Romney, you're no Ronald Reagan.

    October 10, 2007 12:49 am at 12:49 am |
  6. Charles, Los Angeles, CA

    Wow. they're both little uppets of the staus quo. No surprise there.

    October 10, 2007 03:06 am at 3:06 am |
  7. Jonathan hunt atlanta, ga

    hey-he's not wearing his obligatory flag pin – why isn't CNN reporting on this?

    October 10, 2007 03:47 am at 3:47 am |
  8. Linda, Lady Lake, FL

    Goodness! Romney should talk about acting. He says whatever will make him look the best in front of the camera. Ask the people of Mass. about his photo-op after the tradegy on The Big Dig or all of the other flip-flops (or do they call them something different if you are a Republican?) that he has had. Actor-Mitt you are in the running for an Oscar.

    October 10, 2007 06:27 am at 6:27 am |
  9. Zulu

    Does anyone seriously think Romney has even half a chance in hell? This guy's a joke!

    October 10, 2007 07:02 am at 7:02 am |
  10. laurinda,ny

    It certainly is. The Republicans are the bad guys and the Democrats are the good ones. He is so shallow that he probably doesn't know that the series has different ones.

    October 10, 2007 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  11. Tom - Dedham, Mass

    Posted By Linda, Lady Lake, FL : October 10, 2007 6:27 am

    Hi Linda, I am from Mass. and can also spell tragedy better than you.

    "Photo-op after the Big Pig tragedy", where did you get that from NPR, MSNBC the DailyKrok?

    If you want to talk about photo-ops, my two disgraceful Senators who fought to get this boondoggle that cost ALL OF US MONEY only showed up when it was time to cut ribbons and get their big heads on the news.

    When that poor woman was killed THEY WERE NOWHERE TO BE FOUND, Romney learned the tunnel design as good as any engineer and he helped get to the bottom of it and at the same time eased our concerns and pointed out the flaws of the workmanship and design.

    Of all the things he did or tried to do while being our Governor (at NO salary), this was his finest hour.

    Romney also fought tooth and nail to get the crooked companies to give money back, fought to merge the hack laden authorities and was rebuffed over and over by the democratically controlled state.

    Now with a Democratic Governor, some think it is now "a good idea"!

    He has always said on abortion that he is against it, but respects a woman’s right to choose.

    Unlike your beloved Shrillary who changes opinion based on venues and the political winds (day to day, week to week...), he has indeed moderated his views over the YEARS.

    Do you think now exactly like you did 10 years, 15 years or 20 years ago, I know I don't.

    October 10, 2007 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  12. Rodney Dallas TX

    Zulu, no, he doesn't stand a chance.

    October 10, 2007 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  13. Harry D, FL

    Yes it was. I've never seen such a big group of fools. You all seemed to be actors and you guys really weren't that presidential. I thought I was watching a talk show.

    You dudes need to address the issues that face this country. In case you don't remember, we are at war. Your sons and daughters are dying every day. Your big business friends are shifting white and blue collar jobs outside the country. Our dollar is falling making food and gas explode in price (yet these aren't counted in inflation for some secret reason). You dudes just really blew it.

    The only guy that interjected and made a statement was Ron Paul. And I don't even know who he is! While you guys were talking about each others mamma and who NY Yankess manager should be, this guy was speaking founding fathers language. I suggest you group of fools learn something or the citizen will judge you guilty.

    October 10, 2007 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  14. Brian, syracuse NY

    No flag pin! Terrorist!

    October 10, 2007 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  15. Dana R. bentonville, AR

    Good for Fred, sounds like he has half a chance if he can laugh off such rediculous comments. I mean really, Mitt is hurthing himself. I think Fred is the sleeper anyhow. At least he's not a democrat drop out, now there is a story, save the internet for real stories.

    October 10, 2007 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  16. Tom Dedham, Mass

    Great line by Mitt. Showing his funny side, minus the fake as hell cackle.

    October 10, 2007 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  17. Buggie, San Diego, CA

    I agree.

    The GOP race is exactly like “Law and Order”…fake and scripted.

    October 10, 2007 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  18. Anonymous

    NOT FUNNY!!! I will vote for Ron Paul. Not the class clown Romney.

    October 10, 2007 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  19. Michael Kozlowski, Ann Arbor MI

    Google "Republican candidates are just characters in a bad TV show"

    October 20, 2007 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |