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Thursday, 24 January 2008

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Straight talking actor Glenn Ford today endorsed Rep. Ron Paul's bid for the Republican Party's presidential nomination.

"He's the only politician I can support. He's got the record to show he backs up what he says and none of the others can be trusted" declared Ford, who is considered to be among Hollywood's "royalty" and is most known to older moviegoers. His last major film role was Superman, in 1978.

Ford also scored a hit with the 1970 made for television drama Brotherhood Of The Bell which dealt with a conspiracy which runs the world.

The Paul campaign has been criticized for attracting many conspiracy theorists, and Ford was asked if his role in Brotherhood Of The Bell could bring more controversy to the Paul candidacy. "That was a movie,fiction; this campaign is for real. Besides, can you look at the idiot we've got in the White House right now and tell me we are in charge?"

It has long been rumored that many well known film and recording artists are planning to endorse Paul's candidacy, but because the Super Tuesday presidential primaries will be held on February 5, many analysts question whether such late endorsements can help propel Paul to the nomination.

Ford's press conference seemed designed to hint that more endorsements were coming. Standing alongside Ford were actors Kurt Russell and Drew Carey, and magician Penn Jillette, all longtime Libertarians.

Also in attendance was Dina Ruiz, wife of Clint Eastwood, another famous libertarian.

When explaining his reasons for backing Paul, Ford also displayed the hard bitten personality that is his trademark.

"When I started my film career, you used to hope you'd get a good role playing some heroic statesman, some good and decent politician. Nowadays, the only way any actor can do that is in a comedy. The people we have in office today are either monsters, cheats or just plain fools.

Ford, who died in 2006, didn't know how much active campaigning he'd be able to do. Gesturing to Russell, Carey and Jillette Ford mused "these guys are all in a better position to help, and I hope they get off their butts and do something to help this country."

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