Fred Thompson's Indianapolis Fund-Raiser Draws Mixed Reactions 

From the McClatchy Newspapers: INDIANAPOLIS - "I'm with Fred" enticed the placards set up here at the Midwest Republican Leadership Conference at a table touting the non-campaign of actor, ex-senator and possible presidential candidate Fred Thompson.

In exchange for a $250 check, the faithful and the curious could enter a private room to meet Thompson, a political insider playing the outsider who might be the nation's next Ronald Reagan — or might not even run.

Some walked away from the closed-door fund-raiser on Saturday afternoon convinced.

"He looks presidential," said Jeff Cardwell, 47, a conservative Christian lumber and hardware retailer. "He talks about going back to the basics. Putting God first in our country. I think he's the person everybody looks to as being the true conservative of our party."

But many of the party activists attending the conference from a dozen heartland states said they were seriously turned off by what they saw as Thompson's ambivalence about whether to run months after other presidential hopefuls have been hard at it.

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