Hollywood actor Matt Damon has been backed as a Democratic candidate instead of Barack Obama for next year’s Presidential elections. His passionate critiques of the President’s failings on everything from foreign policy to education have impressed activists.
They also think that, like Ronald Reagan and Arnold Schwarzenegger, the 40-year-old can make the leap from Hollywood to high office. Left-wing filmmaker Michael Moore first made the suggestion that Damon should run for president.
“I think that Matt Damon has been very courageous in not caring about who he offends by saying the things that need to be said here, and if you want to win, the Republicans have certainly shown the way - that when you run someone who is popular, you win,” the Daily Mail quoted Moore as saying.
Damon has a long history of political activism. Like Sean Penn and George Clooney he has called for more aid for Darfur, he speaks out for left-wing causes and has given rousing speeches at teachers’ rallies.
His acting career also suggests he will bring a steeliness to the Presidency that Mr Obama so sorely lacks.
Damon’s most well-known part is that of Jason Bourne, the CIA agent. The son of a tax adviser, Damon was born in Boston and dropped out of Harvard University to concentrate on acting.
Former US president Ronald Reagan was a respected TV, radio and film actor before he entered politics and served eight years as president from 1981. Arnold Schwarzenegger too, was a renowned actor with films like The Terminator before he became the two-term governor of California.
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