Martin Sheen, fictional president, announces candidacy for 2008 race

By C.F. Twob
PFP staff writer

Fed up with what he describes as a “lousy list of candidates”, actor Martin Sheen is hoping to do in real life what he has done on a fictitious television drama.

Become a successful president.

Sheen, who played President Josiah Bartlet on the NBC drama The West Wing, and President John F. Kennedy in the miniseries Kennedy—The Presidential Years, announced today in an exclusive interview with Ponderings from Pluto that he will run for president in the 2008 election. He is hoping to obtain the Green Party nomination.

The longtime Democrat and political activist said that all the Republican candidates terrify him, and that none of the Democratic frontrunners impress him.

“[President Bush] has done a terrible job of running this country and has alienated the entire world and even a few planets, and there’s no way I’d vote for anyone on the GOP,” said the 67 year-old Sheen, who was born Ramón Gerardo Antonio Estévez in Dayton, Ohio. “John Edwards is all talk, Barack Obama is far too inexperienced, and Hillary just strikes me and the same old, same old.”

Sheen added: “I played the president for several years on The West Wing, and I honestly don’t think it could be any more difficult.”

If he wins the Green Party nomination, Sheen says he will consider Ralph Nader or Warren Beatty as a running mate.

“America, under even the Democratic control of the House and Senate, is going to hell in a hand basket quickly, and it’s time to do something about it,” Sheen said.


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