Angelina Jolie’s Endorsement Sought By Obama & McCain
First Published: August 11, 2008 6:29 PM EDT Credit: AP
NEW YORK, N.Y. -- Getting Angelina Jolie to sign onto a film often makes it a guaranteed winner, but can she do the same for presidential politics?
The lush-lipped actress, who, even during this election year, receives about as much press as John McCain and Barack Obama, is currently being courted by both candidates.
But the politically minded actress has yet to endorse either. In a statement given to the entertainment trade magazine Variety, the new mom says, “I have not decided on a candidate.”
Jolie says she is looking at both Obama’s and McCain’s international policies.
“I am waiting to see the commitments they will make on issues like international justice, refugees and how to address the needs of children in crisis around the world,” explains the United Nations goodwill ambassador.
In February, after a trip to Iraq, Jolie seemed to have sided with McCain when she wrote in a Washington Post editorial that her “visit left me even more deeply convinced that we not only have a moral obligation to help displaced Iraqi families, but also a serious, long-term, national security interest in ending this crisis… What we cannot afford, in my view, is to squander the progress that has been made.”
And if she did support McCain, it would be one of those rare occasions when she and her estranged father, Jon Voight, would see eye-to-eye.
Of course, Jolie might be swayed to endorse Obama, who, according to researchers at the New England Historic Genealogical Society, is — believe it or not — her partner Brad Pitt’s ninth cousin. (Obama did concede on the View: “I think he got the better-looking side of the gene pool.”)
Until Jolie makes her official decision, she’ll still remain focused on the two — Vivienne and Knox, that is.
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