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Dennis Kucinich Snags Sean Penn ‘Endorsement’

By James Hirsen
December 11, 2007

While giving a speech at San Francisco State University, actor, activist, and part-time journalist Sean Penn let the crowd know that he was not endorsing a candidate for president.

He then proceeded to endorse Democratic presidential candidate and UFO gazer Dennis Kucinich . . . kind of.

“We've got Iowa coming up; New Hampshire on it’s a**,” Penn exclaimed. “Do we sell out for electability?”

Standing in front of a “Kucinich for President” banner, Penn shared with the crowd his thoughts on endorsements.

“I'm not going to tell you who to vote for,” he said, but then exhorted folks to “educate themselves on the Kucinich platform.”

He described Kucinich as “the dominant voice of integrity.” And “the one endlessly determined voice of peace.” And “the most deserving and noble of candidates.” And the most experienced in issues of policy.” And the one who is “the least willing to play into the politics of personal power.”

During his non-endorsement, Penn also spoke of the superficiality reflected in campaign commentary and coverage, although the Kucinich campaign may not have been all that happy with Penn’s line of questioning.

“Is he too short? Does his haircut not appeal? Does he not appeal to the cult of personality?” Penn asked.

And he rhetorically added, “What if the answer is yes?”

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