September 27th, 2007
02:07 PM ET
11 years ago

Hollywood director backs Clinton

Reiner is lending his star-power to Hillary Clinton.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - As a movie director, he put Michael Douglas in the White House in the 1995 hit movie, "The American President." But as a real life political activist, Hollywood mogul Rob Reiner has his sights set on making sure it’s Sen. Hillary Clinton who inhabits Washington’s top address come January 2009.

According to the Los Angeles Times and Variety, the noted director, producer and actor has decided to throw his star power behind the New York Democrat's White House bid and will throw a star-studded fundraiser for her in October.

"Every one of the Democratic candidates is strong, but Hillary is head and shoulders above the rest," he told the Times.

Reiner did not come to his decision lightly, Variety reports. He met with every other candidate running for the Democratic nomination except for former Alaska Sen. Mike Gravel.

"Based on the experience I have had in politics, and I have been on the front lines in a lot of these fights, I came around to realizing that we do need the most experienced and most qualified person to run the country," he told Variety.

Clinton's campaign has not returned CNN's request for comment on the endorsement.

Reiner is one of Hollywood's most politically active figures. The man behind such classic films as "When Harry Met Sally" and "A Few Good Men" was an early supporter of Howard Dean's 2004 presidential bid. He also heavily campaigned for Sen. John Kerry that year when the Massachusetts Democrat won his party's nomination.

But Reiner told Variety his top choice for the White House would be former Vice President Al Gore.

"A long, long time ago, I thought he might get in, but he made it very clear he wasn't going to be a candidate, so I took him at his word and then went through the process of saying, 'Who is the most qualified?' The answer was Hillary," he said.

Clinton and rival Barack Obama have been locked in a battle for Hollywood supporters and their dollars since both candidates announced their presidential ambitions early this year.

- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

Filed under: Hillary Clinton
soundoff (82 Responses)
  1. James, Phoenix AZ


    Conservative Rob Reiner backing Hillary??

    September 27, 2007 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  2. Jo, Atlanta GA

    Iraq war would have cost the US $1 billion to remove Sadan from office..

    September 27, 2007 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  3. A. Thomas, New York, NY

    Rob Reiner has picked a winner. Hillary indeed has experience & qualifications for making responsible changes, and head and shoulders above other candidates.

    America need Hillary to boost up its international reputation and strengthens its domestic economy, health and education, among others.

    Go Hillary go!

    September 27, 2007 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  4. Bob, San Francisco, CA

    Get ready for the "meathead" jokes and "why is this news?" comments.

    Actually, I think this more interesting than most celebrity endorsments since his character did represent the voice of logic and reason against Archie's narrow-minded views. Guess who Archie would be supporting today?

    September 27, 2007 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  5. Sharon, Baltimore

    Hillary voted yes to Lieberman-Kyl, moving us one step closer to an invasion of Iran. She learned nothing from her last vote which sent thousands to their death, and she is head and shoulders above no one.

    September 27, 2007 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  6. Sherri Memphis, TN

    I doubt that CNN will post this. But I wonder where is the outrage? Everyone was up in arms when Oprah supported Obama. I wonder if the response will be the same. Will white people accuse of white people sticking together? Hmm I wonder.

    September 27, 2007 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  7. Ruth Lindemann

    Hilliary's laugh reminds me of the Wicked Witch in the Wizard of Oz.


    September 27, 2007 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  8. Ray, Rochester, NY

    Meathead endorses Dingbat. There's a surprise.

    September 27, 2007 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  9. Tom - Dedham, Mass

    Hey meathead, if you were merely picking this on the most experienced, Biden and Richardson BLOW HER AWAY.

    She is NOT EVEN CLOSE to being in their league in regards to this capetbaggers experience.

    September 27, 2007 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  10. Moe, NY

    Good choice Mr. Reiner! I, also, back Hillary Clinton and will most certainly vote for her in the 2008 presidential election.

    September 27, 2007 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  11. ronnie - knoxville, tn.

    meathead does not follow any of the so-called principals touted by Hillary Rotten and John Edwards; he's another hollywood elitest flying around privately and living in eight bathroom house and as such, meathead cannot and does not speak for the average American.

    how does another hollywood elitist tellus ANYTHING about what Hillary rotten has that qualifies her for President? IT doesn't – and she doesn't

    September 27, 2007 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  12. James Claremont, CA

    Reason #176445 to not for Hillary: Meathead's endorsement.

    September 27, 2007 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  13. Roger - IL

    How is this Newsworthy? Why does this deserve a line on Shame on you CNN. There are a lot of other headlines that are more important than who an actor and director support for President.

    Shame on you again for your biased reporting and support of Hillary Clinton. As the so called leader of the News, you should be more objective.

    Shame on you.

    September 27, 2007 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  14. Bob, Seattle, WA

    Reiner is as relevant as Streisand. NOT. It doesn't matter what they think or who they indorse. They only preach to a very small choir and usually good for turning at least a few good people over to the Republican party. Giuliani/Huckabee for 16 years.

    September 27, 2007 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  15. Maria, Houston

    Looking for a new blockbuster? Oh, that's right, Bill and Hillary are such inspiration! Just check "WAG THE DOG" and "PRIMARY COLORS" ( the book is better than the movie). The question is: Are we ready to stomach a sequel?

    September 27, 2007 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  16. KC, Norfolk, VA

    Suprise, suprise another idiot from LA LA Land backs yet another democratic nominee. Hollywood does not live in the real world, the average Joe does not own a multi-million dollar house and vacation in exotic locations. The average American is struggling to fill their refrigerators to feed their children in the face of soaring gas prices. Nothing aggravates me more than to see a presidential nominee smiling and doing the "Miss America" wave while surrounded by spoiled, narcissistic airheads. When the democrats stop courting Hollywood maybe they will actually get my attention.

    September 27, 2007 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  17. Mary, Beaver, PA

    Who is Rob Reiner but another meathead liberal? I didn't need CNN to tell me this. I could have guessed it.

    September 27, 2007 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  18. Robert, Cleveland, OH

    "Shame on you, CNN" – as usual, these pitiful activists are disapointed whenever they see news they don't like. Hey, DEMOCRATS – the fact you don't like the news don't make it worthless to publish. These are NEWS – and people have the right to know about it. By the way, I know why ultra-archi-liberals don't like Hilary – you're intuitively know that she's so strong as a candidate you won't be able to "lobby" her because you're not the ones who elected her. And stop the crap about her 2002 vote or lobbist comments – it's getting annoying at some point. Mainstream America – for Clinton 2.0

    September 27, 2007 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  19. Amy, Canton, OH

    Cool!!! Hey Rob, not for nothing , but check and see how the boys in "Spinal Tap" feel about the election and get back to us.

    September 27, 2007 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  20. Tired O. This, Tampa, FL

    Heaven forbid we elect someone who's last name isn't Clinton or Bush.

    Just what America needs – more of the same! Go Hillary.

    Jeb, you're next.

    September 27, 2007 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  21. Rico, Dunkirk, N.Y.

    Why is this news?

    A member of the elite Hollywood snobbery backing a Republican – now that would be news!

    September 27, 2007 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  22. J Houston, TX

    Hillary indeed has experience & qualifications for making responsible changes

    Create a list of these things and if you can't come up with 10 items in the blink of an eye, there is a serious problem. Entering politics after middle-age and being an ineffective senator for a few yrs does NOT qualify one for President. Being Bill Clinton's fake wife also does not qualify.

    September 27, 2007 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  23. RJ, SV, AZ

    My best friend's great-great grandma's daughter's son's niece's father's brother's friend's cousin's former roommate endorses Clinton!! Give me the front page syndication I am now due CNN.

    September 27, 2007 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  24. Merriam-Webster

    Meathead: a noun meaning a stupid or bungling person according to me.

    September 27, 2007 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  25. Ron, TX

    Fact: Hillary didn't read the intelligence reports before voting for the Iraq War.

    Fact: Hillary refuses to say that she made a mistake in not reading the intelligence reports and voting for Iraq.

    Fact: Hillary just voted with the Republicans in condemning Iran and moving us one step closer to a NEW war.

    Experience isn't worth anything when you keep digging this nation into a hole. Dick Cheney has LOADS of experience. So does Karl Rove. We need someone with GOOD JUDGMENT. She obviously missed the boat.

    September 27, 2007 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
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