June 12th, 2008
10:48 AM ET
7 years ago

Nicholson the kiss of death for prez candidates?

(CNN) - Is famed actor Jack Nicholson's support a kiss of death for Democratic presidential hopefuls?

According to The Washington Post, the Hollywood star picks presidential candidates who have repeatedly gone down in defeat.

Consider his track record this year: The newspaper reports Nicholson made his first foray into the 2008 presidential race by writing a $500 check to Ohio Rep. Dennis Kucinich's campaign on January 10, two weeks before he ended his presidential bid

Nicholson later wrote checks to help both Delaware Sen. Joe Biden and Connecticut Sen. Chris Dodd pay off their campaign debts – both candidates ended their bids in early January.

In late February, Nicholson donated the maximum $2,300 to Hillary Clinton's White House bid. She went on to win the Ohio and Texas primaries days later, though her presidential hopes ultimately came up short.

According to the Post, Nicholson had yet to give to Barack Obama through the end of April.

Nicholson has a history of showing reluctance to the Democratic party's eventual nominee. In 2000, he backed former New Jersey Sen. Bill Bradley over Al Gore, and in 2004 he didn't support a candidate at all until Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry had already wrapped up the nomination.


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama
soundoff (200 Responses)
  1. al

    WHO COMES UP WITH THIS STORIES? PROBABLY BECAUSE THE LAKERS ARE IN THE FINALS AND JACK IS A BIG FAN. BUT WE ALL NO BOSTON IS GOING TO WIN BECAUSE JACK IS PUTTING MONEY ON THE LAKERS.

    June 12, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  2. Ilona Proud Canadian

    Jack you are among my favourite Hollywood Stars, and I don't have very many!

    But Pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeease DON'T ENDORSE BARACK.

    Your track record is not something that Barack needs. Please support McCain!

    June 12, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  3. WILLIS, Texas

    Then Jack should toss his support to McCan't

    June 12, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  4. Anne E.

    Jack, keep your attention on the Lakers instead. If anyone's going to lose anything, let it be THEM.

    June 12, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  5. Venus

    Keep your money Jack! We support Obama and will continue!

    Maybe you could help Hillary with her campaign debt!

    June 12, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  6. rw in ct

    Oh my, Jack, quick, send Obama five bucks via the Internet.

    June 12, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  7. Shanice

    May he never give Barack Obama a dime! :)

    June 12, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  8. Blake

    @Luis

    Trying to help you out. You used the conjunction "or" and you meant "and."

    Here is the corrected statement.

    "Vote McCain and join the insane"

    June 12, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  9. d

    ENOUGH OF CELEBRITY ENDORSEMENTS!! I COULDN'T GIVE A RATS BEHIND WHAT SCARLETT J. OR JACK N. HAVE TO SAY ABOUT THE CANDIDATES. SCARLET'S COMMENTS YESTERDAY WERE JUST RIDUCLOUS. SHE HAS PERSONAL PHONE AND EMAIL CONVERSATIONS WITH OBAMA?? PLEASE STICK WITH WHAT YOU KNOW, LOOKING GOOD FOR THE CAMERA AND KEEP YOUR NOSE OUT OF POLITICS.

    OBAMA SUPPORTER

    June 12, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  10. Ryan

    This is news? He just donates to a lot of candidates, obviously not all will win. Did he donate to Dole in 96?

    June 12, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  11. Carly

    McCain on the other hand... :)

    June 12, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  12. Obama

    By the way . . . The recent aol straw poll – June 6 – 12 shows McCain 55%, Obama 45%, with 10% undecided.

    Go, McCain!

    June 12, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  13. Jaime

    WHO CARES.

    June 12, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  14. Super D

    I am so excited about an Obama presidency!!

    High Taxes!

    Appeasement!

    Terror Attacks!

    Being mandated that I can't turn my AC lower than 72 degrees!

    Spending Millions on a heathcare plan for illegal immigrants!

    Activist Judges on the Supream Court!

    Gay Marriage everywhere!!

    Millions on the Global Warming lie!!

    I JUST CAN'T WAIT!! THIS IS THE GUY WE'VE BEEN WAITING FOR!!!

    OBAMA 08, 12, 16, 20 FOREVER!!

    June 12, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  15. what the?

    is this news?

    come on, cnn... i'm gonna need for you to do better

    June 12, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  16. Russ

    Man, if only Jack hadn't endorsed Kucinich he might have won! Oh, wait... no one but Kucinich himself, and apparently Jack, thought he had a chance.

    Really, though... superstition? "The Jack Nicholson Curse?" I've got it beat – I flip my lights on and off ten times before each election to counteract Jack's bad juju.

    June 12, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  17. Praetorian, Fort Myers

    So gives a crap!!!!
    He can't control his temper...and he's spent a lifetime prostituing his ideals for "what the viewers/public expect.
    Are Americans really so ignorant as to wait to decide their own political alliances for the "cameo/crappolla" of a totally uninvolved actor?
    Unlikely this Bozo's feedback will change the face of the electorate–but good try.

    Let's vote for a candidate who is really representing everyone!!.. Bob Barr 2008...the President who will actually change business as usual in Washington and return the process to voters–not special fiscal/social intersts.

    Whatever you decide Jack-more power to you. But if you believe that a golf club wielding drug addict and filanderer will sway the majority of Americans–you're misguided and under the influence of suspected illegal substance (at least under current laws).

    Drink a toddy...go to bed. Focus on what you do but do not try to influence the majority of Americans who work 50 hours per week trying to keep up with all the government _ _ _ _ ups.

    June 12, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  18. carla

    I don't knowabout all that...but I want to know why Obama is afraid to use his full name? Most former Presidents had no problems using their full names. Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Harry S Truman,Dwight David Eisenhower,John Fitzgerald Kennedy, Lyndon Baines Johnson,
    Richard Milhous Nixon, Gerald Rudolph Ford, James Earl Carter,
    Ronald Wilson Reagan,George Herbert Walker Bush, William Jefferson, and George Walker Bush were not afraid to use their full names. WHY IS OBAMA AFRAID TO USE HIS FULL NAME??? Hmmm

    June 12, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  19. Ian

    That's because Obama is not a very good candidate.

    June 12, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  20. @everyamericans

    slow political news day CNN or maybe it's John McCain who is manning the posting of political ticker today!

    Arrrgh, John McBush is not only confused; he can't even read a telepromter!

    I'm not surprised...he has officially lost his bearings!

    June 12, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  21. Ian

    I heard Obama is running out of campaign money. Will that benefit John McCain?

    June 12, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  22. Beautiful

    Who cares?

    June 12, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  23. Old poop needs your money, Jack.

    All Obama needs is your love and support !

    Obama 08-16 !

    June 12, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  24. bob in L.A.

    Sound to me like Jack actually looks at a candidate and doesn't follow the flow. He may want a Democrat but like most Americans never gets a nominated candidate we can really feel good about.
    Claringly missing from all the donations is Obama – Maybe Dems should pay attention to who he DOES back!

    June 12, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  25. Marie

    Jack it doesn't matter who you support, you are great.

    June 12, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
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