September 10th, 2008
04:44 PM ET
10 years ago

Damon rips Palin, calls her 'terrifying'

Matt Damon does not approve of Palin.

Matt Damon does not approve of Palin.

(CNN) - Admirers say Sarah Palin's compelling narrative and working-mom credentials helped land her a spot on the Republican presidential ticket, but Hollywood star and Obama supporter Matt Damon said Monday the Alaska governor's story more resembles a "really bad Disney movie."

In a blunt interview with the Associated Press, the star of the Jason Bourne film series also said there was a good chance John McCain would die in his first term in office and the thought of a President Palin is "terrifying."

“It’s like a really bad Disney movie - the hockey mom…from Alaska, and she’s the president, and it’s like she’s facing down Vladimir Putin and using the folksy stuff she learned at the hockey rink. And it’s absurd, it’s totally absurd, and I don't understand why people aren’t talking about how absurd it is," Damon said.

"You do the actuary tables, there's a 1-3 chance if not more, that McCain doesn't survive his first term and it will be President Palin," Damon also said, adding later "I think there's a really good chance Sarah Palin could be president, and I think that's a really scary thing, because I don't know anything about her, and I don't think in eight weeks I am going to know anything about her.”

Palin's selection 11 days ago to the GOP ticket has drawn record crowds to McCain campaign rallies and generated a wave of enthusiasm among the base of the party. Damon told the AP he viewed the pick as a purely political one.

"I know that she was a mayor of a really, really small town, and she's been governor of Alaska for less than two years - I think the pick was made for political purposes but in terms of governance it’s a disaster," he said.

Damon and longtime friend Ben Affleck endorsed Obama last year and have been vocal in their support of the Illinois senator. The two also attended a $1,000 per-person fundraiser for Obama in Miami last month.

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soundoff (328 Responses)
  1. Mark, B'ham., Al.

    Matt, I am more affraid of the democrats' and Obama's plans to change us to a European Socialist/Welfare State (Which our Founding Fathers woulddisapprove of) than I am Gov. Palin. As far as dying their odds are all the same because when it is your time to go it is you time whether you are President or an actor in the toilet!

    September 10, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  2. yeswecan

    after all this loud noise, I am still trying to figure out – WHO IS SARAH PALIN ????
    What are her credentials?? . That insane guy just picked her to try and get Hillary votes. Sorry, Mccain, Hillary supporters are not stupid!!

    September 10, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  3. Palin Rules

    Pumas, thanks for your help but we will win without your help. Palin will be president in 2012.

    September 10, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  4. andy in oxford

    excuse me, but why is this news? will it be politcal-ticker-worthy every time anyone with remote name recognition says anything negative about a campaign?
    cnn, there is SO much more important stuff to cover in this election. looking down through the ticker, no story is about the issues at stake or how any candidate will fix them. you choose to cover mudslinging, campaign stops, rumor, and endorsements.
    this is silly. i'm sick of the way the media covers this election.

    September 10, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  5. mama4obama

    I absolutely agree 100%

    September 10, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  6. George

    Sarah Palin does not represent anything we have grown to expect in our Presidents. Frankly, I think she lacks the intellectual pedigree that we should expect in our President. Nothing in Sarah Palin's family epitomizes the values and ideals of excellence we strive for as individuals. How do we tell young boys to go to college, with a first husband as a college dropout. As President her family values agenda would certainly not be reflected in her family. I don't expect a President to be perfect, but I certainly expect them to reflect values I can strive for.

    September 10, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  7. Katy

    Well Matt... this is how the rest of us all feel. The thought of this woman running our country is indeed scary. Unfortunately, the rest of us are not famous, so we are reduced to these blogs to get our voices heard.... and that's if CNN decides to post our comments.

    September 10, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  8. You are so right!!

    Yes, Matt I totally agree!!! This is disgraceful!!

    September 10, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |

    THANK YOU Mat Damon for saying it! It's true, and I appreciate you acknowledging the white elephant in the room.

    September 10, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  10. Othello Cato

    That's the only reason we are supporting McCain. Our prayers shall be answered and he will die and we will have Palin as president. Finally, we will truly have a conservative president in the white house.I have no doubt that she will not be afraid to nuke Iran.

    September 10, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  11. Mike - MD

    Plain and simple. No sexism or partisan influence – well maybe a little. But the point still stands that if McCain should fall, who's shadow will she stand under when she has to face other world leaders? For all the appointed democrats that represent the common American – well these are the things the common American thinks and says – why don't you guys bring these up? Thanks Mr. Damon.

    September 10, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  12. BKMC

    It is real, this situation with an old man running for president and a VP coming from nowhere is scary, please God we will be saved from that disastrous situation after 8 years of failure inside and outside under a republican government and a republican congress.

    September 10, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  13. Change for 2009

    I respect Palin fas a working mother and as a woman. I how-ever am skeptical in case McCain "kicks the bucket" and she is to lead our Nation. She isn't fit for presidency and no amount of "coaching coaches" can make one a leader. You are either born with it or not.

    September 10, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  14. Jaison Biagini

    i agree 100%, but mccain is also scary because he has shifted so far to the right to get elected. i've always voted democrat in pres election, but the 2000 john mccain could have won my vote. but this version is scary.

    now we see a report that fairly clearly states that oil speculators had a huge impact on gas prices. we don't need to drill baby drill, we need to reform baby reform!! that's obama.

    keep talking matt. i know everyone likes to bash hollywood but that is the best business in the USA as far as trade goes. we bring in billions with movies and dvd's but speent very little on imports.

    September 10, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  15. CVA

    When did Damon become a political commentator? While everyone has the right to voice an opinion, I wish the "news" media would stick to reporting news and not trying to turn movie stars into political experts.

    September 10, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |


    September 10, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  17. Amy from MI

    Finally, a voice of reason. Why aren't more government leaders, party officials, talk-show hosts and news anchors talking about this subject? It's because McCain would prefer us to talk about non-issues, like the "lipstick on a pig" remark. Palin is not someone we should be betting our futures on.

    September 10, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  18. Pucky18

    Damon is a problem, not Palin! Poor Donkey!!!!

    September 10, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  19. Edgar

    Who cares!

    September 10, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  20. One side just insults the character of the man

    Oh yeah!!! Here come the righty-tighties yelling sexism in 3, 2, 1,....

    September 10, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  21. Tim Davis

    If Damon's afraid Palin isn't qualified, shouldn't he be REALLY concerned Obama is even less qualified?

    September 10, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  22. Danny - Northern VA

    Matt Damon is an educated man. This is not advanced logic, this is common sense. He hits the nail on the head.

    September 10, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  23. Alabama Hill's / for McCain

    Obama is nightmare on elm st!

    September 10, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  24. DwayneL

    Funny, I know as much about Mrs. Palin as I do about Mr. Obama and he has no more experience than she does. Mr. Damon should stick to watching movies.....movies that I will not be watching!

    September 10, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  25. WC CA

    who cares what Matt Damon thinks!! He's only an actor – nobody important except to himself. This is not news and is a waste of space.

    September 10, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
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