September 10th, 2008
04:44 PM ET
6 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. flickdirect.com

    This is like the plot to a bad Disney Movie! "The Ice Princess President"!

    September 10, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  2. William

    Did the AP ask Matt what Obama's qualifications are "in terms of governance"?

    September 10, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    Give 'em hell, Will Hunting.

    September 10, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  4. Jody

    I couldn't agree with you more Darryl.

    September 10, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  5. NOT Obama!

    Not NEARLY as scary as Obama being president!

    September 10, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  6. Jimmy in CO

    Its the absurd doublestandard Obama faces this election. For months we couldn't stop talking about him, he hates America, he's a Muslim, he's a socialist.

    So Palin's stance on......is? Whoa, whoa, thats an attack. I couldn't agree with Matt Damon more.

    September 10, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  7. Joyce

    wow.... predicting death.. are you a tarot card reader Mr. Damon? Or did you just look into your crystal ball? You know what is more scary than a VP with lttle experienc?.... A PRESIDENT WITHOUT ANY EXPERIENCE..

    September 10, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  8. Dan sampson

    What ever matt damon thinks is irrelavant to most people. When did he become an actuary. or is a seer

    September 10, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  9. Rick

    Who cares what Matt Damon thinks. An Obama presidency would be a bad Disney movie too!

    September 10, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  10. Bob

    Matt is doing the thinking for us. Please let us make up our own mind. How may older Supreme Court Justices do we have and older politicians too! What would be worse is President Obama. He really scares me. If he gets elected no one has to die for him to be in charge.

    September 10, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  11. doob

    my sentiments exactly!

    September 10, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  12. Mikey, Scottsdale AZ

    ARE WE ALL ASLEEP ???? W A K E U P A M E R I C A!

    NO MATTER WHAT TOWN YOU LIVE IN, THE MAYOR OF YOUR TOWN IS JUST AS QUALIFIED TO BE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES AS SARAH PALIN !

    WOULD YOU WANT THAT ?

    September 10, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  13. Steve

    Freightening. She is being surrounded right now by Bush advisors. Does anyone really believe if something happens to McCain that she will be the one running the country? The Republican machine in Washington is gleeful at the thought. Just more of the same. No McCain. No Palin. No How. No Way.

    September 10, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  14. The BOTTOM Line......

    I MIGHT AGREE WITH "CELEBS" ALL THE TIME, BUT HE AT LEAST MAKES A GOOD POINT........

    September 10, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  15. DB

    AMEN!

    September 10, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  16. Desmond,Toronto,Canada

    He is correct, I'm scared and I live in Canada.She is unqualified to be president and her nomination is not only dangerous it puts the whole world at risk..

    Obama-Biden

    September 10, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  17. SoCal

    I’m surprised at how the mainstream media are not doing their job.

    They didn’t unveil Bush’s lies when he brought us to war in IRAQ, and now they are just feeding us (and often amplifying) all kind of lies coming from McCain…

    It’s about time CNN and other mainstream media start giving people some real “information”.

    September 10, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  18. M. Damon

    I agree.

    September 10, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  19. Theresa

    Terrifying to a movie star who makes millions and lives a life of luxury, comforting to an everyday person who deals with real issues in the real world.

    September 10, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  20. Bob

    They must have put "The Gilroy" in his kool-aid.

    September 10, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  21. Douglas Marshall Jr.

    Thank you for saying what all of intelligent America feels.

    The news media is perpetuating this craziness for ratings sakes and putting all of our troops in harm's way and CNN is leading the charge to slaughter our young men and women in uniform by failing to challenge the lies and distortions that Palin has issued to the public.

    Scary isn't the word. Criminal is more like it.

    We should boycott the media until they go back to reporting on the issues and leave the sensationalism to the enquirer.

    September 10, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  22. Colo Sprgs, CO

    John McCain's campaign is a disaster, let's just hope it doesn't end up being a disaster for our country.

    September 10, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  23. bobby

    What scares me MORE is Putin walking all over Obama
    He'll wither, on a one on one long before Palin does.
    Why are all Democratic supporters such idiots.
    Damon should stick to acting,if that's what you call it
    Vote for Sarah

    September 10, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  24. Matt Damon

    Stop BS,
    I don't care...

    September 10, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  25. ex republican

    That is correct 100%, not only it would bad for UNITED STATES of America but it could also be disaster for whole world.

    September 10, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
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