October 16th, 2007
12:23 PM ET
15 years ago

Political dancing with the stars

Oliver Stone pressed John Edwards on the Patriot Act in an interview for Fad In magazine.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - They are already some of Hollywood’s leading men, but can Ben Affleck, Oliver Stone, and Michael Douglas also become the political world’s leading interviewers?

The three Hollywood celebs each recently grilled a leading Democratic presidential candidate for the latest issue of Fade In magazine and hit on a variety of hot-button issues, according to excerpts released by the publication.

Affleck, who has endorsed Barack Obama's White House bid, interviews rival Hillary Clinton. He asks the New York Democrat whether leaving Iraq might increase the terrorist threat there.

"That’s another one of the scare tactics that the president uses," she replies. "We were attacked before we ever went into Iraq. Other countries have been attacked by al-Qaida, or al-Qaida-linked terrorists, in the years since we invaded Iraq. We’re going to be living with the threat of global terrorism, and we’ve got to get smart about how we deal with it.…I just fundamentally disagree with President Bush’s analysis and his continuing beating of the drum of fear as the substitute for reason and understanding of the very difficult options we face."

The two also discuss being parents ("The best thing in the world," Clinton says), aid to Africa, and Affleck's interview skills. ("You're pretty good," Clinton notes. "If you ever got it in your mind to do that, you'd wipe up.")

Meanwhile, famed director and conspiracy theorist Oliver Stone questions former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards over his continued support of the Patriot Act.

"There are still things wrong with it, but there are parts of it that I support. We have to be really [clear for] the readers," Edwards says. "The Patriot Act has nothing to do with Guantanamo, torture [or] illegal spying on Americans. People tend to lump everything into the Patriot Act. There were things in the Patriot Act that needed to be done."

Stone also says he approves of Edwards' favorite movie (The Shawshank Redemption), and the presidential candidate acknowledges he's seen the film "five or ten" times.

Finally, Michael Douglas asks former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson what the most difficult part of running for president is.

"The excessive dependence on fundraising," Richardson answers. "One out of two days I spend on raising funds, either calling donors or going to fundraisers. That, I feel, is very debilitating in this process [of running] for president. It should be that we’re all candidates engaged in debates and talking to voters rather than raising funds."

- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

Filed under: Bill Richardson • Hillary Clinton • John Edwards
soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. Ron, TX

    Hillary Clinton said: "I just fundamentally disagree with President Bush’s analysis and his continuing beating of the drum of fear as the substitute for reason and understanding of the very difficult options we face."

    Isn't that ironic? Just a few days ago she said she was beating the Iran drum to whip up fear in Iran by calling them terrorists. She said she wanted "sticks" to use as leverage in diplomacy. The day after the vote, Iran turned around and deemed the CIA terrorists, as well. Her diplomatic reasoning skills could use some sharpening. She obviously doesn't understand the Iran threat or she would have known that Iran would not be threatened or swayed by her voting for that silly Kyl-Lieberman bill.

    October 16, 2007 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  2. Michael Noonan

    What a brain trust of useful idiots.

    October 16, 2007 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  3. Rodney Dallas TX

    I think Hillary had a brilliant answer. Everyone knows Bush is a liar and she simply pointed it out.

    October 16, 2007 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  4. Anonymous

    Here Hillary Clinton goes talking out both sides of her mouth again! She's just as much a fear monger as Bush has been. She voted to go into Iraq and said there was a connection to Al Queda there when she later said she didn't even bother to fully read the Iraq report.

    Then last week she votes to let Bush go into Iran and declare the Iranian Army a terror group. Way to go Hillary, way to strike a cord with the anti war crowd!

    What I really want to know is why they didn't interview the only candidate actually making sense, Barack Obama? He's been consistantly against the Iraq war, plans to start a pull out immediately, and denounced Hillary's vote on Iran last week. The dude speaks common sense and is smarter than all these other empty suits together!

    October 16, 2007 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  5. Ty Web - Bushwick, NE

    To Rodney,

    Didn't her husband lie? ALL Presidents lie or bend their story.

    October 16, 2007 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  6. Fred Sheapardson

    The government right now is plain old fashioned MAFIA. They are the biggest threat to natioal security that they have ever been. Their lies about science proove. Hiding such things from the polulation, dumbs down the population, while other contries advance, our technology is held under raps to be used by organized crime, and lie about $1000 to surviel our e-mails, and write stuff about flying saucers in the UK, and survielance, flies. We do not live in a george orwell novel, it is NOT the way thigs are, we are free, not s nation surpressed and exploited becuase of fear and lies about our secuirty, and the creation of a private military. We will not stand for our mail system to be data minned, so that torture victims of bioelectromagnetic satalitte systems, can be chosen on e-mail keywords. War on the mafia government, you are putting lives at risk!!!

    October 16, 2007 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |