June 12th, 2008
10:48 AM ET
12 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. Larry In Texas

    Welcome Aboard Julio!

    Now if we could only get more Clinton Supporters on board.

    You are suppossed to support the ideas and policies, and not simply the candidate.

    Even Sen. Clinton has said they have more thing sin common than they have differences. If you are truly a believer in the ideas, you would not vot for Mc Cain folks.

    It doesn't get any simpler than that.

    June 12, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  2. Mr. Spock

    Barr and Paul are illogical

    Obama '08

    Live Long and Prosper

    June 12, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  3. Larry In Texas

    IAMWMD June 12th, 2008 12:01 pm ET

    If the Dems spent trillions on US citizens each year Obama is president, they still wouldn't be able to catch up with the Bush Administration's waste of money on tax dollar gifts to the wealthy, big business and his buddies at the Oil companies.

    President Obama will cut all these gifts off and give the money to everyday citizens that deserve them

    Facts that many refuse to address..... pour trillions into fixing another country and fighting a war YEARS after declaring victory.

    June 12, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  4. Russell Hammond

    I'd rather be endorsed by Jack Nicholas.

    June 12, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  5. Jack

    One correction SuperD, the Obama campaign – although they talk about supporting gay rights – don't really like the gays. Trust me. I was at a rally held near a gay bar in Iowa when they had Secret Service remove all the gays from the area so the media could not see them. They didn't want it to look like they were endorsing "that lifestyle".

    Next time, get your facts rights.

    June 12, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  6. Women In California for Obama

    Please don't donate anything to Mr. Obama's campaign.

    June 12, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  7. Nate

    You want the TRUTH!?? You can't handle the TRUTH!!!

    June 12, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  8. Moses, Ca.

    hit the road Jack and don't ya come back no more no more no more no more. Hit the road jack...you get it.

    June 12, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  9. BOBBY

    To Super D

    Amen brother preach on.... Dont forget the Liberals on the Supreme Court today said that terrorists held at guantanamo need to be treated like American Citizens even though they were caught on the battle field during a war.

    Way to libs we can vote for Obama and relive the Clinton years with terror attacks... FUN,FUN,FUN

    June 12, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  10. George

    What a pure smear by CNN. what a shame on a reputed media house of the United States of America. Now CNN resorts to some astrology and bad luck to help Jhon Macain. it is really shameful.

    June 12, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  11. D.J.

    That's hilarious. I just need him to cross party lines and help out Sen. McCain't. Good stuff!

    June 12, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  12. Ty, Minneapolis

    Scary. Nicholson also helps the Lakers, who will eventually lose. I'm sure he'll endorse McCain to help out Obama.

    June 12, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  13. No McSame - No more wars ! - Simply_kris, NE.

    I dont even know how these repubelican fear mongers succeed.I mean, comon – look at the facts.We have almost all the latest advanced weapon systems.Our army is super strong.We have bases in more than 100 countries.Our naval fleets are almost always prepared for possible threats.

    We cant even compare to the terrorist attacks menace that other countries face.

    I ASK YOU, WHAT SHOULD WE FEAR FROM? If at all anyone should be afraid, it must be our enemies.

    What could infact be more dangerous is electing a president who doesnt know/remember his view on things.We(or the world) cannot afford another "war" chanter.Say NO to McOld.

    Ask these War/Fear mongers to shove it up their you know what !

    June 12, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  14. Nia - female from AZ

    He should cut Hillary a check to pay off her debts

    June 12, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  15. Steven

    This qualifies as news? CNN get back to reporting on the issues and leave the nonsense to the tabliods. Arg!!!!

    June 12, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  16. independent voter

    Please, please give big to obama's campaign.

    We do not want a weak, inexperienced person running our great country!

    Or someone with a very annoying spouse.

    June 12, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  17. GOP --Voters are not stupid, please STOP

    I don't know why MCCAIN has not resorted to a senior living in Florida. Hs should be a retired civil servant. He does not have a clue on the WAR, ECONOMY, and his Foreign Policy is based on traveling the world liek a tourist. Even the GOP knows this but its too late to come up with someone else–who? anyway...

    Retire, relax, sit on your rocking chair and rest in peace mccain. Cindy has money you can enjoy in your retirement.

    Of course you are goind down in the polls because you are now obsessed and focused on Michelle and Barack Obama and not on the issues. Learn from the primaries!!!

    June 12, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  18. Moses, Ca.

    DJ...I liked it to...

    June 12, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  19. Chris from San Antonio

    RE: J in Houston June 12th, 2008 11:32 am ET

    Here's a summary of your post and attitude:
    Lalalalalalalalala. Icanthearyou Icanthearyou.

    (best when said as you cover your ears and look away)

    June 12, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  20. Mike, Raleigh

    Sen. Obama is history. He does not even need to donate anything.

    See ya...

    Hillary 2012

    June 12, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  21. hocus pocus.......

    hocus-pocus the democrats are running a voodoo-win campaign. stay real and...........vote mcreal....McCain for Prez

    June 12, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  22. MM

    heh CNN, slow news day? A totally non-story.

    June 12, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  23. Chris from San Antonio

    RE: S. Wright June 12th, 2008 11:38 am ET

    Wow, CLINTON got us into Iraq. I had no idea. I stand corrected.

    June 12, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  24. BruceTX

    can we report on something of more substance?

    June 12, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  25. Barbara

    Why does CNN continue to think that most Americans even care what Jack Nicholson, Scartlett Johannson, etc, think? Movie stars obsession with their own importance is tiresome.

    June 12, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
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