June 12th, 2008
10:48 AM ET
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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. Ann

    Maybe Jack can bring about a SHINING moment in this campaign.. Hillary supporter voting McCain...

    June 12, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  2. Phil in KC

    At least he's supporting the right party....

    June 12, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  3. K of TX

    Love your work Jack, but please....NO CONTRIBUTIONS!!!

    June 12, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  4. Michelle

    Who cares. Why don't he donate some more money and help Hillary pay off her debt.....

    June 12, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  5. Mata Moros

    Chicanos, Hispanos, Latinos, let's unite behind McCain. Do this for the sake of our country the United States of America. Your children and grandchildren in uniform deserve a commander in chief that supports them and their efforts.

    Chicano father of a United States Marine. Semper Fi.

    Vote McCain.

    June 12, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  6. Richard

    Uhhh, why don't you sit this one out, Jack.


    June 12, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  7. Anna

    I think Jack is one of those if not hillary then mccain dems.

    June 12, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  8. JIM...TX

    As McSame would....this is NOT IMPORTANT:)

    June 12, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  9. An Independent Hillary

    Jack Nicholson for VP!

    Obama/Jack 08

    Heck, draft Jack as an independent candidate!!!

    June 12, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  10. Debby

    At least she shares the wealth with the candidates I praise him for that.

    June 12, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  11. Dem in CA

    Wow, I never realized Jack Nicholson was such a powerful bad luck charm, CNN. Thanks. This is such important news, well deserving being one of only two featured stories on the Political Ticker headlines.


    June 12, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  12. A Dem in November

    Mata Moros: You are about as much a Chicano as I am a Philippine.

    Voting for McCain is voting for the man who voted against the GI bill which would have helped give BACK what Bush, McCain and most of the other Republicans cut back during the past seven years.

    For a party that claims so much loyalty to our troops, they are then ones who have consistently cut back on their benefits when they come home.

    You want to honor our troops, then give them their benefits back. Vote Democrat!

    June 12, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  13. mjc

    CNN.. this is pathetic. its not a slow news day in the real world, two wars, people dying every day, george w. bush and cheney belong in JAIL. report SOMETHING grow a SPINE.

    June 12, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  14. marianna

    Jack! please support Obama now.

    It's not too late for him to lose 😉

    June 12, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  15. ANGIE


    June 12, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  16. USAF

    You Obama supporters are actually quite scary.....Is this a cult you all belong to and when is your Commit coming to take you all away.

    I am very scared for my country that I serve and protect....I remember the Clinton years in the military when we never had pay raises and were not allowed to actually defend our country from terror attcks.

    Still being active duty I know myself and many of my friends will not be staying in if Obama is elected. I only have 5 years remaining untill retirement but will not serve it under Obama

    June 12, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  17. Jim Kiricov

    Hey what do you expect from One who flew over the Cuckoo's Nest?

    June 12, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  18. RTB

    What does it matter? Why are we getting this kind of silly gossip?
    Shame on you CNN.

    June 12, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |

    is it me, or does McCain look like a greeter at Costco or Walmart......

    June 12, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  20. H-ROD

    Not this time if he picks Obama ( Yes Obama can ) !!!!!

    June 12, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  21. Peter in PA


    Please contribute some money to McCain and put that old man out of misery.

    June 12, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  22. Otis in Va

    PLEASE give OBAMA all the mone he wants. I can't stand Obama.

    June 12, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  23. WAKE UP

    and this is important because..........................?

    June 12, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  24. D.C.

    What a waste of space this story is. It just gives those who cannot even use their real names a place to spit their venom one way or the other.

    Celebrities are just people with a lot of money. The only thing that could count is that by supporting Obama, he's not a greedy as most of these weathy folks. That's a good thing.

    McCain is the biggest flip-flopper I've ever seen... he might once have had some respect from me as a maverick, but of late – he's just Dubbya's twin running for Dubbya's third term.

    that shows he has no morals, scruples or self-respect. Or, perhaps, he's just too McMouldy to remember what he used to believe.

    Too bad we don't all have McRich wives and private planes to travel on. Then we wouldn't have to worry about a job, a home, money to buy gasoline, healthcare, constitutional rights to not be tortured or having to serve multiple tours in an illegal and immoral war.

    Donna in California

    June 12, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  25. FEDUP

    I noticed in the blog if you mention Obamas middle name you are somehow creating chaos? Most of us have a middle name, and some even prefer their middle name over their first name. His father named him and we know where he came from. When he was in college his choice was Barry as a first name? I must admit Barry Obama sounds better then Barrack Hussein Obama. Too easy to confuse with Saddam Hussien, or Osama bin Laden?

    June 12, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
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