April 9th, 2009
04:24 PM ET
14 years ago

Montel Williams wants to run for office

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/04/09/art.montel1.gi.jpg caption=" Montel Williams wants to run for office, he told Politico. "](CNN) - Does Montel Williams want to embark on the well-worn path from television personality to politician?

In a Thursday interview with Politico, Williams, who was a daytime talk show host for 17 years and is launching a radio show on Air America this week, said running for office is something he wants to do - just not anytime soon.

"The sight in mind is 17 years in radio - I may have to take a break for just a little while in those 17 years to run for office, but that won't be for at least ten years," he told Politico. " So you're going to be listening to me to persuade others to do the right thing, and then I'm going to step up myself."

Williams, who suffers from multiple sclerosis and is a prominent advocate for legalizing marijuana for medicinal purposes, also said he has had discussions at "multiple levels of government about the responsibility of us all who feel as if we have the audacity to open our mouths and complain about what happens in our society and then not step up to the plate to do something about it."

The best way to do something about it is through public service," he said.

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  1. bryant

    Montel...really...get serious! We have enough actors in politics. Here's a suggestion...be play a politician in hollywood, because that is as close as you need to get.

    April 9, 2009 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  2. Andrew

    Come to Texas, Montel! We need a senator that actually listens, and cares about people!!! or a Governor that does!! Our current ones suck.

    April 9, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  3. AndyL

    People check your facts. Fred Thompson is not an actor who got elected to office. He is a politician who became an actor, later on leaving acting to resume his political career.

    Therefore he cannot be lumped in the same category as Arnold, Reagan etc....and now Montel

    April 9, 2009 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  4. George

    For those who are saying he is a celebrity, what was Palin before?

    April 9, 2009 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  5. Jim

    It really is sad how close-minded and judgemental people are in this country. One minute someone will say someone running for office coming from a non political background has no experience. The next minute they'll say "pure blooded" politicians are only interested in getting reelected and you can't trust them.

    You have the GOP trying to demonize Meghan McCain because she doesn't blindly follow the pack. It's similar to baby chickens pecking to death another baby chicken that looks different, their way of weeding out those that might be sick.

    I mean heaven for bid we act like a democrocy let the people decide who they want to represent them in the government.

    April 9, 2009 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  6. Mike

    Lisa T,

    Not all Republicans embrace Arnie. Ronnie yes, because he was one of the best Presidents we've ever had.

    Franken, Chuck, Arnie, etc., NO NO NO NO NO not a one.

    It is time that celebrities shut their yap about politics. Your vote is your voice and why should they get more airtime than the common man who is not a celebrity?
    If you vote because a certain celebrity is for one political party or another than you don't deserve to vote because you have no brain of your own to think. Or are too lazy to do the research to learn about one person's policies and how they would affect you.
    What a shame it is to actually have the honor of voting for someone for political office but the arrogance to think that doesn't come with a little responsibility.

    April 9, 2009 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  7. D. Simmons, TX.

    To: Chi Town – April 9th, 2009 4:56 pm ET

    He could have a big following… Most Democrats know him pretty well from TV… Republicans aren't as familiar since they are at work during daytime TV.

    I am a life-long Democrat. I am educated, pay my taxes and work everyday. Please keep your ridiculous assertations to yourself.

    I don't paint Republicans with the same paint brush; nor should you paint the Democrats with a single paint brush.

    April 9, 2009 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  8. Stuntman

    Everybody wants a piece of the political pie!

    April 9, 2009 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  9. peaches

    Go for it Montel, but what office is it that you are thinking of????

    April 9, 2009 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  10. Chi Town

    D. Simmons, TX.

    I did use the word MOST democrats... LOL

    I agree with you of course... however while reading these blogs it is fun to jab a bit... seems to be the common thing here.

    It doesn't take long into a post to see which side people are on... and it always seems to be all or none, Love/Hate, etc. The truth I would imagine with most here is they know people from the other party as I do... and we all have more in common than not. However here it seems to be the venting place. Me... I just have fun with the jabbing... and reading the good jabs. Good day to you... and no offense intended... well... maybe just a little. And only because people take some of this way too serious... it's not an us vs them... because in the end its just all of us.

    April 9, 2009 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  11. JoelWhy

    Ahhhh! I accidentally wrote "I would vote for him. He's been propping up dangerous frauds like Sylvia Browne for years." I meant to say I would NOT vote for this moron. I'm attributing this to a conspiracy by the mods;)

    April 9, 2009 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  12. Annie

    I think Montel Williams would make a very good public servant. He certainly seems to give a damn, which is more than I can say for a lot of our representation. Y'all hear me, senators from GA?

    April 9, 2009 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  13. D. D.

    Jump in deeper. You have done so much for so many you are needed on a larger scale. Seek the Senate if you can. America will cheer your arrival to Washington, D.C. regardless of your party. Be careful, however, not to get caught up in the M. Steele mess. Come to a more caring party and it's members. Well, we are working on Peloski. She seems to modeling those GOP men. The ones who 'have their minds made up and do not want to confuse it with facts- huh, did that come from a minister?

    April 9, 2009 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  14. Bear


    If anyone got to see Montel Williams "vs" Stephen Baldwin on Larry King Live, you'll know why this is such a monumentally bad idea.

    April 9, 2009 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  15. Mike off North Capital

    Every decent American should have a large measure of respect for Mr. Williams. He's a former enlisted Marine and later USNA graduate who became a cytologist in the Navy upon graduation. In other words, he's probably smarter and tougher than the lot of us.

    April 9, 2009 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  16. Rafael VA

    He can run for Mayor of DC...

    April 9, 2009 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  17. Suzie McKay in Las Vegas

    MS is a chronic, debilitating disease that not only affects the sufferer but also his or her family. I would like to see an intelligent, well-known advocate for non-traditional treatments in the political arena. Maybe he can help us find a cure for this awful disease. I'd like to see him run and so would my husband, who was diagnosed with the disease in 1992.

    April 9, 2009 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  18. No Hillary = No Obama

    These people just can't stay out of the lime light. They are camera-dependent.

    April 9, 2009 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  19. arithmetic is liberal

    Why is being an actor an automatic exclusion principle for politics?

    Do any of you have any idea what it takes to make it as an actor?
    Do any of you realize the business acumen you have to have to outpace, outperform, and out maneuver a million others who want your exact job?
    To me, making it to the top of the most-cut throat industry on earth would qualify you for public office, not disqualify you.

    So before you tell a "celebrity" to shut their mouth, think about why you're doing it. If it's personal bias, at least man-up and admit it.

    "I was so-and-so to SHUT UP because I don't like what they have to say" is honest. Excuse making and mendicating is not.

    April 9, 2009 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  20. arithmetic is liberal

    Chi Town – April 9th, 2009 4:56 pm ET

    He could have a big following… Most Democrats know him pretty well from TV… Republicans aren't as familiar since they are at work during daytime TV.

    Please refer to the general social, economic and political situation of most day time talk show guests and say that again with a straight face.

    April 9, 2009 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  21. Marshall

    Well Pat F, at least they are intelligent enough to run their mouth. Can you say the same? They are two intelligent men able to hold an intelligent conversation. Don't hate just educate.

    April 9, 2009 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  22. Vietnam Vet71

    Pat F April 9th, 2009 4:56 pm ET

    Montel is as qualified as The Obamessiah – neither one has ever run anything except their mouths.
    At least Montel served his country HONORABLY, as a fighter pilot in the US Navy–What attributes do you have???????????????????

    April 9, 2009 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  23. Jarrod

    Id be all for it. He is an intelligent guy, thoughtful, and he listens to people and seems to understand the issues. Thats the kind of representation we need. People not in it for them, but in it to help us. And someone who understands the issues... without their staffers handing them cue cards, or explaining it to them. palin. ahem.

    April 9, 2009 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  24. Susan, California

    I couldn't agree more with Williams. I hate it when people complain about situations, yet don't want to take the time or effort to get involved to effect change.

    April 9, 2009 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  25. Jason L

    GREAT! He'll turn the Office into a Talk show!

    April 9, 2009 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
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