May 11th, 2009
09:00 AM ET
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Actor Gary Sinise floated as possible GOP savior

GOP strategist Nicole Wallace names Sinise and others as possible GOP saviors.

GOP strategist Nicole Wallace names Sinise and others as possible GOP saviors.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Nicolle Wallace, a top adviser to George W. Bush and John McCain’s presidential campaign, is adding a few names to the list of Republicans who might lead the GOP out of the wilderness.

Top among them? Actor Gary Sinise.

Wallace, writing on The Daily Beast, said she first heard the idea from a fellow Republican.

“The natural strengths that an actor brings to politics would come in handy to anyone going up against Obama in 2012,” she wrote. “We will need an effective communicator who can stand toe to toe with Obama’s eloquence.”

Sinise, also a musician, performs for U.S. troops and often champions veterans' causes.

She also named Generals David Petraeus and Ray Odierno as possible Republican saviors.

“Both have denied any interest in a run for office,” she wrote, “but if their masterful management of Iraq is undermined in any way over the next four years, one could hope that they’d reconsider.”

She said that according to most Republicans she has spoken with, a Republican resurgence would demand a new leader, “as opposed to any one of the politicians on the national stage today rising to the occasion.”

Wallace floated the names because she said there’s only so much soul-searching the Republican party can do without the next great leader, someone like President Obama “who matches the moment and transcends the narrow debates about ideology” while moving the political discourse “away from the past.”

She said the ongoing argument about whether the GOP needs to become more moderate or re-assert its conservative principles is a “media-generated debate” and “a false choice that offers nothing but continued division for Republicans.”


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  1. Laurie in Spokane

    Is this for real? Isn't this comparable to Sarah Palin having experience in foreign negotiations because she can see Russia from her window? , to Gary Sinese having military service because he played Capn' Dan in Forest Gump? No wonder the republican party is on it's way out with ideas like this.

    May 11, 2009 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  2. const

    let me see, the left had no problem electing a 47 year old senator with 3 years of experience in additon to his community organizing but cry foul when Gary Sinise is offered as a candidate.

    You liberals are too funny. Kind of pathetic when you think about it.

    May 11, 2009 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  3. Chris in MI

    Desperation at it's finest...

    May 11, 2009 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  4. Lori

    Bright and early Monday morning and yet another ridiculous thing the Republicans are floating around. First, their faux rage at Wanda Sykes this weekend (I totally SUPPORT what she said) and now this. Sinise? Really? Stop throwing out random names, GOP. Next you'll be telling us Dog the Bounty Hunter is being floated around as a possible savior of the Republican party. Give up! Throw in the towel!

    May 11, 2009 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  5. Sniffit

    Anyone else smell that? It's called desperation.

    May 11, 2009 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  6. allen

    Gary Sinese vs President Obama? What, in a debate? Are you kidding? Funny stuff–I hope they do it!

    May 11, 2009 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  7. New Republicans

    I feel Tom Hanks would make a better candidate, he could run in Forrest ump character. You have to be dumb so big business can control you.

    May 11, 2009 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  8. Texas Annie *-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*

    Hey, I love Gary Senise as an actor- but as a politician, and in particular as a Presidential candidate. I just don't think so.

    What the heck is up with the Republican party?? They think rock star like name recognition is more important than experience when looking for candidates anymore.

    Senise is great at what he does right now. I think he would be crazy to give up a lucrative career where he is highly regarded just to enter into politics.

    May 11, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  9. Roger

    This guy does good as an actor, I hope he does not get his self wrapped up with the GOP & there right wing extreme views unless he is that extreme himself.....keeping in mind that unless you look, talk, & act like one of them you will not last long in their party you will be eaten alive.

    May 11, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  10. ANGIE IN PA

    Another Actor (REGAN) For the Pathetic Party of no!

    May 11, 2009 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  11. Mississippi Mike

    An actor with no executive experience running for president? That's as absurd as a radical community organizer with no executive experience running for president.

    May 11, 2009 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  12. ANGIE IN PA

    I thought the GOP Was against the Liberal Hollywood I remember the GOP Calling our President a Celebrity and Now your turning to a Celebrity wow i mean wow Hypocrites!

    May 11, 2009 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  13. KJ

    dear "const"

    "the left" did not elect barack obama president, the american people did. remember? it's called "democracy."

    oh, and i guess 12 years in the illinois state senate doesn't count as "experience"?

    and a man who gets elected to the u.s. senate from a state with 13 million people equates to an actor who's never been in government?

    it is not liberals who are "kind of pathetic when you think about it." take a look in the mirror.

    May 11, 2009 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  14. sammieb51

    Perfect ... another actor for the GOP. For a party that "hates celebrity", they seem have plenty of them in their ranks - Arnold, the Law/Order guy, Raygun and I am sure I am missing plenty ....

    May 11, 2009 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  15. John

    Hey, they relied on an actor before and he became one of our most beloved presidents, right or wrong. Never say never. Minnesota had a wrestler for Governor and soon a comedian for Senator, California the Terminator, as well as numerous football players previously and currently in Congress. Traditional politicians are what got us in this mess, maybe the non-traditional can get us out.

    May 11, 2009 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  16. Larry

    “but if their masterful management of Iraq is undermined in any way over the next four years, one could hope that they’d reconsider.”

    Masterful management of Iraq? Yeah, that's a real showcase for how to roll out a war. What kind of drugs are you dangerous people on?

    May 11, 2009 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  17. S Callahan

    I think the fact they (Repubs) are talking about needing fresh faces to their message is a good start. I think it's hurtful for any American to want to 'shut up' one party over another, both viable and necessary for the freedoms you enjoy..the ideal is actually more than two parties.
    I don't know enough about this actor to say I would support him...I do know there are alot of local Repubs that are progressive in their thinking (along with Dems) who can serve us well. It's the vicous media that prevents them from desiring greater office..maybe the media is the one who needs to reconsider their way of doing things..just a thought.

    May 11, 2009 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  18. jk4

    It has worked for them before, so why not try it again. Reagan was the actor. Eisenhower was the general. Sinise–better actor than Reagan.
    Petraeus has to go a ways but is working on his Eisenhower portfolio.
    This could actually work for the Republicans. I just hope two good men don't absorb the rotten platform the Republicans have been standing on for over a decade.

    May 11, 2009 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  19. Melissa

    So "lets dangle the pretty lights of Hollywood in front of peoples eyes and they'll forget all about the party failings". Sorry, been there, done that, not that dumb.

    May 11, 2009 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  20. Joe from Oklahoma

    I say let's hear him out. There are plenty of points to cover. He appears to be inelligent, and sincere in his efforts with the troops by putting himself in the qaugmire our armed personel are now in.

    And no...I'm not a Republican. But for the sake of the country I hope the present Republican leadership change. There is far too much hate and resentment. Eventually it will be their tragic demise.

    May 11, 2009 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  21. John Black Hills SD

    Actors need a script from writers, so whose words are being spoken. Yes, it's a shot at actors gone political. What does the GOP believe they're getting with actors, they live in what the GOP calls the den of decadence, aka Hollywood/entertainment sectors.

    May 11, 2009 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  22. DonJ...

    Well... Lt. Dan did drive the shrimp boat for Forrest Gump... and the 'Pubs do need the help. This is too funny.

    May 11, 2009 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  23. Andy J, NY, NY

    dump the republicans all together.....

    lets start a new party... or, just become libertarians.

    signed,
    former republican, current libertarian, always American.

    May 11, 2009 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  24. Lorna

    One thing the Republicans need to do and do it fast is get that un-American, ranting, wack-0, war-mongering dick "Dick" Cheney OFF the national stage. He is doing SO much harm to the party. To have him and Rush Limbaugh attacking Colin Powell is beyond the pale. Military dodging Cheney and "Boss" Limbaugh going after a decorated military man....can they get any worse?

    May 11, 2009 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  25. chuck

    He'd be a handsome president, but that would not take him very far. Have you ever heard him speak? I don't know how he has made it so far in acting, because he is monotone. Every delivery of every line sounds the same. He is like Keanu Reeves. Keanu is the same character in every movie he does. He delivers the lines the exact same way whether he is in a science fiction thriller or a love story. Bland, monotone delivery won't cut it. Of course that might not matter to Republicans as long as he keeps delivering that one good line to every idea. "No" to civil rights for gay American citizens. "No" to a womans right to choose what happens to her body. "No" to diplomacy. "No" to comprehensive illegal immigration policy. "No" to effective climate change policies. "No" to science. There really is only one good way to deliver the word No and I think Mr. Senise could probably handle that. President Senise – it even has a monotone ring to it.

    May 11, 2009 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
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