At Obama event, Ashley Judd says she may run for office one day
January 30th, 2014
07:45 PM ET
9 years ago

At Obama event, Ashley Judd says she may run for office one day

Nashville (CNN) - It's a role that's still on the mind of actress Ashley Judd.

At an education event hosted by President Barack Obama in Nashville, Judd, who considered and then decided against a campaign to unseat Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, said she may decide to run for political office in the future.

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"How am I supposed to know? How do you make God laugh? You make plans. And how do you make yourself look like an idiot? You tell people those plans," Judd told CNN in an interview just before the President's event.

The Hollywood star, who has a home near Nashville, sharply criticized the political climate in Washington and said negative attacks from McConnell's camp helped convince her to opt out of a campaign against him.

"When I was thinking about running, I was prepared for that. But you can never be truly prepared," Judd said.

"We contaminate the space. We make it hard. We disincentivize people – good people – from running and then we make it hard when someone is elected," she added.

An Obama supporter and delegate to the 2012 Democratic convention, Judd said she agreed with Obama’s decision to seek more executive actions in pursuit of his agenda rather than go through Congress.

"I think we all agree that we at least need to be taking action," Judd said.

As for the Kentucky Senate race, Judd added she is an enthusiastic supporter of Alison Grimes, the state's Secretary of State and McConnell's likely Democratic opponent. McConnell must survive a Republican primary contest first.

"I think she'll be a terrific Senator and she completely has my support," Judd said.

Judd joked she did not intend to discuss her past or future consideration of a run for political office. She attributed the verbal slip to a lack of sleep.

"That's the 4 a.m. alarm clock there biting me in the tush," Judd said.

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  1. Thomas

    Ashley Judd would be more honest , more energetic to new idea , and more informed then ether Mitch McConnell or Randy Paul
    Why do conservatives hate the word progressive ? Because they are afraid to change or make things better .

    The South needs to elect smart woman , not stupid men !

    January 30, 2014 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |