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1968: Kirk Douglas talks politics

Outspoken actor chats on primaries

July 3, 1968
GOOD MORNING: “Maybe movie stars are overdoing their political stand,” notes outspoken Kirk Douglas — adding — “particularly in the primaries. I think I’ll try to stay OUT. It’s almost like the candidates are choosing up sides to see how many movie stars they can each get.” Douglas reminds, “I’m the first one to say that actors are also citizens and should have the right to their opinions, but…” … Kirk just completed a film for the Govt’s. Youth Opportunity Program , non-political, also works for the U.S. Olympic Committee, and has standing offers from the State Dept. to repeat his international tours on behalf of the U.S. image abroad — also non-party partisan’d …(2008 Update: This week, Kirk and wife Anne dedicated the 400th(!) children’s school playground they have created. It is part of the many programs — local and federal — in which they have participated/and are continuing to support. Kirk, 91, has added to his credits — as star of his blog, http://www.myspace.com/letsfaceitbook. On Aug. 1, he was on his blog’s camera, addressing “Mr. Two Cents” in his plea for America to apologize for slavery. “For a long time, I have urged Congress to make that apology. It would make an impact on the world,” he continues on camera, urging blog viewers to sign on his space and support the apology. “I’m so pleased so many young people are supporting,” he told me. As for today’s political candidates and star support, Kirk said, “I don’t think that stars should use their position” — in party campaign wars. “But the candidates are taking unfair advantage of our visibility and because we have more access to the outlets (press, etc.).” Yes, he allows he supported some candidates over the years — like John F. Kennedy and Jimmy Carter… Looking over the potential candidates going into the above 1968 primary election, the Demos included Eugene McCarthy, George McGovern and Robert Kennedy, who was tragically killed as the campaign closed. Hubert Humphrey became the Demos’ candidate. The Republicans seeking the nod included Ronald Reagan, Nelson Rockefeller, Winthrop Rockefeller and William Westmoreland. Richard Nixon was the Republicans’ choice–and the nation’s. Have you registered?

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