In its current issue, Fade In magazine enlists Ben Affleck, Oliver Stone and Michael Douglas to interview Hillary Clinton, John Edwards and Bill Richardson, respectively.
Editor Audrey Kelly writes that Barack Obama also was offered the chance to be interviewed “by an Oscar-winning director and Oscar-nominated actor,” but his campaign said that questions had to be submitted by e-mail.
In any case, while the candidates do recite familiar lines from the stump, the mash up between political and entertainment celebrity does produce some interesting comments.
Edwards, for instance, disagrees with some of Stone’s comparisons of the United States to the Soviet Union of the Brezhnev era. And Stone does challenge him to explain why he still supports to Patriot Act.
Stone: “You wouldn’t support an impeachment?”
Edwards: “I would not. Certainly not now — for multiple reasons, including a very practical one, which is there are huge issues facing this country. I as in the Senate when they impeached President Clinton. I know what an impeachment process and an impeachment trial does; it locks everything down. Nothing else gets done.”
Then there’s this…
Stone: “Would you be a vice president?”
Stone: “Wold you accept a call to be vice president?”
Edwards: “I will not.”
Affleck queries Clinton on Iran. Depending on how you read it, her comments, made before she voted for a “sense of the Senate” resolution declaring the Iranian Revolutionary Guard a “terrorist organization,” either bolster her case or hurt her case that she is not giving Bush the first steps toward authorizing an attack on that country.
Affleck: “So people should not feel worried that we’re on a dangerous course with Iran?”
Clinton: “You never know with the president and vice president. That’s why I went to the floor of the Senate some months ago and said that they should not believe that they have any authority to do any military action against Iran, because they do not. I wanted to put them on notice that I thought that if they started to beat the drums, people had to call them to account.”
Richardson, meanwhile, is the only one of the candidates who is grilled about the entertainment industry and youth violence. His message: The government should keep its hands off.
Douglas: “The massacre at Virginia Tech reignited the continuing debate about Hollywood’s influence on youth violence. Where do your views lie on this issue? Should Hollywood be held accountable for its depiction of violence, or are others to blame as well, like news media or parents themselves?”
Richardson: “The culprits here are lack of instant background checks, and the lack of national policy to deal with mental health…Hollywood needs to recognize how serious the problem is, but I don’t believe you need any restrictive legislation or anti-Hollywood campaigns. You’ve got to attack the problem at its root level.”