Yo, McCain: Hoping Stallone Can Help Say 'We Did It'
By Juliet Eilperin
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee might have action film star Chuck Norris. Now, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) has now struck back with his own movie-star tough guy -- Sylvester Stallone.
During "Fox and Friends" this morning, Fox's Brian Kilmeade told viewers, "I talked to this famous actor. I asked him who he was endorsing and here's what he had to say."
On tape, Sylvester Stallone laid out his Hollywood reasoning for backing the Arizona senator: "I like McCain a lot. A lot. And you know, things may change along the way, but there's something about matching the character with the script. And right now, the script that's being written and reality is pretty brutal and pretty hard-edged like a rough action film, and you need somebody who's been in that to deal with it."
When asked about the endorsement after his town hall meeting in West Palm Beach, McCain displayed the same sort of bravado his celebrity supporter has shown while handling firearms on the silver screen.
"Look out Chuck Norris, Sylvester Stallone's coming after you, and he's gonna get ya!" McCain explained. "Chuck, you can run, but you can't hide."
There may be a musical explanation behind Stallone's decision. While McCain has gotten plenty of media coverage for recently switching to ABBA's "Take a Chance on Me" as his campaign rally closer, he has received less attention for his decision to occasionally play the theme of "Rocky" when he enters a rally. (Maybe because the idea of a Republican playing "Rocky" during a political event is entirely predictable. And, if you want to be picky about it, Rocky loses to Apollo Creed in the first film, which makes it a sort of questionable musical choice for someone hoping to win an election. But The Trail digresses.)
When asked about this connection, McCain declined to say whether his DJ picks had influenced Stallone. But he did note that when it comes to playing the "Rocky" theme song before his entrance, "That's a great way to begin." He also said he would like ABBA to reunite, but it was unclear if he expected them to come aboard The Straight Talk Express.
Given Norris's tireless efforts on Huckabee's behalf, McCain said he may very well enlist Stallone to join him on the campaign trail. "I'd love to, but I have not contacted him yet."
McCain jokingly angled for the endorsement of another prominent American today, President Bush. When asked by a reporter what he hoped Bush would say in his State of the Union speech next week, McCain replied, "I'd like him to announce his unabashed support for my candidacy. I'd like him to lead with that."
Later, McCain said Bush is "very popular with Republicans" and would be an asset to his campaign. "The president and I have had our differences, but I've always had a good relationship with him and I've never shied away from that," he said, adding he was undeterred by Bush's low poll numbers. "For me to say that I would reject a friend who wants to help my campaign is not keeping with who I am."
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