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Yo, McCain: Hoping Stallone Can Help Say 'We Did It'

Actor Sylvester Stallone. (Getty Images).

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."

By Washington Post editors  |  January 24, 2008; 2:34 PM ET
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Lets look at the facts:

In Rambo III, John Rambo helped the Afghan "freedom fighters" in their struggle against the Soviet Union. These "freedom fighters"--as it turns out--became the Taliban who created a fundamentalist country harboring Osama bin Laden.

Thanks a lot Rambo! It is this kind of rush to judgement and failed foreign policy that we as a nation must reject.

Until you admit your mistakes and agree that your pro-Taliban stance was wrong, I can not support your candidate.

Posted by: brianiwakiri | January 27, 2008 5:41 PM | Report abuse

If these two feme fatales want to kung foo fight in the jungle why don't they rent a room somewhere?

Do we need McCain? Yet another poster boy for yet another made-up war?

How predictable and lowest common denominator can you get?

If Arizona declared war on Texas, and you could just watch it on TV, (I've got better things to do with my life) then at least you'd be behaving with moral responsibility to the rest of the world. By all means elect the guy, but let's keep Imperialism at home where it belongs. AZ and TX refugees could flee to LS and re-build New Orleans! McCain and Stallone could lead the troops to a final defeat in war torn Dallas an be heros in make-up with tight shirts. They could stay up as late as they want and talk about until they're blue in the face.

Posted by: ClearNote | January 27, 2008 11:01 AM | Report abuse

Enough with all the antics! Why don't we elect a president that is principled, disciplined and doesn't play all the games. Vote Ron Paul, because greatness started with Constitution and mediocracy began with it's destruction.

Posted by: PiousPolly | January 26, 2008 4:32 PM | Report abuse

Another old has-been one dimensional actor playing the same old parts supporting another old politician playing the same tired grand ol' part.

Posted by: esr11 | January 26, 2008 4:30 PM | Report abuse

A convicted illegal substance user and abuser is the LAST thing John needs for an endorsement. THE LAST!

Posted by: LAGCII | January 26, 2008 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Speaking of celebrities, I like Huckabee because he reminds me of Kevin Spacey. Think about it, really.

Posted by: FairMark | January 25, 2008 7:48 PM | Report abuse

Quite honestly, when candidates are more concerned with finding fault with those running against them, and are more concerned with the "party's agenda" than with fixing what's wrong with the country, it's time to stop trusting the politicians.

The federal govt has become a retirement community for politicians. There are no "statesmen" anymore, and they all cater to their favorite interest groups.

We need reform. we need to get back to basics - and back to being a self-governed people who elect statesmen that want to effect change, in a land of industry. We can no longer continue down this path with finger-pointers voted in by consumerists that watch tv....

We reap what we sow - and that based on our choices and our actions.

Posted by: pat | January 25, 2008 1:38 PM | Report abuse

What is it with the Republican party? Is the key endorsement for each candidate now seen to be a macho action movie guy? Chuck Norris, Sly Stallone, then you have Govenors Terminator and "The Body" Ventura. What's next? President Hogan? Secretary Rock? Our country has become a comic book written by a mentally retarded child.

Posted by: diggyzazz | January 25, 2008 12:21 PM | Report abuse

At the en of the day everyone is singing
in their own rancid way.
The candidate of the future, gracias,
is aware of demolishing over-exposure effects all candidates 'today'are suffering from.
We need inspiration and more authenticity.

Posted by: tabita | January 25, 2008 9:54 AM | Report abuse

Sylvester Stalone is only endorsing McCain so that he can get free press right before his movie comes out. What a joke. It is ridiculous if common people consider a celebrity endorsement a quality assessment of a candidate. Celebrities know (sometimes) style, fashion, and fads. Other than that, I wouldn't listen to a thing they say. Most of them are so out of touch with real life, and they are so self-consumed to understand common Americans. John McCain sure has a lot of bad endorsements if you ask me.

Carly Fiorina - The CEO that screwed up HP then grabbed her 100's of millions as she was pushed out the door. She should be ashamed of her actions, not running around trying to act as if she were able to endorse a presidential candidate.

The New York Times - The most liberal of all major news papers. Why would any conservative want to be endorsed by them?

McCain is grabbing at whatever he can because he knows that the tide is turning, and he is just hoping he can hang onto it a little bit longer. By the time November comes around people will have gotten to know him too well and his support will dry up with the people he so needs to win.

Mitt Romney is someone who, the more people hear from, the more they like him. He is the most qualified and experienced. He would be the best president in decades and would win against any Democrat.

Posted by: niqueie | January 25, 2008 1:45 AM | Report abuse


Posted by: jake19441 | January 25, 2008 1:03 AM | Report abuse

I'm waiting for the right-wing nuts to start screaming about how irrelevant a Hollywood actor's endorsement is. I mean, after all, these are millionaire movie stars who are totally disconnected from the real world and simply act out celluloid fantasies in the left-wing liberal cesspool that is Hollywood, CA....right? Isn't that what they say when a Democrat is endorsed??

What an embarrassment, the Republican Party. Do you see the lip marks on GW's butt? That's from 7 years of cheek smooching that has mis-led America down the drain. Good work! Helluva endorsement!

Posted by: thebobbob | January 24, 2008 10:37 PM | Report abuse

John McCain sure is lining them up. In the end, he'll be the only one standing!

Posted by: KYJurisDoctor | January 24, 2008 8:44 PM | Report abuse

John McCain forfeited his right to ever be our Commander in Chief when he chose to support the Immigration bill that granted AMNESTY to virtually ALL ILLEGALS! Even after 80% of the American people expressed their utter outrage at the INJUSTICE of this plan he STILL supported it and guess what?!! Although he NOW says that he will build the fence first, HE STILL SUPPORTS AMNESTY!!! This position is a slap in the face to every American worker and employer who has PLAYED BY THE RULES while Illegal aliens falsify documents, cheat on taxes and take improper advantage of the school systems and health care systems paid for by American CITIZENS!!!!Another President who refuses to enforce the RULE OF LAW and instead REWARDS flagrant lawbreakers?!! -NEVER!!!!!!!!

Posted by: michaelLitz | January 24, 2008 7:37 PM | Report abuse

What a shame there is no real, serious discussion of the issues---just junior high school level sniping and silly celebrity endorsements. The reason for this is simple: to confront the enormity of the tragedy that has happened to our country is just too scary for most folks.
So keep watching unreality tv and setting the bar real low for ourselves and our "leaders". This can be very pleasant, but aren't we supposed to be setting a better example for our kids? How did we get to be so much dumber than our parents?
FDR, Truman, Ike, and JFK all seem like giants now---they made mistakes but never sold out America the way Reagan and W. did. I think they succeeded in repealing the New Deal; now are children face no deal at all. This hurts about 98% of the people, as we support the coporate welfare chiselers in the top 2%. Democrats, Independents, even Republicans: Is this really what you want? What will it take for you to demand an end to this age of greed? When will you finally decide (in the words of Paddy Chayevsky/Howard Beale) that you're mad as hell and not going to take it anymore?

Posted by: royhobbs1 | January 24, 2008 6:00 PM | Report abuse

Robert13, you are aware, are you not, that the Democrats are currently in charge of Congress, while the president is a Republican?

Posted by: fairbalanced | January 24, 2008 5:54 PM | Report abuse

"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."

Well, The Trail forgets that McCain also lost his first fight in 2000. Considering that Rocky later went on to win in countless sequels, it is more than apt that McCain use the song for his campaign. Rocky's a comeback kid just like McCain!

Posted by: missmable | January 24, 2008 5:38 PM | Report abuse

Zukermand, I wish it was so, but we have plenty of documentation for the McCarthy period, the Vietnam War, and various other events to have avoided much of the current situation. In general terms, when we have a president who says trust but reveals nothing, we should immediately become distrustful and demand answers. When we have a Congress that blindly follows such a president, we should relegate the party controlling that Congress to an irrelevant minority without giving them the ability to continue protecting that president. When we have a president who mistakes wishful thinking about tax and budget policy for principle, we need to start buying gold coins and hiding them in the garden.

Posted by: robert13 | January 24, 2008 5:10 PM | Report abuse

We are living through what history will judge a very dark period in the United States. Fortunately, articles like this will provide ample documentation so we may avoid repeating it.

Posted by: zukermand | January 24, 2008 3:07 PM | Report abuse

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