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Posted at 10:53 AM ET, 01/ 5/2011

Alec Baldwin 'very interested' in running for office

By Liz Kelly

Alec Baldwin has hinted at political aspirations in the past and -- in a segment set to air Wednesday -- tells former New York governer/CNN host Eliot Spitzer that he is "very, very interested" in running for public office. Coincidentally, the same office Spitzer once held.

"I do believe that people want to believe that someone who deeply cares about the middle class, for whatever reason ... would like to seek public office," said Baldwin in the interview. He also added that it would be "painful" for him to leave acting right now. Not to mention for us. The world is totally not ready for a "30 Rock" without Jack Donaghy or Baldwin's repeated, always laugh-out-loud funny visits to "SNL."

Of course, those who follow celebs who follow politics know Baldwin is not new to the political arena. He's long been an outspoken supporter of the Democratic Party and may or may not have once said he'd leave the country if George W. Bush were elected president in 2000.

Baldwin has expressed an interest in the governorship of New York in the past, saying he's more qualified than outgoing California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.

"His only credentials are that he ran a fitness program under some bygone president," Baldwin once said. "I'm de Tocqueville compared to Schwarzenegger."

Speaking of Schwarzenegger, he's contemplating a move in the opposite direction, telling Variety that he may return to acting once he steps down from office next week.

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By Liz Kelly  | January 5, 2011; 10:53 AM ET
Categories:  Celebrities, Political Statement  | Tags:  Alec Baldwin  
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Comments

Nice job, Alec: you just gave the right wing their first attack ad.

[FADEIN: Montage of photos of Alec Baldwin appears.]

CUT TO clip of Baldwin speaking: I'm de Tocqueville.

ANNOUNCER (VO): Alec Baldwin named his daughter "Ireland." Alec Baldwin said he'd leave the country if George W. Bush was elected. And now, Alec Baldwin thinks he's some French guy.

Is there ANYTHING American about Alec Baldwin?

Alec Baldwin. Irish? French? Un-American.

[FADE-OUT]

Posted by: byoolin1 | January 5, 2011 11:39 AM | Report abuse

1. I'm what might be called a hippie liberal elitist.
2. Having said that: This is such a bad idea.

Posted by: Bawlmer51 | January 5, 2011 11:42 AM | Report abuse

I'm a dem, and I think the "you're a rude thoughtless little pig" thing will keep Baldwin out of office. I just don't see recovering from that, in politics. McCain called his wife something worse, yes, but that wasn't a sound byte that opponents would be able to replay.

Posted by: sarahabc | January 5, 2011 11:51 AM | Report abuse

Great. When you have weak Democratic Party, it brings out every crazy who thinks they can do "just as good of a job".
No experience or experience in "the real world" is needed to be a Democrat, either!

Posted by: ohioan | January 5, 2011 1:29 PM | Report abuse

I didn't think anyone would take Arnold Schwarzenegger seriously either and yet he was "Governator" of California despite all the misogynistic stories going round.

Posted by: kvs71 | January 5, 2011 3:15 PM | Report abuse

ohioan, you think Christine O'Donnell was some kind of prize-winner for the GOP?

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | January 5, 2011 3:22 PM | Report abuse

He's crazy to think he's more qualified than Arnold--unless he thinks being fat makes him qualified.

Posted by: taonima2000 | January 5, 2011 9:35 PM | Report abuse

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