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PostTalk: Sam Waterston & Angus King of Unity '08

Earlier today, I sat down with "Law and Order" star Sam Waterston and former Maine Gov. Angus King (I) as part of a new washingtonpost.com series called PostTalk, where we interview politicians, pundits and other newsmakers.

VIDEO: PostTalk host Chris Cillizza interviews Unity '08's Sam Waterston and Angus King. Watch here.

Waterston and King are leaders in a new movement known as Unity '08 -- a bipartisan organization aimed at fielding a legitimate third party candidate for president in 2008.

Read the full story here or watch my interview with the two men here.

For those of you looking for a quicker Fix, here are a few highlights:

* Waterson called "Law and Order" co-star Fred Thompson "very straightforward" and someone "who knows how to keep his own counsel." As for Thompson's potential presidential run for the GOP nomination, Waterston said his friend will have to run the "gauntlet" of conservative interest groups.

* King was critical of the "twists and turns" that he alleged Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and former Gov. Mitt Romney (R-Mass.) have made in an attempt to curry favor with the party's Republican base. He was skeptical about former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani's ability to maintain his principles and successfully win the nomination; "It will be very interesting to see what's left of him if he does win the nomination," King said of Giuliani.

* Waterson unequivocally ruled out a political campaign in his own right though when asked about actors making the transition to politics he noted wryly: "History suggest that they can be very, very successful."

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 25, 2007; 10:38 PM ET
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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