Angelina Jolie Undecided On Presidential Candidate
Posted on Mon Aug 11, 2008 10:10 AM PDT
LOS ANGELES, California - Though both presidential campaigns have reached out to Angelina Jolie, the Oscar-winning actress has not yet decided who she is going to vote for in the upcoming election.
In a statement provided by political adviser Trevor Neilson to Variety, Jolie says, "I have not decided on a candidate. I am waiting to see the commitments they will make on issues like international justice, refugees and how to address the needs of children in crisis around the world."
Earlier this year after her trip to Iraq, Jolie wrote an op-ed for the Washington Post titled, "Staying to Help in Iraq," in which she stated, "My visit left me even more deeply convinced that we not only have a moral obligation to help displaced Iraqi families, but also a serious, long-term, national security interest in ending this crisis. Today's humanitarian crisis in Iraq and the potential consequences for our national security are great. Can the United States afford to gamble that 4 million or more poor and displaced people, in the heart of Middle East, won't explode in violent desperation, sending the whole region into further disorder?"
Jolie added that she wanted to "call on each of the presidential candidates and congressional leaders to announce a comprehensive refugee plan with a specific timeline and budget as part of their Iraq strategy."
In her June interview with Entertainment Weekly, Jolie was asked if she had discussed politics with Clint Eastwood, longtime republican and the director of her upcoming film, The Changeling. "Actually, we don't disagree as much as you'd think. I think people assume I'm a Democrat," she said. "But I'm registered independent and I'm still undecided. So I'm looking at McCain as well as Obama."
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