Alec Baldwin Talks About Running For Office (VIDEO)
Alec Baldwin has always been politically outspoken -- and now, he's talking about taking action and running for office.
The '30 Rock' star and noted liberal sat down with Eliot Spitzer of CNN's 'Parker Spitzer' on Tuesday to discuss his future in politics, and said that after many approaches, he is very interested in running. Part of the reason he'd make the "difficult" decision to leaving acting, he said, is because the leading elite haven't solved the myriad problems of the middle class.
"I don't want to say this in an anti-elitist way, but we've had men who are Ivy League groomed running this country since 1988," Baldwin said. "We've had 22 years of Yale and Harvard running this country right now, and the problems aren't getting solved."
Of course, some may question Baldwin's connecting with today's middle class, given his fame and fortune as a prominent, award-winning actor. All that, he said, is irrelevant.
"Even though I've had a job which is a very, very interesting and unique job and there's fame and there's money and all this other nonsense that people equate it with, it's a job, it's work, and I think people in my business are very hard working people. But whatever I've accrued in my career, it hasn't changed me as a person," Baldwin insisted.
This news may not be such a shock; in 2010, Baldwin said that he would quit acting, including his Golden Globe-winning role as Jack Donaghy in '30 Rock,' in 2012.
In 2009, Baldwin said that he wanted to run against Connecticut Senator Joe Lieberman, a Democrat turned independent that has proven a thorn in the side of the liberal wing of the Democratic party.
Baldwin also mused about a Congressional run from his home of Long Island, and said that an Ohio law firm offered to move him out to the state and help him run for governor.
Recently, Baldwin has spoken out in favor of the Clean Air Act, blogged for The Huffington Post about the education reform-themed film 'Waiting for Superman,' remembering late American ambassador Richard Holbrooke and the "faux populism" of Sarah Palin.
Baldwin was also a strong supporter of the candidacy for president of then-Illinois Senator Barack Obama.