Debate season has begun (Wed., Oct. 3, 9 p.m. ET on the major broadcast networks), bumping programs out of primetime for the coming month leading up to the election. But don't despair, TV fans: It might not be a thrilling drama or a hilarious sitcom, but there can be fun in participating in this democratic process, too.

Before it was simply Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, this election did feel like a (bad) comedy at times. Rick Perry, Newt Gingrich, Herman Cain, Michele Bachmann, Ron Paul ... when the inevitable made-for-TV movie about this election is made, who would you cast to fill these roles?

Take a look at our suggestions for actors to play all the major 2012 presidential election names, then do your part and vote for your favorite casting candidate, or write in new suggestions, in the comments.

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  • Jordan Peele as Barack Obama

    <strong>The Player: </strong>Barack Obama<br /> <strong>Played By: </strong>Jordan Peele<br /> <strong>Casting Notes:</strong> Peele's Obama impersonation is second to none on Comedy Central's "<a href="http://www.aoltv.com/show/key-peele/8963834" target="_hplink">Key & Peele</a>." From the speech patterns to the mannerisms, we can't imagine anyone else convincing TV audiences that he is the leader of the free world.

  • Kyle MacLachlan as Mitt Romney

    <strong>The Player: </strong>Mitt Romney<br /> <strong>Played By: </strong>Kyle MacLachlan<br /> <strong>Casting Notes:</strong> MacLachlan is an excellent choice to play Romney -- he's got the hair and the strong-chinned grin down pat, and he's equally comfortable talking about politics and trees (he's currently playing the mayor on "Portlandia," after all). Plus, there's a very privileged air to his characters, a must when conjuring up the Mormon former governor of Massachusetts, who's worth an estimated $250 million.

  • Alexandra Wentworth as Ann Romney

    <strong>The Player: </strong>Ann Romney<br /> <strong>Played By: </strong>Alexandra Wentworth<br /> <strong>Casting Notes:</strong> Not only does Wentworth share a resemblance to the wife of the Republican presidential candidate, but she knows a bit about politics. The actress and comedian was born in Washington, D.C. and is the daughter of Nancy Reagan's social secretary in the White House and of a former reporter for <em>The Washington Post</em>. Plus, Wentworth is married to George Stephanopoulos, current ABC News anchor and former political adviser to the Clinton administration.

  • Bob Saget as Rick Santorum

    <strong>The Player: </strong>Rick Santorum<br /> <strong>Played By: </strong>Bob Saget<br /> <strong>Casting Notes:</strong> Bone structure similarities certainly help make this casting decision easy, but it's Saget's filthy sense of humor that really seals the deal. Who better to play the polar opposite of all of Santorum's straight and narrow views?

  • Philip Seymour Hoffman as Newt Gingrich

    <strong>The Player: </strong>Newt Gingrich<br /> <strong>Played By: </strong>Philip Seymour Hoffman<br /> <strong>Casting Notes:</strong> Newt isn't easy to nail -- we know that <a href="http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/46061030/ns/today-today_people/t/young-newt-vs-dwight-schrute-do-you-see-resemblance/#.T0_FKoePUmA" target="_hplink">old pictures of him look a lot like Dwight Schrute from "The Office,"</a> but current Newt calls for a true chameleon of an actor. Hoffman's heft, perfectly pliable face and ability to switch from jovial to irate in a heartbeat make him the right man for the job.

  • Patricia Clarkson as Callista Gingrich

    <strong>The Player: </strong>Callista Gingrich<br /> <strong>Played By: </strong>Patricia Clarkson<br /> <strong>Casting Notes:</strong> Clarkson is a dynamite actress who can go from warm and welcoming to icy cold in an instant. Just take her hair to a more platinum blonde hue, throw some pearls on her and you've got Newt's better half.

  • John Mahoney as Ron Paul

    <strong>The Player: </strong>Ron Paul<br /> <strong>Played By: </strong>John Mahoney<br /> <strong>Casting Notes:</strong> A side-by-side picture is worth more than 1,000 words -- these two look practically separated at birth! As "Frasier's" father, Mahoney could get a laugh and a grumble from the audience as fast as Paul switches parties, and he's a master of accents. (Fun fact: Did you know he's British? Neither did we.)

  • Josh Brolin as Rick Perry

    <strong>The Player: </strong>Rick Perry<br /> <strong>Played By: </strong>Josh Brolin<br /> <strong>Casting Notes:</strong> Brolin has already proved he can nail an impersonation of a Texas politician (see: "W"), and let's be real -- Perry and George W. Bush really aren't that different. He could just conjure up that twang he learned, study a new pattern of stammering and be on his merry way, y'all.

  • Miriam Shor as Michele Bachmann

    <strong>The Player: </strong>Michele Bachmann<br /> <strong>Played By: </strong>Miriam Shor<br /> <strong>Casting Notes:</strong> Shor is the perfect choice to mimic that far-off gaze and perfectly planned style of Tea Party poster lady Bachmann. Not only do they have very similar features, but Shor's onscreen Stepford-ization for the late "<a href="http://www.aoltv.com/show/gcb/8678571" target="_hplink">GCB</a>" could certainly be put to good use.

  • Isiah Whitlock Jr. as Herman Cain

    <strong>The Player: </strong>Herman Cain<br /> <strong>Played By: </strong>Isiah Whitlock, Jr.<br /> <strong>Casting Notes:</strong> Short of casting Cain to play himself (because really, what else is he doing?), Whitlock could really nail the 999 planmaker. "The Wire" alum is hilarious, and does amazing impersonations -- we'd love to see him sing about pizza and navigate through publicly denying a few mistresses.

  • Steve Carell as Tim Pawlenty

    <strong>The Player: </strong>Tim Pawlenty<br /> <strong>Played By: </strong>Steve Carell<br /> <strong>Casting Notes:</strong> While casting Carell may not look like a completely perfect option at first glance, the more you stare at these two together, the more they look like brothers from another mother.

  • James Gandolfini as Chris Christie

    <strong>The Player: </strong>Chris Christie<br /> <strong>Played By: </strong>James Gandolfini<br /> <strong>Casting Notes:</strong> Would he run? Would he not run? New Jersey Governor Christie kept a lot of people hanging when the race first started, and nobody keeps an audience guessing quite like Gandolfini. We still don't know what happened to Tony Soprano after six seasons of Jersey antics!