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Star Power? Celebrities Endorse Presidential Candidates

Newspaper article News Sentinel

Star Power? Celebrities Endorse Presidential Candidates

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Presidential candidates get a boost from notable endorsements - for the media hype alone, if not for the actual impact on the opinions of voters - and celebrities have a history of throwing their opinions around anyway.

In early March, Caitlyn Jenner weighed in with what sounded like an endorsement for Ted Cruz, which surprised just about everybody. However, she followed up days later by saying she didn't endorse Cruz, then said favorable things about Donald Trump and slammed Hillary Clinton. Then she followed up on that by saying she didn't endorse Cruz or Trump and softened her tone on Clinton.

Which begs the question: Is anyone looking to Caitlyn Jenner for guidance on picking a presidential candidate?

Regardless of whether anyone is paying attention, celebrities have been lining up behind candidates for more than a year. Hollywood tilts heavily to Democrats, so it's not surprising that long-time Democrat Hillary Clinton has the lion's share of actors and singers in her corner. However, Bernie Sanders has been picking up quite a few celebrity supporters, too, and Donald Trump's ties to Hollywood have yielded him a respectable star following of his own.

In fact, all the candidates have some star power behind them: "Home Improvement" star Tim Allen threw his support to John Kasich, for instance, and Cruz has comedian Adam Carolla behind him.

As the campaign has progressed, interesting conflicts and alliances have emerged:

Family flap: "Duck Dynasty" star Phil Robertson endorsed Cruz while his son and co-star Willie Robertson endorsed Trump.

Tough enough? Trump has a number of tough guys in his camp - from Chuck Norris to Hulk Hogan to Mike Tyson - but the reigning James Bond, Daniel Craig, is a Sanders man.

Couples therapy: Sitcom stars and married couple Danny Devito and Rhea Perlman support Sanders (though their "Cheers" co-star Ted Danson is with Clinton), but Roseanne Barr is in Sanders' camp while her ex, Tom Arnold, is with Clinton. Also, Ben Affleck and his estranged wife Jennifer Garner are both with Clinton, so maybe there's hope for reconciliation, and ex-couple Tim Robbins and Susan Sarandon are still together on one thing - their support for Sanders - though Sarandon might note that Geena Davis, the "Thelma" to her "Louise," supports Clinton. …

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