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Alec Baldwin Announces Political Ambitions to Spitzer on CNN
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5 Jan 2011 02:22 PM EST

- by Vania Andre, Staff Writer

Alec Baldwin, star of the hit series 30 Rock, commented on CNN’s Parker Spitzer Tuesday night that he would be very interested in seeking political office in the future.

Baldwin echoed similar sentiments in past interviews with Playboy Magazine and CBS’ 60 Minutes. He explained to Playboy last summer that his interest in politics isn’t enough, there also has to be an opportunity for him to run. Baldwin also told 60 Minutes in 2009 that he had intentions of running for office one day.

He pointed out that New York is long overdue for a different type of leader.

Baldwin, a liberal and NYU graduate, advocated that the people of this city needs someone who cares about the middle class and someone educated who would make their problems a priority. 

“We've had men who are Ivy League groomed running this country since 1988," said Baldwin. “We've had 22 years of Yale and Harvard and the problems aren't getting solved."

Baldwin is on the board of directors for the progressive organization People for the American Way.  The organization’s mission is to see an America that is “a vibrantly diverse democratic society in which everyone is treated equally under the law, given the freedom and opportunity to pursue their dreams, and encouraged to participate in our nation’s civic and political life,” as stated on their official website. Their values are indicative of Baldwin’s political stance and views.

These values include, working to improve the public school system in America to stimulate growth and education, promoting religious tolerance, and encouraging community and civic participation.

A contributing blogger for the Huffington Post, Baldwin voices his political opinions on administration and public policy through his postings. However, even if the opportunity is afforded to him, Baldwin notes there are many contenders waiting to jump at a chance to run for political office in New York, with many who feel “entitled” to these positions.

“In New York there’s a lot of planes on the runway ready to take off at any given time—there’s a lot of ambition. There’s a lot of entitlement, in some circles, with people who believe that there are certain jobs that belong to them.”

Although Baldwin is interested in seeking a political position, he admitted to Spitzer it would be difficult for him to give up acting at this moment.

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