Sean Penn endorses Kucinich for US President
Saturday, December 8, 2007
In a San Francisco speech described by his PR people as "a blistering indictment of political leaders and an impassioned endorsement of Presidential proportions," Penn threw his support behind the lesser known Democratic candidate.
The Kucinich campaign did not vet the speech.
Other recent celebrity endorsements in the race include Oprah Winfrey for Barack Obama, Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling for John McCain, Harry Belafonte endorsed John Edwards, and both 50 Cent and Barbra Streisand behind Hillary Clinton. Chuck Norris has backed Mike Huckabee in a high profile, comedic endorsement ad.
Penn first became politically active in October 2002, when he spent $56,000 on a full-page ad in the Washington Post, asking President George W. Bush to end "a cycle of violence". He visited Iraq briefly in December of that year, Iran in 2005 as a journalist, and met with Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez for two hours in 2007.
Penn went to New Orleans to "aid rescue workers" after Hurricane Katrina; many questioned how much of a liability an untrained worker, especially when his boat sprang a leak, would be. One website commented "just showed up with his entourage and a personal photographer with the apparent intent of just wandering around looking for a good photo op."
- Domenico Montanaro. "Sean Penn to endorse Kucinich" — , December 7, 2007
- Rachel Dry. "The Trail: Celebrity Endorsement Watch" — , December 7, 2007
- Associated Press. "Sean Penn Applauds as Venezuela's Chavez Bashes Bush" — , August 3, 2007
- Al Barger. "Sean Penn's Katrina PR Stunt Springs A Leak" — , September 5, 2005
- Sean Penn. "Sean Penn in Iran" — , August 22, 2005
- Sean Penn. "Actor Sean Penn On the Occasion of His Visit to Iraq" — , December 15, 2002
- Sean Penn. "An Open Letter to the President of the United States of America." — , 18 October 18, 2002