Born to Run

Bruce Springsteen Has Been Proposed As a New Jersey Senate Candidate. Boss?

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JOHN ADAMS
Age 32
Resides Brooklyn
Occupation Actor

Would you vote for Springsteen? I love "Dancing in the Dark," and based on that song, yes, I'd vote for him. I don't know anything about his politics.

Can celebrities cross over to political life? The transition can be made, but it has to be over the course of many years. Ronald Reagan had been in Hollywood for a long time before he became governor of California and later president.

What musician would you like to see in public office? Michael Jackson. He's such a humanitarian. He's given so much money and support to things like AIDS research. He went to Ryan White's funeral. He is a very humble, very talented person, and you never hear about all the financial contributions he's made. I only found out about them on the Internet, from a list of all the causes he's funding. Michael Jackson's in tune with all the world's needs. He changed his skin color from black to white to send the message of his songs, that it "makes no difference if you're black or white." He's the epitome of humanity.


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BETH RODMAN
Age 31
Resides Bronx
Occupation Teacher

Would you vote for Springsteen? Yes, I would. I'm not a big fan, but I think he's honest and not a publicity hound. I also think he has a sense of how hard people have to work to survive. When I was trying to finish my graduate program, and working two jobs—and I didn't even have kids or a guy to take up my time—I know I was ready to go to Bellevue. I think Bruce understands that in a way Hillary Clinton never will.

Can celebrities cross over to political life? Yes. They're used to being in the public eye. It's essentially the same lifestyle.

What musician would you like to see in public office? Gregory Isaacs or somebody like him from the Jamaican reggae commmunity. Or somebody from the African American community. Not another white guy.


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LAYLA KASTOO
Age 19
Resides Manhattan
Occupation Student

Would you vote for Springsteen? Yes, why not? We could use the excitement. I do hope he has real politics, and not just rock songs to go by. At the same time, I probably would vote for him based on his music.

Can celebrities cross over to political life? Yes, like Sonny Bono did.

What musician would you like to see in public office? Rod Stewart. He's the vocalist extraordinaire. That's a direct quote from Jeff Beck. I'm stuck in the '70s.


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BROCK MAHAN
Age 20
Resides Manhattan
Occupation Student

Would you vote for Springsteen? Probably not. Based on his music, I imagine he's a populist, a working-class guy, but I don't know his politics.

Can celebrities cross over to political life? Yes, in fact they'd probably have an advantage. They're used to public speaking and memorizing lines. Although the current president often seems on the verge of shouting "line?"

What musician would you like to see in public office? I think Beck would be fun.


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SHARON COHEN
Age 40
Resides Manhattan
Occupation Student

Would you vote for Springsteen? I don't know. Who else is running besides him? You can't vote for someone based on their lyrics.

Can celebrities cross over to political life? It depends. I wouldn't say no. We've all had a million jobs.

What musician would you like to see in public office? Patty LaBelle, because she's experienced and down-to-earth.


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JOE BENDIK
Age 33
Resides Manhattan
Occupation Musician

Would you vote for Springsteen? Sure I would. I think he's for the working class; he comes from the working class.

Can celebrities cross over to political life? I think it's dangerous. What if Marilyn Manson ran for office and started promoting his own agenda?

What musician would you like to see in public office? Bob Dylan. I'm a huge fan.


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XHIN SO
Age 47
Resides Manhattan
Occupation Kung fu teacher

Would you vote for Springsteen? I'm not a citizen of the U.S., but if I could vote I probably wouldn't vote for him. I only know that he's a rock musician. On the other hand, we had an actor for president, so why not a rocker in the Senate?

Can celebrities cross over to political life? I don't see why not. My thinking is that quite a few actors came from Ivy League colleges. I wouldn't want someone like Ozzy Osbourne as president.

What musician would you like to see in public office? Frank Sinatra.

 
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