Denzel Washington Discusses Politics

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Actor Denzel Washington discussed President Obama, Mitt Romney and politics in the latest issue of GQ.

How do you think Obama fits in now?
Well, the story’s not told yet. He’s in the beginning of the third quarter. I don’t know what his legacy is yet. He’s the first—that’s a part of it. Like Jackie Robinson. But it just wasn’t the first game; it was lasting the whole thing.

Would you ever go into politics?
No. I’m an independent. In some ways I’m liberal, and other ways I’m conservative. We get so locked in on “you have to be this or that.” It’s ridiculous. I’m not a liberal or a conservative completely. Who is? Or why do you have to be? You assess the pros, the cons, of both sides and you make an intelligent decision.

How did you feel about Obama endorsing same-sex marriage?
What did he say about it?

He said he was in favor of it. That he didn’t oppose it.
What does that mean? [laughs]

It’s the political way of saying, “I support it.”
You know, I think people have the right to believe what they want to believe. And people have the right to disagree with it.

I look at Mitt Romney with his spirituality, and he’s chosen not to talk about his faith.
Yeah, he hasn’t even brought it up.

But if he just said, “Here’s my path,” I would love to hear it.
When I see him, he’s always uncomfortable. You can see that uncomfortableness. Forget about his being Mormon. He hasn’t said anything about his faith.

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