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<< August 12, 1999 AP
 Actor Warren Beatty Weighs Run for Presidency

 By RICHARD L. BERKE

 Warren Beatty, who played a senator crazy enough to speak the truth in
 "Bulworth," said Wednesday that he was considering running for president
 in 2000.

 Beatty, who has been active in the Democratic Party for years, made it
 clear that he was displeased with Vice President Al Gore and former Sen.
 Bill Bradley, the current candidates for the party's nomination.

 "It's no secret that I am a liberal Democrat," Beatty said in a telephone
 interview from his home in Los Angeles. "I have some very strong
 feelings, the most important of which at the moment is campaign finance
 reform because its tentacles reach into every other issue. I fear we're
 getting closer to a plutocracy than we want to, and I believe that deep
 down the people want to do something about that."

 Hinting that he would position himself as a liberal alternative or even
 run as an independent, Beatty acknowledged that he has had discussions
 with liberals who have helped Jesse Jackson in past campaigns. They
 include Steve Cobble, a former political director for Jackson's National
 Rainbow Coalition, and Robert Borosage, who has worked for progressive
 advocacy groups.

 He also has spoken with Ellen Miller, who heads Public Campaign, a
 Washington organization that has called for reforms in the campaign
 finance system. "He's thinking about this very seriously," Ms. Miller
 said in an interview. "He's thought a lot about it in the last few weeks.
 There's a hunger out there for a nonpolitician. And he is increasingly
 angered by the choice of candidates."

 Beatty emphasized that he did not consider himself the best candidate,
 but he did not seem ready to rule himself out. "There certainly should be
 someone better," he said. "That's not to say that I don't have very
 strong feelings on a lot of things that aren't being spoken."

 Beatty suggested that he had been approached about running. "It's kind of
 an awkward thing," he said. "I don't think anybody should be in a
 position of having to say, 'Please don't say things like this to me.' I
 want to be very respectful of the people who have made the suggestion to
 me."

 He also said that people should not question his commitment to the issues
 or his understanding of politics, saying, "I've been active in politics
 for 35 years."

 Beatty said he would not respond when asked whether he had been
 approached by representatives of Gov. Jesse Ventura of Minnesota to run
 for president on Ventura's Reform Party ticket. Asked what ticket Beatty
 wants to run on, Ms. Miller said, "It could be Democratic, Reform Party
 or independent."

 Throughout two interviews Wednesday, Beatty was skittish about discussing
 his intentions, but resisted several opportunities to dispute that he had
 designs on the White House. "If I said to you, 'This is something that I
 would be considering,"' he said, "then your headline is, 'It's something
 I would be considering."'

 Arianna Huffington, a syndicated columnist, raised the notion of Beatty's
 candidacy in a column that was published on Tuesday. She quoted a close
 friend of the actor, former Sen. Gary Hart of Colorado, as saying, "I
 have a notion that Warren could dramatize politics in a way that hack
 politicians never could."
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August 12, 1999 AP
Actor Warren Beatty Weighs Run for Presidency

By RICHARD L. BERKE

Warren Beatty, who played a senator crazy enough to speak the truth in
"Bulworth," said Wednesday that he was considering running for president
in 2000.

Beatty, who has been active in the Democratic Party for years, made it
clear that he was displeased with Vice President Al Gore and former Sen.
Bill Bradley, the current candidates for the party's nomination.

"It's no secret that I am a liberal Democrat," Beatty said in a telephone
interview from his home in Los Angeles. "I have some very strong
feelings, the most important of which at the moment is campaign finance
reform because its tentacles reach into every other issue. I fear we're
getting closer to a plutocracy than we want to, and I believe that deep
down the people want to do something about that."

Hinting that he would position himself as a liberal alternative or even
run as an independent, Beatty acknowledged that he has had discussions
with liberals who have helped Jesse Jackson in past campaigns. They
include Steve Cobble, a former political director for Jackson's National
Rainbow Coalition, and Robert Borosage, who has worked for progressive
advocacy groups.

He also has spoken with Ellen Miller, who heads Public Campaign, a
Washington organization that has called for reforms in the campaign
finance system. "He's thinking about this very seriously," Ms. Miller
said in an interview. "He's thought a lot about it in the last few weeks.
There's a hunger out there for a nonpolitician. And he is increasingly
angered by the choice of candidates."

Beatty emphasized that he did not consider himself the best candidate,
but he did not seem ready to rule himself out. "There certainly should be
someone better," he said. "That's not to say that I don't have very
strong feelings on a lot of things that aren't being spoken."

Beatty suggested that he had been approached about running. "It's kind of
an awkward thing," he said. "I don't think anybody should be in a
position of having to say, 'Please don't say things like this to me.' I
want to be very respectful of the people who have made the suggestion to
me."

He also said that people should not question his commitment to the issues
or his understanding of politics, saying, "I've been active in politics
for 35 years."

Beatty said he would not respond when asked whether he had been
approached by representatives of Gov. Jesse Ventura of Minnesota to run
for president on Ventura's Reform Party ticket. Asked what ticket Beatty
wants to run on, Ms. Miller said, "It could be Democratic, Reform Party
or independent."

Throughout two interviews Wednesday, Beatty was skittish about discussing
his intentions, but resisted several opportunities to dispute that he had
designs on the White House. "If I said to you, 'This is something that I
would be considering,"' he said, "then your headline is, 'It's something
I would be considering."'

Arianna Huffington, a syndicated columnist, raised the notion of Beatty's
candidacy in a column that was published on Tuesday. She quoted a close
friend of the actor, former Sen. Gary Hart of Colorado, as saying, "I
have a notion that Warren could dramatize politics in a way that hack
politicians never could."





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