Ben Affleck appeared on Hardball tonight and professed strong preference for Barack Obama. Transcript follows…
CHRIS MATTHEWS, HOST: Hollywood stars have a big voice in politics.
Let`s see if one of them, Ben Affleck, can answer some tough questions.
Let`s play HARDBALL.
Good evening. Welcome to HARDBALL. Tonight HARDBALL`s asking one of
the biggest stars in today`s Hollywood, Oscar-winning writer, actor and
political activist Ben Affleck, some tough questions. Do celebrity
endorsements help causes and campaigns? And who would Hollywood pick as
our next president? Do the East Coast frontrunners, Hillary Clinton and
Rudy Giuliani, have West Coast backing? Plus, on-line questions from you
for actor Ben Affleck.
Ben Affleck is directing, by the way, “Gone Baby Gone,” which comes
out in the fall. Ben, thank you very much for joining us. I`m here
because I think you`re so smart about politics. I`m now going to — that`s
what you call a set-up here. We want to hear what you think. You say —
you`ve said the other night on Bill Maher, I believe, that the frontrunner,
as you see it, the most likely Republican candidate for `08, is Mitt
Romney. How so?
BEN AFFLECK, ACTOR: Well, I think Mitt probably is — you know, has
got the least negatives. You know, I think politics, at least from my
point of view, being just — not an expert, but just a kind of an everyday
fellow, comes down to, you know, when you`re trying to sell somebody
something, you got to give them the least reasons to say no to you. And I
think Mitt probably has the fewest of those.