Look Who Is Joining War Debate in the Media: Matt Damon

By: E&P Staff

With talk of President Bush sending more troops to Iraq in the air, the media debate in the coming week will likely be quite intense. One person likely to fan the fires may come as a surprise: actor Matt Damon, who has never had a high political profile.

His main point, in a segment of MSNBC’s “Hardball” to be aired on Monday — he is paired with Robert DeNiro before a college audience — is that is that the president, to share the burden in Iraq, should send his two daughters over there in any escalation. But in saying that, he may also be accused of stepping in the same kind of trouble visited by Sen. John Kerry back in October in his now famous “botched” joke.

Damon suggests in the segment that there is a “fighting class” in the U.S. and people join the military “either for financial reasons or –” but he never got to reason number two, which may come back to haunt him.

Here is the transcript of that portion of the interview.

I don’t think that it’s fair as I said before, that it seems like we have a fighting class in our country. That’s comprised of people who have to go for either financial reasons or — I don’t think that that is fair.

And if you’re gonna send people to war, ahh, if, if we all get together and decide we need to go to war, then that needs to be shared by everybody. You know, and if the President has daughters who are of age then maybe they should go too.

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