George Clooney Says He Won't Run For Office (Video)

6:31 AM PST 10/07/2011 by THR staff
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The "Ides of March" star says his father's unsuccessful Congressional run was enough to keep him out of politics.

George Clooney may be an outspoken liberal, but he does have one thing in common with Republicans Chris Christie and Sarah Palin -- he has no interest in running for President.

Clooney plays presidential candidate Gov. Mike Morris in his new movie The Ides of March. But in real life, the actor says he's got no political future.

"I'm not good at the compromises you have to make to get elected," he told reporters on the red carpet at the film's premiere in New York. "My father ran for Congress. I watched that happen. I watched how frustrating that was for him and I didn't enjoy it."

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Clooney's father, Nick, had an unsuccessful run for Kentucky's 4th Congressional District in 2004. His father had previously been a columnist for the Cincinnati Post.

Clooney's lack of ambition to run for office hasn't kept the actor out of politics completely. In 2008, he actively supported Barack Obama's run for the presidency. And he's been actively involved in humanitarian work, advocating for the resolution of the conflict in Darfur for which he testified before the UN Security Council in 2006.

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