Horatio Sanz: "Conservative" 'SNL' May Have Helped George W. Bush Get Elected

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"The message of the show has become less about these leftist politics and more just about being popular," says Sanz.

Saturday Night Live alum Horatio Sanz says the show may have helped President George W. Bush get elected in 2000.

Sanz told ESPN's Bill Simons that Will Ferrell's endearing, beer-drinking, portrayal of Bush made the then-Texas governor more relatable to voters.

"When that election came up and it was really close — we're talking about 10,000 votes maybe difference in Florida," said Sanz. "If people are on the fence, and they watch SNL and see Will Ferrell’s being W. and having a beer and being a bro, I think that maybe pushes it over. We’re talking about 10 million people that are watching that, and to say 10 thousand of those would be swayed by the television show isn’t too crazy.”

Sanz said that the show has gotten away from its roots, citing a 2006 sketch in which Nancy Pelosi was portrayed as being into S&M because she was from San Francisco.

"It was that kind of conservative bullshit that I was against," said Sanz, who previously shared candid thoughts on the show in an interview in the 2014 book Live From New York.

"In the spirit of the show as it was when it started, [the tone] should be a little anti-establishment, a little less conservative. The message of the show has become less about these leftist politics and more just about being popular." 

Sanz was a castmember from 1998-2007.

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