Jeff Bridges Performs at Both Democratic and Republican National Conventions

3:29 PM PST 09/04/2012 by Sophie Schillaci
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The actor-turned-musician showed his bipartisan support for the No Kid Hungry program.

CHARLOTTE - While slightly less star-studded than its Democratic counterpart, the Republican National Convention last week boasted a performance from The Dude, Jeff Bridges, himself, as the actor-turned-musician hit the Tampa, Fla. stage for the No Kid Hungry campaign. On Monday, Bridges made the trip to Charlotte, NC to perform at the Democratic National Convention, as well.

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Seeking bipartisan support, Bridges hopes to aid the fight against childhood hunger in the U.S. He performed on Tuesday outside the Time Warner Cable Arena, in between meetings with Democratic governors and members of the media, treating onlookers to tracks from his self titled album as well as Crazy Heart, which won him an Oscar in 2010.

Speaking with Rolling Stone, Bridges said that the issue of childhood hunger is a universal problem -- one that both parties must recognize.

"I've been dealing with the hunger issue for about 30 years now. This campaign, No Kid Hungry, is really taking a different tack. It's all about creating public-private partnerships, local solutions for local problems and going through the governors and getting all the powerful guys in their state to make ending childhood hunger a priority," he says. "They've got the food, and they've got the food program, but it's the access, and for the kids who need it, it's not available for a number of reasons. It's so prevalent in our country, and our country's future depends on our kids, man. I think both parties recognize that."

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Unfortunately, Bridges will say goodbye to Charlotte on Wednesday after just one day in the city. He tells the publication that his ranch in Montana caught fire, and he needs to head back to check out the situation.

Among the other musicians scheduled to perform at the DNC this week are Common, Jermaine Dupri, Flo Rida, Far East Movement and more.

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