Rock the Vote Spokesman Perez Hilton: Obama Doesn't Need a Celebrity Endorsement (Video)
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Where Perez Hilton's political convictions lie is no mystery. The gossip blogger/activist long has been vocal about his support of gay rights as well as the treatment of Latinos in the U.S., making him an open and active supporter of the Democratic Party.
As a spokesman for Rock the Vote, Hilton (real name: Mario Lavandeira) traveled to Charlotte for the Democratic National Convention, where he made a Tuesday appearance at uptown nightclub Mez.
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Speaking with The Hollywood Reporter at Turn Up the Vote, an event co-sponsored by Rock the Vote and Pringles, Hilton weighs in on politics, why President Obama doesn't need a celebrity spokesperson and Nicki Minaj's recent Mitt Romney revelation.
"She's not the only one that's come out in favor of him," says Hilton of Minaj's newly revealed verse, in which she proclaims that she'll be voting for Romney in this election. Hilton then laughed off comments by former porn star Jenna Jameson earlier this year, when she said she also supports the Republican candidate.
"I'm definitely in favor of Barack Obama, but if Mitt Romney were elected, I don't think that would be the end of the world," confesses Hilton. "I'm not gonna be moving to another country. I think Mitt Romney is fine. I think he's smart, and I think he's not evil. I think he's a politician."
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Asked whom he would like to see speaking for Obama on Thursday in the wake of Clint Eastwood's buzzed-about appearance at the Republican National Convention, Hilton says, "Obama."
"I don't think he really needs a celebrity, even though everybody's talking about celebrities being here," adds Hilton. "I almost don't think that the president needs to resort to a gimmick like that."
Watch more from THR's interview with Hilton in the video above.
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