Kerry Washington Is Serious About Supporting Obama, But Would She Ever Run Herself?


Maybe we’re giving most of our attention to the celebrities using humor to promote their candidate of choice, like Lena Dunham and Joss Whedon. And the ones whose political opinions we’re not sure we ever really wanted (ahem, Stacey Dash). We’ve been neglecting the stars who are taking this election very seriously. Kerry Washington, for instance, who gets serious about the ins and outs of D.C. every week on Scandal, and then spoke at the Democratic National Convention. Last week, she wrote an essay for the Daily Beast about why she’s voting for Obama, the same day she also chatted with our own Kate Spencer on the red carpet of the Hollywood Awards.

“In general, I’m very moved by the political process. I feel like we’re very blessed to be living in a country [like this],” she told us. “That’s part of why I’m so involved. But this president, in particular — I think it’s pretty extraordinary that we have a president who really cares about all Americans and not just a special few or a special interest. Not just the wealthy. He’s really invested in all Americans. Men, women, students, workers, everybody, black, white, Latin. It’s an exciting time for us to support him the way he’s been supporting us for the past four years.”

So, would Washington channel all that passion into a political career of her own someday?

“I will never run!” she said. “I said it here. Never, ever, ever.”

Aw, too bad!

Kerry Washington explains why she's passionate about this election.

[Photo: Getty Images]

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