Palin Won’t Win Over Hillary Voters, Shirley MacLaine Tells AARP

By Penny Starr | September 4, 2008 | 5:46 PM EDT

Actress Shirley MacLaine said it was “ridiculous” to think the 18 million women who voted for Sen. Hillary Clinton would vote for Sen. John McCain, now that Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is on the GOP ticket as vice president.

Washington ( – Oscar award-winning actress Shirley MacLaine, who wrote several New Age books, told reporters at AARP’s 50th anniversary convention on Thursday it was “ridiculous” to think that women who voted for Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) would vote for Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), now that Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is on the GOP ticket as vice president.
“I think the idea of nominating her to commandeer some of the disenfranchised Hillary voters just because she wears a skirt is ridiculous,” MacLaine said, adding that critics who say she should stay at home with her infant son, who has Down syndrome, and her teenage daughter, who is pregnant, might be right.
“I think it is going to be very tough for her and the family,” MacLaine said. “This is a challenging choice, which apparently she’s good at, but exposing the family in the political arena, I can’t say whether she’ll rise to the challenge or not.”
MacLaine also spoke at length about her belief in reincarnation and fielded a question about the nature of evil.
“It’s a very interesting question, because it’s so judgmental to call something evil when from the evil person’s point of view there is a reason for it on some level,” MacLaine said.
“But I think it’s worth looking at what we judge as evil on a deeper level than we do,” she said. “Otherwise, we get in trouble, and we can’t get along with one another. One man’s evil is another man’s glory many times.
“The whole question of terrorism, and it’s not just me saying this, is that terrorism is evil to us, not to them,” she said. “There was a time when American revolutionaries were called terrorists, and look what we got out of it.”
MacLaine said she did not believe in death, but the “recycling of souls.”
“That’s why we have to question war,” she said. “Who is being killed here? You just incur the energy of karma. And that’s why we have to get into these different cultures and understand what they’re talking about.
“The ancient cultures went into these questions,” she said. “Our culture is so new we don’t go into, especially new Christianity … It’s a subject that a lot of Western Christians don’t like to discuss, because that robs them of this passionate idea of evil.”
MacLaine was nominated for five Academy Awards and won her first for her role in the 1983 film “Terms of Endearment.”
AARP, an advocacy group for people over 50, has more than 39 million members. Although it does not endorse a presidential candidate, its CEO William Novelli said when he spoke to the American Geriatric Society in May that all Americans should have access to health care.
“We have to make sure that everyone is covered by some form of health insurance," Novelli said. "There is no saving - and no equity - in having over 47 million people uninsured.
“We have learned from Medicare and from the various forms of health coverage in Western Europe that including everyone controls costs and improves access. And that's the right thing to do," he added.