Gore Surrogate Says Hollywood is "Absolutely" in Touch With Americans

By Cheryl K. Chumley | July 7, 2008 | 8:27pm EDT

Nashville, TN (CNSNews.com) - Hollywood is "absolutely" in touch with the needs and desires of the American people, renowned actor and producer Rob Reiner said during a campaign stop for Vice President Al Gore in Nashville Tuesday.

"Hollywood has always been way out in front and that's why we do what we do," said Reiner, who played the role of 'Meathead' in the 1970s situation comedy All In The Family. "We make movies that people are attracted to because we have our fingers on the pulse of what people are interested in."

When asked how those who earn $10 million per year can address the needs of those who make $20,000 each year, Reiner said the Hollywood elite can still remember the days when they lived on the lower end of the economic scale.

"Most of the people in the entertainment industry didn't start out making $10 million a year," he said. "We're not corporate entities, we're not the oil companies, we're not the pharmaceutical companies or the HMOs. We know what it is to put food on the table and educate our kids and have a clean environment... and these are the issues people care about."

Reiner was in Nashville to give last minute support to Gore and the spread the word about what he called the need to beat Republican George W. Bush.

During the impromptu interview, which followed the Tuesday morning Gore-Lieberman campaign press briefing, Reiner also became visibly agitated while contemplating a Bush victory in response to a question from a television reporter.

"The difference between these candidates is not who is more qualified and who is less qualified, but who is not qualified," Reiner said, raising his voice and criticizing Bush for his reported misstatement about prescription drugs during the first debate in October. Reiner also leveled criticism at the news media for not reporting more on Bush's misstatements.

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