WASHINGTON (AP) — Feisty Betty White says she usually keeps her political views private, but in this presidential election she strongly favors one candidate.
As she prepares to visit the Smithsonian Institution and National Zoo next week, White told The Associated Press she “very, very much favors” President Barack Obama in the election.
The beloved 90-year-old star of TV Land’s “Hot in Cleveland” said Friday she is very bi-partisan and has stayed away from politics all of her life. She usually never says who she is for or against because she doesn’t want to turn off any of her adoring fans.
But now, she’s being much more outspoken, declaring that she likes what Obama has done and “how he represents us.”
Her comments come after Hollywood turned out at George Clooney’s home to raise $15 million for Obama’s re-election, a record for a single fundraiser.
Will Betty’s endorsement help sway the election for Obama? Well, some say the support he received from another top TV star in 2008 — Oprah Winfrey — helped put him over the top in that election year. Can Betty White exert the same influence? Stay tuned.