Obama Receives a Celebrity Endorsement at FSU

It was politics with a side of humor at Florida State University Wednesday.

“I’m going to talk to the old Jews.”

Jason Alexander, who played George Costanza on Seinfeld, spoke to a crowd of students, asking them to vote for President Barack Obama.

Alexander told the students, government spending is the best way to save the economy. As for Mitt Romney’s plan of spending cuts and tax breaks.

“I was in the pool.”

Alexander says it would bring “shrinkage” to the economy. “I don’t anticipate it working again so yes, there could be significant shrinkage and it won’t be because he was in the pool.”

Celebrities are lining up behind both candidates. Romney has his own comedian, Jeff Foxworthy. “You might be a redneck.”

And who can forget the moment from Clint Eastwood talking to an empty chair at the RNC? “What do you want me to tell Romney? I can’t tell him to do that.”

But do celebrity endorsements even matter? I spoke with a political science professor here at FSU who says not really.

Professor Carol Weissert says celebrities may not sway votes, but they can bring excitement to campaigns, especially among young voters. “I think that the Obama administration is really trying to get out the youth vote.”

We found Eric Reiner, an undecided voter, at the Alexander event. “We’ll I wouldn’t have come out here if he wasn’t here so It could have a big impact.”

After leaving FSU, the Seinfeld star headed to the University of Florida, in hopes of bringing laughs and securing votes for the president.

Alexander isn’t new to the political scene. He also traveled, speaking on Obama’s behalf, during the 2008 election cycle.


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