10 Questions with Robert Redford

On the eve of the 2008 election, we had a chance to talk to Robert Redford about all things political. Here he shares his favorite political movie, his favorite candidate and what role he thinks art should play in politics.

Q: What’s your favorite political movie?

A: The Candidate, Warner Bros. 1972

Q: What role do you feel art plays in politics?

A: Art should be above politics, but rather a beacon.

Q: What do you think is the biggest issue for the next generation of Americans?

A: To elect new progressive-minded leaders for change. We cannot afford more of the politics of the last 8 years.

Q: Who was the first political candidate you were excited to vote for and why?

Bobby Kennedy. Why? It speaks for itself… role of humanity and compassion in politics.

Q: What factors are important to you in choosing a president?

A: Sense of history, foreign culture, one world, open mind, truthful.

Q: What issues would you like to see politicians focus more on?

A: New energy policy, which truly seizes inherent economic opportunities like job creation and market growth… do the tough stuff. The environment would make huge gains.

Q: Which issues would you like to see politicians focus less on?

A: Their own special interests.

Q: Which candidate’s initiatives do you feel better address environmental concerns?

A: Obama, clearly.

Q: This is your soapbox – shout it out! What do you need to get off your chest?

Get rid of the current administration profile of ideologues, cronyism and incompetence.

Q: Do you have any recommended links, books or movies so people can learn more about the issues you care about?

A: Jane Mayer’s book, The Dark Side: The Inside Story of How the War on Terror Turned into a War on American Ideals.

Frank Rich’s articles (New York Times)

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