Piers Morgan Fawns Over 'Razor Smart' Alec Baldwin, 'Talking Like a President'

Alec Baldwin is part of the Hollywood liberal elite, but that didn't stop CNN's Piers Morgan – whose job is to be an objective and fair interviewer – from pressing him to run for office. Morgan slobbered over Baldwin's intelligence and expressed that he is a "political fan" of him in a Wednesday night interview.

"People will be watching this, Alec, saying, look at this guy. He looks razor smart tonight. He lost a bit of weight. He's talking like a president," Morgan kissed up to Baldwin. He mourned that Baldwin's passion for comedy "is a bitter disappointment to political fans of yours like myself who would love to see you run for office."

Baldwin is well-known as a liberal, having supported the recent Occupy protests as well as being a card-carrying member of PETA. He has also made headlines for his Twitter rants against Republicans and conservatives. And yet Morgan claims to be "political fan" of the liberal actor.

And possibly thinking ahead to 2016, Morgan asked him if he's given thought about running for president, asking him if  "part of you always harbored the possibility that you could one day run for the presidency?"

A brief transcript of the segment, which aired on January 25 at 9:10 p.m. EST, is as follows:

PIERS MORGAN: People will be watching this, Alec, saying, look at this guy. He looks razor smart tonight. He lost a bit of weight. He's talking like a president. And yet, when you were given the chance to confirm if you would run for mayor of New York City, you finally said you wouldn't. And there are people like me going, but why wouldn't you, Alec Baldwin?

(...)

[9:20]

MORGAN: I mean, has part of you always harbored – and be honest here. Has part of you always harbored the possibility that you could one day run for the presidency?

BALDWIN: Well, I think that it's something that I used to think about a long, long time ago. It would be a little late in the game for me, I think, to set my ship on a course that would lead to that ultimately. I mean it's something – that's what I wanted to do my whole life and quite frankly when I got in to the business I'm in now, it was a very – on a personal level.

Matt Hadro
Matt Hadro
Matt Hadro was a News Analyst for the Media Research Center's News Analysis Division from 2010 through early 2014