Alec Baldwin: I didn’t call Mitt Romney a Ken doll

Laura Donovan | Contributor

“30 Rock” star Alec Baldwin, who formally joined Twitter a little more than a week ago, clarified in a Saturday Huffington Post column that he never compared GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney to a Barbie.

Baldwin, who published several politically-charged tweets late last week about Republicans, the state of the nation, and potential good leaders for the country, claims that he wasn’t calling the former Massachusetts governor a Ken doll when he tweeted on Friday, “and Ken doll appeal that a lot of right-wingers go for.”

“I did not write that Romney is a Ken doll,” Baldwin argues in his HuffPo piece. “He is anything but. And the sooner Democratic political operatives agree on that, the better for Obama. I referred to that iconic retail figure to highlight those types that are lean of frame and square jawed, like Romney, who seem to hold the public’s attention more easily.”

During his Friday Twitter spree, Baldwin tweeted, “Romney has the best chance. But that’s not saying much.” The “It’s Complicated” funnyman went on to assert that Chris Christie, Mike Huckabee, and Newt Gingrich don’t stand a chance against President Barack Obama.

“Romney is a serious challenge to Obama,” Baldwin continued in his HuffPo article. “He is wealthy, so he can pay for his own helicopter to his kid’s ballgame. He lacks any of the abjectly feral, political hit man quality of, say, Gingrich. He is a decent speaker, and will only improve if his GOP handlers are as Pygmalionesque as they have proven in the past.”

Last week, Baldwin tweeted about his concerns for the U.S. and world. “Miot Americans have already forgotten the BP spill, Fukushima,” the comedian wrote. The New York University graduate also proffered, “We need higher tolls, fees on single occupancy commuters.”

Baldwin, who said at the beginning of this year that he’s “very, very interested” in running for political office, might say farewell to “30 Rock” when his contract expires next year, just in time for the election cycle. “I want to take the opportunity to state that although my days on network TV may be numbered, I hope ’30 Rock’ goes on forever,” Baldwin wrote in an April HuffPo piece.

The PETA activist, who hails from New York, has voiced his left-leaning political views for years. In a 2005 HuffPo column, Baldwin posed the question, “Why are contemporary Republicans so full of shit? And a follow-up…How did the party of Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt and General Eisenhower get taken over by such lying, thieving, self-serving scoundrels?”

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