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Roseanne Barr on why she’s running for president: Americans ‘don’t dig’ our corrupt government

By Jonathan Terbush
Saturday, September 29, 2012 18:58 EDT
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Actress Roseannae Barr explained in an interview Friday with Current TV’s Cenk Uygur that she’s still pursuing a low-profile presidential campaign because the government and both parties are bought and paid for by corporate interests, and that average Americans, “don’t dig that.”

Saying that her biggest issue was, “peace in the world,” Barr, who is running on the Peace and Freedom Party ticket, attacked the political status quo a, “duopolistic fundraising machine of the prison/military industrial complex.” In particular, she slammed the privatization of civic institutions and questioned the  use of prison labor to boost the economy, claiming that 90% of house paint is manufactured by inmates.

“We’re exporting war, and we’re also using prison labor as our manufacturing base,” Barr said.

“They’re talking about privatizing prisons and stuff like that, well, you know I’m the legalization candidate because a lot of the people who are going to jail to make this paint are teenage working class kids and a lot of them are people of color,” she said. “I just don’t think thats’ the kind of country we want.”

Yet those problems persist because, she said, candidates from both parties are beholden to the wealthy donors who finance their campaigns, and not to the American people.

“Nobody in our country is really behind any of this, privatizing prisons and schools or any of this other stuff you get when the highest office and all of your government is for sale to the highest bidder,” she said. “We don’t dig that.”

As for why she’s opposing Obama, Barr said her candidacy would push him in the right direction on some issues where they had disagreements.

“If I were in OBama’s positon, I would do some different things,” she said. “And so I’m kind of running so that I can offer Obama other ideas,” she said.

Barr sought the Green Party nomination earlier this year, though the party instead picked Jill Stein to represent them in November.

Watch the interview below:

Jonathan Terbush
Jonathan Terbush
Jon Terbush is a Boston-based writer whose work has appeared in Talking Points Memo, Business Insider, the New Haven Register, and elsewhere. He tweets about politics, cats, and baseball via @jonterbush.
 
 
 
 
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