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Aerosmith’s Joe Perry on meeting McCain and his own political ambitions

Perry endorsed the Arizona Republican last fall in McCain’s failed bid for the presidency, and he was very impressed with the senator when he met him Thursday.

{mosads}”I felt better about politics in general after meeting [McCain],” Perry told The Hill. “He’s a war hero, and they’re the most genuine heroes. Anyone who does what [soldiers in combat] do, they’re amazing heroes. Forget about [popular video game] Guitar Heroes. It’s an overused word.”

Perry, as self-confessed “life-long Republican,” was also impressed by McCain’s ability to speak frankly, without “sounding like a politician.”

“He has a great vibe, and he was really frank about the election and why he lost. And he still sticks to his guns, with no B.S.”

But McCain’s wasn’t the only election that Perry discussed in the interview; asked whether he would ever consider running for office, the rock star paused before responding.

“Sure, if I ever find myself in that position, I could see changing things up a little. I’ve been playing rock and roll for a long time now, and if California can have actors for politicians, then maybe the rest of the country can have musicians.”

His platform? “Taking on big business.”

But while Perry steamed over the influence of corporate interest in politics, he acknowledged that the cost of campaigns made corporate fundraising an essential part of the process.

“[Accepting campaign donations from corporations] and [being a] politician are a little bit like doing steroids and being a pro-wrestler,” he explained. “You’ve got to do it if you want to be competitive.”


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