Charlie Daniels Cries ‘Vote!’
Charlie Daniels may not be publicly endorsing a candidate, but he is not keeping quiet on the presidential election. While Daniels says he will not use his popularity to campaign for one party or the other, he will use his fame to motivate America on November 4.
"Get out and vote," he said to Nashville's Tennessean newspaper. "I am so disgusted every time when the election returns come in that only a certain percentage of the people have voted. And some of them are the ones who complain the loudest. You have nothing to complain about if you don't vote."
While Daniels has made several public comments questioning Senator Barack Obama's ability to lead, he is adamant in his stance to keep mum on who will get his vote.
"Vote for whoever you want to," says the 72-year-old country legend. "Vote for Obama or McCain or write in somebody; at least take the time to vote ... If 80 percent of the electorate would turn out one time, it would shake Washington to its foundation."
No stranger to politics, Daniels has also become an outspoken advocate of Congressional term limits, using Alaskan Senator Ted Stevens as his reason. The longest-running Republican Senator ever in office, Stevens was recently found guilty on all seven counts of making false statements on Senate disclosure forms.
Referring to Stevens as a "hero in Alaska," Daniels is quick to point out that it was Stevens long tenure in office that became his political downfall. "We hear about all the stuff he's done, and maybe some criminal stuff, but he's brought so much money into that state that they're not going to get rid of him. Whose money is he taking? Ours."
A firm believer in eight-year term limits, Daniels adds, "These people lose touch with reality and America and what's going on in the streets," he says. "Thereby when they do legislation, they pass stupid stuff."