by Michael dEstries
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Matt Damon just spoke to the Associated Press and one of the topics discussed was Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin. Needless to say, Damon does not think highly of the pick. Here’s his response:

“I think there’s a really good chance Sarah Palin could become president, and I think that’s a really scary thing… I don’t know anything about her and in eight weeks, I don’t think I’m going to know anything about her. I know that she was a mayor of a really, really small town and she’s the governor for Alaska for less than two years. I just don’t understand. I think the pick was made for political purposes… Do the actuary tables and there’s a one out of three chance, if not more, that [John] McCain doesn’t survive his first term and it’ll be President Palin… It’s like a really bad Disney movie. The hockey mom, you know, ‘oh, I’m just a hockey mom’… and she’s facing down President Putin (of Russia)… It’s totally absurd… it’s a really terrifying possibility.”

What do you think of Matt’s comments?

via JustJared

[UPDATE: Check out the video of Matt saying these comments and more after the jump. My favorite line: “I really want to know if she believes dinosaurs were here 4,000 years ago.”]

About Michael dEstries

Michael has been blogging since 2005 on issues such as sustainability, renewable energy, philanthropy, and healthy living. He regularly contributes to a slew of publications, as well as consulting with companies looking to make an impact using the web and social media. He lives in Ithaca, NY with his family on an apple farm.

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  • hil

    She gives me the willies

  • xq

    i love how he keeps a completely straight face while he’s saying all this, also love “i want to know if she thinks dinosaurs were here 4,000 years ago” here’s the link to the video:

  • erin

    she scares the crap out of me. like i said before – you think Bush screwed up this country and ruined the economy? just WAIT if she and mcPAIN get elected.

  • Regan S.

    If it were even possible, this makes me love Matt Damon even more. I’ve never considered myself an especially political person, but the idea of a McCain/Palin victory keeps me up at night. I agree with Erin’s sentiment: she scares the crap out of me (and not because she’s a self professed “pit bull”.

  • Cid Martins

    Evil palin :( :

    By the way, in a survey recently made in 12 European countries, Obama was (by far) the favourite in each and every one of them!

    What did I tell you? ;)

    Go Obama and Biden! Stop the 2 evil soul mates ‘maccalin’ … EVIL I tell you… :)

  • Aelys

    I’m afraid Matt is entirely right. This McCain/Palin team is even more scary than Bush & Cheney

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  • Brianne

    Give her a wig and she looks like she’ll fit right in in Stepford.

  • hockeyMom

    hey matt, maybe you’ll enjoy the disney movie Bambi – “if you don’t have anything nice to say, then don’t say anything at all”.
    cid – palin isn’t running in those 12 European countries – so who cares what they say.
    stick to acting matt – cos Hockey Moms do ROCK!

  • Cathy

    He is an arrogant bigot and has no respect. What scares the crap out of me are those of you who ‘love his bigotry.’ He and people like him fuel the dangerous anti-Christian movement that is happening right now with their hateful rhetoric. You are so self-righteous you cannot even begin to see how your own hatred will result in groups of people being imprisoned and probably put to death. And you will cheer, until it is your turn.

  • Sharon

    Does anyone wonder WHY these other countries like Obama? Because they don’t want the USA to be a superpower over them. Because they know that with Obama in charge of the USA, they have a good chance of becoming stronger than they need to be. Note also- that a famed president that most people Love at this point- had the same things said about him– that other countries did not want Him to be president– that would be President Ronald Regan.
    Palin is a strong woman, and she has more experience running her “small town” and the entire state of Alaska than Obama has in his experience. He hasn’t even done much of a job as a senator, as he’s been running for president for most of his time in office. He has been a community organizer- he has not been the LEADER of anything.

    What scares you about Palin?? Why do you think John McCain is going to drop dead? Sure, he’s in his 70’s, but his mother is still alive and very perky for her 90+ age… genetics would suggest that he will live quite a while.

    Obama wants change?- aside from the fact that he keeps saying “change change” without really saying what he wants to do– look at his policies- he wants to raise your taxes, he wants to implement sex ed in the classroom for K-5, he wants to spend money in other countries. His faith and loyalty to this country are waffling, at best. In an interview he stated that there were 57 states in the USA. And THIS is a man you want as president?

    Oh my goodness. Isn’t this supposed to be an eco friendly site? Since when did it become such a biased democratic site? Can’t we be green and leave the politics aside??

  • John

    In reply to Sharon, I’m from Australia and am hopeful for Obama to get it. This is just because he is more kindly. Palin is evil… doesn’t care about Polar Bears, wants to keep oil going, rather than looking for more renewable energies, wants wolves and so on dead, etc.

    She is not a compassionate choice for the future of the world.

  • Tony Kondaks

    What do I think of Matt Damon’s comments?

    I think he made the statistics up out of thin air…no, I don’t “think” he made them up, I KNOW he made them up.

    In the video, Matt Damon says if you look up the actuarial tables there is a one in three chance that McCain will die within the next four years.

    Damon then boldly challenges us to “do the actuarial tables”.

    Well, I did…and Damon is off…WAY off.

    The actuarial tables supplied by the U.S. government indicate a one in seven chance, NOT a one in three chance as Damon claims (he obviously thought you were all dummies and wouldn’t check up on him…and if the comments on this blog are any indication, he was right!)

    Take a look at

    If you add up the four years for males from ages 72 to 75 you get 0.151985 which translates to about 1/7th or one in 7.

  • Cid Martins

    Well ‘hockeyMom’, next time the USA wants to invade a defenceless country, then don’t turn to your allies for help because we also won’t give a s*** about you! And if another 9/11 happens then you’re on your own to find the culprits!

    And who gets elected to be president of the USA is the rest of the world’s concern too! The day you stop sticking your dicks in someone else’s desert for oil or incite conflicts (Russian prime minister Vladimir Puttin stated that it was the bush administration which incited Georgia to start this conflict, because bush wanted to help maccain’s campaign), then who is the president of the USA is none of our concern!

    And someone who has done everything in her powers to explore Alaska’s resources without caring for the environment and wants to remove polar bears and beluga whales from the endangered species list so they can be hunted, and who might become the VP of your country, is an issue in an eco friendly site!!

    Don’t get me wrong, I love the USA and I have always wanted to go and live there, but that doesn’t mean I have to close my eyes and not see the reality!!

    I rest my case… thank you ;)

  • Tara

    To whoever commented that we should be “saying something nice”- WAKE UP- where have you been the last 8 years?? This is the leadership of this country we are discussing, not ride shares. And we live in a GLOBAL culture- Bambi- we all have to interact to get along. Sarah Palin is not qualified to come even close to this position. What qualifications SHOULD a VP or president have? Integrity (no check). Education? (no check). Experience? (no check)…….

  • VeggieTart

    Sharon, you wanna know what scares me about Palin? Well, do you really need to ask? Let’s see, she asked at least in hypothetical terms about banning books and wanted to fire the librarian who would refuse to do so. Her husband was a member of and she offered her suupport to an Alaska secessionist party. She wants government to get between women and their doctors when it comes to reproductive rights. She doesn’t care if she destroys the earth because she’s looking forward to the rapture. She wants abstinence-only sex education even though she sees living proof of its failure every day; her teenage daughter is pregnant. Evangelicals scare the crap out of me. And she attended a church that was even more hateful than the one run by Jeremiah Wright.

    Yes, it’s supposed to be a green site, but the Republican candidates are as far from green as you can get. And I have nothing against hockey moms, but I do have something against *this* particular hockey mom, who apparently ran Wasilla into debt after taking over a city in good financial condition. Guess she learned well from Mr. Bushie.

  • Rachelle

    Matt is not a bigot and you don’t have to agree with him or even like him…He’s giving his opinion…just like the rest of you here are doing…It’s called Freedom of Speech. And whether you’re Dem, Repub, Lib, Indep or otherwise…if you live in America, you’re entitled to your opinion no matter how positive or negative it is. It’s protected by the Constitution.

    Matt did get one thing wrong…Russia’s president is Medvedev…Whether Putin is pulling his strings or not is another issue.

  • Rachelle

    Cathy you said: “He and people like him fuel the dangerous anti-Christian movement that is happening right now with their hateful rhetoric.”

    I say that the three Abrahamic religions (Judaism, Christianity and Islam) have been far more dangerous than actors spouting off their opinions. If there is an anti-Christian movement going on (which I highly doubt), then it is due to those Christians who want to shove their beliefs down the throats of others and slow the progress of science. Palin can believe whatever she wants to and it should not matter in her bid for the Vice Presidency since there is no religious test for office and there SHOULD BE separation of church and state (Thomas Jefferson must be turning over in his grave right now the way religion has permeated politics.)….America is NOT a CHRISTIAN nation…but it is a religious nation (there are just as many Jews as there are Christians). Personally I think one could create a thousand more oceans with the amount of blood spilled in the name of “The Almighty.” (Don’t ask me for examples because I will gladly supply them. LOL!) I say leave religion out of politics and keep it to yourself.

  • lisacruz

    Matt, what were you thinking? Were you drunk during the interview? Sarah might not be the perfect person or perfect candidate but still she’s serving this country, you have to respect that. Still she’s a lot better (hotter) than your waitress wife. Show some respect’s not easy to be a mother. if you want to attack her, attack her policy (like a gentleman) but don’t attack her for being a hockey mom. You have a wife, a mother, a step daughter and two daughters of your own. They are all mothers and going to be mothers one day. Show some decency you hollywood boy, good for nothing except making movies. How about yourself? How good are you to judge others? You rich actors won’t care for the economy, the healthcare, education as long as you have movies to shoot. I don’t think you do care about others, you’re just jealous of her popularity…more than you maybe!!!!! If a man can be a president and a father at the same time, it’s the same, she can be a hockey mom and also the vice president. What experience do you have in public service? Anser this question to yourself.

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  • erin

    Hey you Palin lovers,

    You obviously don’t frequent this eco friendly board that actually has great ideas about helping the environment and the future of our children – so go back to your hunting and fat ass shopping network websites and stay away. Sorry you found this post on some sick Sarah search you were doing and thanks for coming and making your point (anti Christian movement scary?! LOL I’m with Rachelle’s response to YOUR comment. (God why is all the right wing religious zealots think they’re way is the only way. You’re as bad as the terrorists! Thanks though to Rachelle Cid Martins and others for the great posts.

    And for the pit bulls with lipstick- your makeup is fading. Go away and try eating some healthy food, putting your guns away and actually giving a SHIT about your children’s future…

  • Kristy

    Erin- I couldn’t have said it better myself. Kudos.

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  • Sharon

    Oh my goodness.
    Do you even hear yourselves?
    You acuse Palin of being a hater of animals, women, etc- but you are a hater of anyone with a differing opinion of your own.
    I did not do some sick Palen search and find this site and write to bug you. I frequent this site regularly.
    I am green. I love the earth, I do all that I can do make it better, and I teach my family and friends to do so. I am the leader of a green movement for all of the schools in my district.
    Get of your high horse thinking you are so much better than everyone else.
    Much of the information you have about Palin is partial information taken out of context to support your meaningless arguments.
    I have full comprehension of the things I say, and type.
    Not everyone who is Republican is anti-earth. And not everyone who is Democrat is green.
    Geez- you paint the horrific picture of Palin to fit the mini expectation you have of her and then you do the same to her supporters. It’s utterly ridiculous that the Haters are you Green, eco-friendly, earth saving, perfect hippies… and yet you have the audacity to assume that All republicans are haters- of animals, the earth, religions other than their own, etc. I’m sure some of your Democrats are not such perfect Green caretakers of the Earth.

    Do some research before you spout off against others.
    Be open minded. People are all different. We don’t, nor do we have to, fit into some expected standard group for you to hate.

  • John

    Sharon, here is some examples of how Palin is against the environment and wildlife:

    If Palin wasn’t bad to wildlife or the environment I would probably think she is ok, a bit but since the environment is one of the major issues.. I really worry about what could happen to the US and the rest of the world if she gets near the White House.

    I am just so bummed that in this day and age, people can’t be more caring towards the Earth.

  • Mistress Koloth

    Matt Damon is such an absolute idiot. He can’t even get his facts straight.

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  • Tom

    Interestingly enough if you check Bill Clinton’s political experience prior to becoming the 42 President, he was Governor of Arkansas from 1978 to 1980. From 1976 to 1978 he was the state attorney general of Arkansas and the rest of his political experience was for the most part, as a Democratic political party rep and working on political campaigns. And a Ross Perot once noted “do you know what the GDP of the State of Arkansas is?”

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  • peacelovehappiness

    oh jeeze! nobody is discriminating against hockey moms, it’s just the fact that she’s using the title “hockey mom” to get support for her campaign! how ridiculous is it that our vp candidate is gaining voters on the premise that she is a hockey mom. so all you hockey mom supporters go ahead and vote for the candidate you have something in common with… look where this country will be in a few years.

  • Cid Martins

    Sharon: no one here hates anyone who has a different point of view…

    What most of us hate is someone who wants to shoot wolves from a plane for fun… who wants to remove polar bears and beluga whales from the endangered species list so they can be hunted, who wants to drill everywhere she can, who wants schools to teach creationism (which by the way goes against everything science stands for), who doesn’t want women to have the free choice to abort (even when raped!), who is homophobic … I could go on indefinitely…

    And no one says democrats are perfect or that republicans are evil, even though those who support the 2 evil soul mates ‘maccalin’, are for sure… or are, to say the least, not the smartest tools in the shed…

    And if you are what you claim to be – leader of a green movement – you should be 100% against palin… otherwise I am sorry (and this is my opinion), you are a hypocrite… It’s like I say I am a vegetarian and then go and have a cheeseburger! Either you are true to yourself and honour your ideals and do everything to defend them or you’re a fake! It’s your choice (something palin doesn’t like very much)…

    Please do not come here and state we wrote something we didn’t, ok?

    Actually the only insulting comments I’ve seen in this site come from palin supporters…

    We have reasons to ‘insult’ palin and we explain why! It’s you palin supporters who come here and insult us just because we don’t have the same opinion about her as you do!

    And no sharon, the European countries don’t have the imperialistic aspirations the USA has had during bush/cheney, ok?

    Please inform yourself better next time and actually read the comments and its reasons before you start accusing others…

    Thank you :)

  • jennifer ramos

    If I hear the word hockey mom again I’m going to throw up. . I love how some of these ignorant people believe all the McCain ads. The one about OBAMA teaching little kids sex ed…thats a total lie and you know it. He wanted to educate these children to watch out for sexual predators. Which could save your children too!! Think, before you make false accusations, get your facts straight. Stop depending on mccain ads and FOX news for answers. Mccain is completely out of touch with the average american and palins policies on environment are going to drive us all into hell if they are elected. In my opinion, the McCain/Palin ticket is as popular as Paris Hilton, for absolutely NOTHING!

    Way to go Matt Damon, he’s right, more people should speak up about this insanity.

    OBAMA 08!

  • Sharon

    I’m very well informed. I did not come here and insult you- though I have been insulted by people on this site.
    I am not a hypocrite. I am a realist.

  • Sharon

    I just think that often- the Whole story is not told. For example:
    Yes, Sarah Palin supports not putting beluga whales on the endangered species list. Why? The whales were unsustainably hunted in the early 1990s. Since then there have been many conservation efforts- and the population is on the rise. She does not want them on the endangered list because doing so would hurt the economy of that area of Alaska- not because they are hunting whales- but because the entire area they frequent would be off limits.

    Yes, Sarah Palin supports hunting wolves from planes– why? Because the wolf population is Large- and the wolves are killing excessive number of caribou and moose- and thusly endangering those popluations. Hunting from planes is only done to control populations. It is against the law to do this for sport only.

    She is not doing these things in a hurtful manner- she’s doing them with reasons to protect other species– kind of looking out for the big picture.

    So many of these reports online are just half truths or partial information- taken out of context.

    I don’t want to get into debate about her- all I had said at the very beginning was – can’t this be left as a site to discuss our green views and information- but instead it has degraded into a political ranting site. It is unfortunate. As both sides have their positives and negatives.

    Obama is not the perfect candidate as many would believe. Dig deeper into both sides and learn more.

  • AsISeeIt

    I agree with Matt Damon. And to those who said he just “picked it out of the air” I would love have you guys intuition but the lack thereof.

    I follow both candidates…and to be honest – McCain/Palin SCARES THE HELL OF ME! I listened to McCain/republicans push the point that McCain is a war hero because he was shot down and captured by the enemy. Now, it lead me to ask the following questions; How does one become a war hero by having ones plane shot down, being captured, and then released [not escaped]by the enemy? If that makes one a war hero, then it surely doesn’t speak well for soldiers of the kind.

    McCain and Palin appears so unsure, so naive, so dishonest. Unlike most people, I do my own investigation on their [both candidates]adds – and I must say, whilst both have some degree of dishonesty with their adds – I find that McCain is most dishonest…and that scares the hell out of me! Palin?…hmm, for start, her voice annoys the hell out of me. Now that is not why I’m not won over by her. Truth be told, what McCain and the republicans has done by selecting her confirms to me that republicans really don’t like women rights, and really don’t respect women per se. It is but a piece of effrontery to think that women would vote for McCain simply because of a women as his running mate. this is simply an insult to women’s intelligence. And doesn’t McCain’s record show that he doesn’t believe in equal pay for women? That is myopic thinking in my view; analoguos to a racist!

    i am voting on issues, ot colour, not whether I like the man or not, not because of my political affiliation, not what some reporters on CNN, NBC, ABC or any other TV or radio station says – but simply on the issues.

  • Mike Beinert

    Matt Damon needs to stick to making movies like ALL of these Hollywood morons. I’m not sure who I am voting for, but I’m pretty sure that Obama has just as little experience as Palin and less if you consider she’s actually done work as a governor for nearly two years. Plus, Matt, you are really voting on the president…NOT THE VP! You might be able to play a soldier in Saving Private Ryan, but this guy REALLY served his country while you and Ben Afleck were playing grab ass filming “School Ties.”

  • Jonathan White

    I want to debate on Sarah Palin so please make a comment.