He breaks ranks to voice support...
Jason Gregory

17:02 30th October 2008

Republican John McCain's bid to become the next president of the United States has won the support of Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry.

The guitarist told the Boston Herald that he thought Mr McCain was better suited to solving threats to America's national security and its economic problems than rival Barack Obama.

He also said he believed Mr McCain could still overhaul Mr Obama's lead in the polls.

“I’m an optimist. It ain’t over till its over. I think that he’s got a chance,” he said.

Perry's endorsement has come as a surprise, and goes against Aerosmith's usually non-political stance.

Life-long Republican

The guitarist told the newspaper that he had been a Republican all his life.

“My mother and father drilled into me from the very start that if you work hard and be positive, you’ll get what you’re working for. I guess I’m living proof of that,” he said.

The musician also defended 72-year-old Mr McCain's age, which, if successful next week, would make him the oldest first term president in American history.

“My mother’s in her 80s and she does aerobics. My manager’s 70 and he’s right there. That doesn’t bother me,” he said.

Mr McCain's campaign has failed to obtain support has lucidly as Mr Obama's. To see which musicians have endorsed the Democrat, CLICK HERE.


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