Sean Astin speaks out on Clinton support: I trust Hillary

Sean Astin speaks out on Clinton support: I trust Hillary

When it comes to celebrity endorsements, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders each have a slew of famous backers on their sides: actors and actresses, singers and musicians.

And when a couple hundred Clinton supporters came out last week to rally before the Democratic debate in Brooklyn, some of the more noteworthy people backing her campaign came out too. That group included Sean Astin, who lost his mother Patty Duke only a few weeks prior.

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Sean Astin speaks out on Clinton support: I trust Hillary

Tim Kaine

The junior Democratic Senator from the swing state of Virginia could be a strategic selection for Hillary. Kaine also served as the governor of Virginia from 2006- 2010.

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Elizabeth Warren

The current U.S. Senator from Massachusetts is popular among progressive Democrats, and some even tried to draft her to run for president herself in 2016. 

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Sherrod Brown

Insiders believe that the senior U.S. Senator from Ohio could help Clinton increase her popularity with working-class voters, a group she has yet to win in a big way so far in primary contests.  

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Cory Booker

The U.S. Senator from New Jersey is both youthful and charismatic and would add racial diversity to a Clinton ticket. 

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Tom Perez

The current U.S. Secretary of Labor is considered a sleeper pick by many Democrats because he is not well known outside of D.C., but some believe his strength and popularity among union workers and other progressive groups could be an asset to Clinton's ticket. 

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Bernie Sanders

The Independent from Vermont has become Hillary Clinton's primary rival for the Democratic nomination, garnering a surprising amount of support. Bringing Sanders onto the ticket could help to unite both sets of supporters who have been split in Democratic primaries.

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Martin O'Malley

A former 2016 rival of Hillary Clinton, and former Maryland governor, Martin O’Malley could help bring some executive experience, along with a slight youthful boost to the ticket.

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Tom Vilsack

The Secretary of Agriculture since 2009, Tom Vilsack also served as the governor of Iowa from 1999 to 2007. Vilsack could bring some governing experience along with swing state influence.  


Evan Bayh 

Evan Bayh could bring a more right leaning brand of politics to the ticket. Bayh previously served as the junior U.S. Senator from Indiana from 1999 to 2011, and also as the 46th Governor of Indiana from 1989 to 1997.  

Joe Biden

While the likelihood of him agreeing to take on the veep job again might be low, Biden's popularity among Democrats would likely boost Clinton's chances. 

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Bill Clinton

Hillary's husband is technically allowed to serve in the job, and some legal experts even think he'd be able to take office if necessary. Unfortunately for the diehard Clinton supporters, a Clinton-Clinton ticket will probably be a dream that never comes true. 

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Astin, known for his roles in "Lord of the Rings" and more hit films, explained to AOL why he's joined Team Hillary.

"I've watched her in action. I see how she interacts with people. I see how she makes decisions. I watch how she leads. I see her compassion," he said.

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He also spoke about one of the biggest traits discussed in the race: trustworthiness.

"I trust her. There's a lot of talk about trust in this campaign, and I think that there are millions of people that trust Hillary Clinton," he said of her.

"I'm excited to see what she does as commander in chief," he added. "Things in this world are looking pretty tricky at the moment, and I'd like to see her steady hand and her leverage her experience."

Many of her other supporters echoed similar sentiments.

"There's no part of this job that she hasn't been involved in directly, and also of course indirectly by going back to her time as first lady and just being around to know what goes on," John "Bowzer" Bauman of the band Sha Na Na told AOL.

"I certainly don't mind the idea of having a woman in the White House in my lifetime, but it's not just any woman. It's this woman," Bauman said.

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