What if Charles Barkley run for President, will you vote for him?
November 2, 2006 8:58am CST
Basketball's Barkley switches political teams, eyes governor's office July 27, 2006 MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- Former basketball star Charles Barkley says he's switched political teams from Republican to Democrat and is again talking about running for governor in his home state, possibly in 2010. "I really believe I was put on Earth to do more than play basketball and stockpile money," said Barkley, known as the Round Mound of Rebound. "I really want to help people improve their lives, and what's left is for me to decide how best to do that." Barkley, a Leeds native who has been an NBA analyst with cable network TNT since his 2000 retirement, has been talking about running for governor of Alabama since he was playing with the Phoenix Suns in the 1990s. In 1995, he said he was considering running in 1998 as a Republican, but that never materialized. Barkley continued to identify himself as a Republican until recently, when he switched parties. "I was a Republican until they lost their minds," he said earlier this month. Barkley said his immediate goal is to get his 17-year-old daughter through high school and into college. Then he plans to decide on his future, including whether to run for governor. "I say welcome Charles Barkley. Charles Barkley has been a Horatio Alger story for many people, not only in sports but in business and broadcasting," Joe Turnham, Alabama's Democratic Party chairman, said Wednesday. But Jim Seroka, a political science professor at Auburn University, said the former Auburn basketball star is getting ahead of himself. "He doesn't have any of the bases necessary to run a statewide campaign," Seroka said. The head of the state GOP said she has no idea whether Barkley is serious when talking about a future race for governor as a Democrat. "To be governor requires more than a publicity stunt. It requires real leadership," said Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh. Barkley is eyeing a job that has had more than its share of scandal, with criminal convictions against two of the last four people elected to the office. Former Gov. Don Siegelman was convicted of government corruption charges last month, and Guy Hunt was forced to step down as governor in 1993 when he was convicted of an ethics violation. WILL YOU???
• United States
4 Nov 06
I am a Mavericks fan so unfortunately I see a lot of Charles Barkley on TNT because he's an announcer, he has a tendency to talk down to everyone, he's demeaning, arguementative and gets mad when he's not getting all the attention, I would never vote a toddler into office.
• United States
4 Nov 06
If Charles Barkley ran for President... who knows what would happen. Hey, we already have to many problems with our government today, why create more problems by allowing all these tv, sport, movie, and other stars run for president.