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August 5th, 2008
08:32 PM ET

Paris Hilton for President?

Barclay Palmer
AC360 Senior Producer

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Now Paris Hilton leaps into the presidential contest, releasing her own "campaign ad" with a tart reply to John McCain.

Last week, McCain mocked Barack Obama in an ad calling him the “biggest celebrity in the world,” mixing images of Obama with pictures of Hilton and Britney Spears, and asking, "But is he ready to lead?"

Well, in her own ad, Paris Hilton fires back at McCain, with a voiceover that says, "He's the oldest celebrity in the world. Like... super old. Old enough to remember when dancing was a sin, and beer was served in a bucket. But... is he ready to lead?"

Then Paris appears, smiling warmly from a poolside loungechair and wearing a leopard-print bathing suit, and says saucily, “I want America to know that I’m like, totally ready to lead.”

"That wrinkly, white-haired guy used me in his campaign ad, which I guess means I'm running for president. So thanks for the endorsement white-haired dude."

Then in a single sentence, she offers her own energy policy, calling it "a hybrid" of McCain's and Obama's energy policies: “Energy crisis solved!”

The video is classic Warhol-like Paris. Check it out.

Hilton has often been called a celebrity just for being a celebrity. But, as her website happily points out, she has been a model, recorded an album, published a tongue-in-cheek autobiography, starred in a hit movie and TV show, and launched several business ventures. Oh, and she went to jail ever so briefly last year.

In response to her ad, McCain spokesman Tucker Bounds says, "Paris Hilton might not be as big a celebrity as Barack Obama, but she obviously has a better energy plan."

No response to that little jibe from Camp Obama - not yet, anyway.

The raw politics is getting rawer, ain't it?


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