Rob Lowe: Keep Government Out of 'Almost Everything'

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Monday, 07 Apr 2014 11:51 AM

By Drew MacKenzie

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Hollywood star Rob Lowe, who once called himself a liberal Democrat, sounds more like a Libertarian as he declared in a New York Times interview that government should stay out of "almost everything."

While promoting his second autobiography "Love Life," the 50-year-old actor compared loyalty to a political party to recreational drug use.

"I find them both highly overrated," he said. "Each day another state makes it OK for my 18-year-old, any 18-year-old, to go and buy pot like he's buying a Pepsi-Cola.

"And so let's face it, in the United States, recreational drug use is sort of acceptable. Belonging to one party is acceptable. But my days of just ticking the party box are long over. I judge the candidates for who they are.

"My thing is personal freedoms, freedoms for the individual to love whom they want, do with what they want. In fact, I want the government out of almost everything."

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Lowe knows a little about politics — he played a Democratic speechwriter on "The West Wing," a Republican senator on "Brothers and Sisters," a city manager on "Parks and Recreation," and President John F. Kennedy in "Killing Kennedy."

In 2009, the Daily Caller quoted Lowe as saying that he was once "a really, really liberal Democrat." But since getting married and having children, he'd changed into "an independent moderate."

In 1988, while attending the Democratic convention in Atlanta, Lowe was involved in a sex tape scandal involving two women, one of them underage. His upcoming film, "Sex Tape," centers on an unmarried couple who make an intimate video that mysteriously goes missing.

"Considering I pioneered the field, it's high time I actually made some money in it," he added.

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