Cher: Republican Rule Almost ‘Killed Me’

By Nicholas Ballasy | February 6, 2009 | 12:52pm EST
( - Grammy award-winning singer and Academy award-winning actress Cher told that living under Republican rule almost “killed" her, and she does not understand why anyone would want to be a Republican.

She also said that President Barack Obama’s “intelligence” and “spirit” are “so great” he will be able to do “more than anyone could possibly do.”

“His intelligence is so great and his spirit is so great, I believe he will be able to do as much if not more than anyone could possibly do,” Cher told at the RIAA/Feeding America inaugural ball.  

“I just think he’s totally the right person at this time in our history," she said. "He brings something more in his spirit than maybe another president could be even with the same intelligence. There’s something about him that brings more with his spirit, and that’s what Americans need right now. Republicans almost killed me.”

When asked to explain how Republicans somehow “killed” her, Cher was not specific.

“You know what? I have so – I try to be charitable and there are some really good Republicans, but I just don’t understand how anyone would want to be a Republican. I just can’t figure it. I don’t understand,” she said. “If you’re poor, if you’re any kind of minority – gay, black, Latino, anything. If you’re not a rich – I don’t know. If you’re not a rich born-again-Christian, I don’t get it.”

Cher also said President Obama will not end the war in Iraq right away.

“I think as soon as he can. I don’t think it will be easy. It would be kind of simplistic to think that’s going to happen right away,” she said.

Cher rose to fame in 1965 as a member of the pop/rock duo "Sonny & Cher" with her future husband Sonny Bono. Among their hits songs were "I Got You Babe" and "The Beat Goes On." Cher won an Academy Award for her performance in the 1987 film "Moonstruck." She also won a Grammy award for her 1998 solo album, "Believe."
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