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Monday, August 15, 2011

Really, Matt Damon for president?

An Ireland-based oddsmaker has laid out what it believes are the chances of some notable politicians, and even some celebrities, to become U.S. President next year.

President Barack Obama was listed at 4/6 odds to keep his seat in the White House, followed by Texas Gov. Rick Perry at 7/2, former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney at 5/1, followed by U.S. Rep. Michele Bachman at 16/1.

But the odds released today by Ireland’s largest bookmaker Paddy Power inserted actor Matt Damon into the mix, listing him at 100/1 to become president and 66/1 to receive the Democratic Party nomination.

The oddsmaker said in a news release that it brought Damon into the mix after the actor, who is outspoken on some political subjects, received “a glittering endorsement for the role from fellow Hollywood star Michael Moore! Damon has proven far more articulate on Liberal issues than his Team America puppet would suggest.”

Other notable figures listed by Paddy Power to become president are 25/1 Hilary Clinton, 40/1 John Boehner, 40/1 Paul Ryan, 50/1 Ron Paul, 66/1 Rudolph Giuliani, 500/1 Laura Bush, 500/1 Paris Hilton, 500/1 Jimmy McMilan, and 500/1 Will Smith.

So will Damon become president? I'm not betting on it.
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