Ben Affleck: Life in pictures
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A political bent( Scott McCloskey / AP / October 4, 2012 )
Affleck's rooots in Berkeley, Calif., may have inspired his political prowess.
In 2000, Affleck went on Rosie O'Donnell's show to encourage people to vote. "I am personally gonna vote for Al Gore," he told the audience. Even so, The Smoking Gun reported Affleck didn't vote in that election.
Despite that, Affleck upped his stumping skills by campaigning for John Kerry in 2004 and as a pundit on "Hardball" and "Real Time With Bill Maher."