Thursday, October 28, 2004
INDIANOLA, Iowa - They say John Edwards looks like a movie star, but Kerry-Edwards supporters at Simpson College got the real thing Thursday when Leonardo DiCaprio - or "Leo!" as some female students refer to him - showed up in the school gym to stump for the Democratic ticket.
The star of "Titanic" and "Gangs of New York" and the upcoming "Aviator" - in which he plays Howard Hughes - joined Edwards and singer Jon Bon Jovi at the rally. DiCaprio told the students that this year's election was the most important in their young lives and urged them to get out and vote.
Leo fans Kasie Erb, 18, and Krista Guillaume, 19, already have cast their ballots. For Kerry-Edwards. But the two Simpson students sounded more effusive about the non-politicians who spoke - and sang - before Edwards took the stage.
"I was really excited," said Erb, who shook Leo's hand and got him to autograph her T-shirt.
For Guillaume, the highlight was '80s rocker Bon Jovi, who played acoustic versions of "Livin' on a Prayer" and "Wanted: Dead or Alive." He also told the students that President Bush's "arrogant, unilateral" foreign policy had put America on the defensive around the world.
Guillaume reacted more to the sight and sound of the handsome singer. "His music ... And he's so beautiful!"
- Tim Funk, Charlotte (N.C.) Observer
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