Kevin Costner
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Political Affiliation

Supports Biden

27 Oct 2020

I think we really have to have a president for both sides. And for the people who don’t vote for Biden, if Biden wins it’s necessary that he address what they’re concerned about. I think he has that level of bandwidth to understand that the group that doesn’t vote for him needs attention. They have their own concerns and we have to think about that.

Kevin Costner said, in an interview with Variety, when talking about his endorsement of Joe Biden

Independent

25 Aug 2020

I really go back and forth on my votes. The Democratic Party doesn’t represent everything that I think, and neither does the Republican Party right now— at all . So, I find it too limiting.

Kevin Costner said, in an interview with The Daily Beast

Criticizes Trump

25 Aug 2020

It’s terrible. It’s terrible . Nothing is surreal—everything is highly real, and it’s dangerous, and it’s shameful.

Kevin Costner said, in an interview with The Daily Beast, when asked about his opinion on Trump’s handling of the Post Office

There are societies that are dictatorial that say, “Everybody do this and everybody bow down,” and thank God we’re not that, but for us to see the handwriting on the wall of what this is and what this continues to be, and the shading of the truth and the distortions of it—the false exaggerations of what we are doing—are so transparent that we need to take stock of ourselves. There are individuals that are placing their careers above the national good. And we need to remember if they’re right, and they haven’t been right about anything when it comes to [coronavirus]. [...] I’m not just talking about [Trump]. I’m talking about anybody in politics. You can look at him, and you can look at all the senators and congressmen. Public service isn’t about your second term—it’s about the moment, and you’re supposed to let history judge it. When you go into public service, you should work so hard on behalf of the public that you don’t wanna serve a second fuckin’ term! You should be like, “I hate this! I hate having to go out there and do this.” And if you’re really good, the people won’t let you go. They’ll say, “You’re really good at this. You should stay.” Public service should be an everyday thing when that’s what you choose to make your life. It cannot be about your second term. [...] There’s no point in naming names because they’ve been outright about it but: history will judge you. When you look back at [Joseph] McCarthy, when you look back at black-and-white footage and see people who were beating on those who were marching for freedom, you don’t want to be that person. And there’s a lot of people where, when you look back 10 years, they’re going to see themselves. And it’s patently obvious where we should be, and it’s patently obvious where we are.

Kevin Costner said, in an interview with The Daily Beast

Kevin Costner
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Elections

Well, this is what you do: you wear your mask, and you go vote. You find that polling place, and you go vote. I saw a really interesting poster, the way that only advertisers can do it in such few words—that’s the reason why my movies are three hours long, it’s an art form. It was in New York, and it probably had to be 15 years ago, and it said, “93 million people made a difference this year—they didn’t vote.” So, it rests with us. Just like COVID and just like everything, we’ve lost a sense of ourselves, but we can try to gather it back by just simply voting. If you like the direction of the country then that’s what you vote for, and if you don’t, you vote for something new.

Kevin Costner said, in an interview with The Daily Beast

Summary

Kevin Costner was raised Baptist, but now questions his faith.

He used to be Republican, but now he's a Democrat.

Editorial

Kevin Costner was born in Lynwood, California and grew up in several communities around central and southern California.

He grew up in a family who were devoted Baptists, and like many other performers, he sang in his church choir.[1] When speaking at Whitney Houston's funeral, he said that his earliest memories were from church, and that between him and his Bodyguard co-star, church "was our private bond."[2]

As an adult, he still seems to be a Christian, but with some serious agnostic leanings. He says that he wants to believe in a higher power and an afterlife, but he just can't be sure.

I have a faith in God, and it's always tested. And I'm weak, you know. I wish I knew, and I wanna know. . . . I feel like I'm always on the wrong side of hope. But the intellectual goes, "Man, are you nuts? There's nothin' after this." . . . I don't wanna go through life like that.[3]

Mostly a Democrat

Costner's campaign contribution report tells us that he has supported Republicans, all before 1995, but mostly Democrats.[4] When asked if he is a Republican, he said he was raised in a Republican household, but that as he got older his opinions shifted. And now?

I don't prefer to be known as a conservative. I'm not a Republican.[5]

Fair enough. He didn't exactly call himself a Democrat, but he acts like one. He stumped for Obama in Colorado during the 2008 election, but then seemed a little miffed in 2012 that he hadn't heard from him again.[6] He reportedly supported Bill Clinton as well,[7] although I couldn't find direct confirmation of that.

He is deeply committed to environmental causes which makes him sound even more liberal. After the Exxon Valdez oil spill in 1989, Costner acquired a company that manufactured a machine which is designed to help clean up oil spills. It finally came in handy for the Gulf oil disaster in 2010, but he felt BP's delayed use of the machines didn't allow them to be used to their full potential.[8] He said his purchase of the company was fueled by his desire to do something good with his wealth.[9]

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