Mr. Sheen was offered an opportunity to see how his character's appeal would play in a real-life campaign. Not long ago, he said, he was approached by Democratic Party representatives from his native state, Ohio, to see if he would be interested in running for the United States Senate after he left the show. Though he would have had little trouble drafting a campaign platform — he is a fierce opponent of nuclear power and the war in Iraq, and a champion of human rights — he turned them down.
"I'm just not qualified," he said. "You're mistaking celebrity for credibility."
Martin Sheen does seem like a good person, although I find many of political stances loathsome. He's strongly pro-life, having once dropped out of an appearance at a pro-abortion rally he had been led to believe was for another issue.