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Fictional President of 'West Wing' Has Real Appeal

Aired August 18, 2000 - 8:53 p.m. ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

JIM MORET, CNN ANCHOR: Returning to the presidential race now with a look at a fictional president. Josiah Bartlet is just a character in the NBC series "The West Wing," but a recent "New York Times" poll reportedly shows he would win 75 percent of the vote if he were a real candidate in this election. Maybe it's his resume. The real Josiah Bartlet was governor of New Hampshire and signed the Declaration of Independence.

CNN's Beth Nissen looks at some other reasons for Bartlet's appeal.

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP, "THE WEST WING")

ALLISON JANNEY, ACTRESS: Mr. President...

MARTIN SHEEN, ACTOR: C.J....

JANNEY: Sir.

SHEEN: Put the press in the briefing room and tell them I'm coming right over.

JANNEY: No.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

BETH NISSEN, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): His name is Josiah Bartlet and he is the president of the United States on the NBC series "The West Wing." As played by actor Martin Sheen, President Bartlet is savvy and stubborn, decisive, quick-witted, empathetic and idealistic: the qualities many real-life voters say they like and admire.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I wish that presidents were more like him.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Human, authoritative, knowing what he wants and how to go about getting it.

NISSEN: The high approval rating for president Bartlet is no surprise to the man who plays him.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP, "THE WEST WING") SHEEN: So I just sit in my office and fume.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

SHEEN: I think that basically we're putting a heart and we're putting a humanity on hard-core politics. You know, we're saying that you can be a human being and be a public servant, and you can be honest and you can be forthright and you can be heartfelt.

NISSEN: And ethical and moral.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP, "THE WEST WING")

SHEEN: Why did she lie?

JANNEY: She didn't have to. .

SHEEN: Then why did she?

(END VIDEO CLIP)

NISSEN: Many viewers of the show say they wish Josiah Bartlet was a real person, was really in the White House or running for president.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: If it was a choice between Gore or George W. Bush or himself, I'd vote for him.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Where I'm from in South Carolina I have a couple of friends that we said we wish we could start a petition right now -- you know, when go in to vote, can we just right in Josiah Bartlet for president?

MIKE MCCURRY, FORMER WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY: President Bartlet is, I think, every American's idea of what they think a president should be.

NISSEN: President Bartlet rings true to many Washington insiders.

MCCURRY: He has sort of the compassionate integrity of Jimmy Carter. He's got some of that shrewd decision-making and hard-nosed realism of a Richard Nixon. He's got the warmth and amiability and the throw-the-arm-around-your-shoulder of a Bill Clinton. He's got kind of the liberal passion of like a Teddy Kennedy character.

NISSEN: Donna Shalala, secretary of Health and Human Services, says she would gladly serve in a Bartlet administration.

DONNA SHALALA, SECRETARY OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES: Americans want politicians that are optimistic, that are straightforward, that give them the straight dope, that aren't wishy-washy. In fact, they respect people that take strong stands even if they disagree with those stands.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP, "THE WEST WING") SHEEN: I don't give a damn if it was the Gorgon (ph) County Shoppers Guide. I'm going to talk to the press.

JANNEY: You can't talk to the press.

SHEEN: Watch me.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

SHEEN: Well, there is no Josiah Bartlet. He's a -- he's a makeup president in a makeup White House in a makeup administration.

NISSEN: Still it's part of the American dream to be able to dream.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP, "THE WEST WING")

SHEEN: Thank you, C.J.

JANNEY: Thank you, Mr. President.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

NISSEN: Beth Nissen, CNN, Los Angeles.

(END VIDEOTAPE)

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