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Aerosmith's Joe Perry: 'I'm a Definite Old-School Republican'

'You can be anything you want to be if you work hard enough at it,' says guitarist

September 19, 2012 2:30 PM ET
Joe Perry of Aerosmith
Joe Perry of Aerosmith
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Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry recently told Noisecreep.com that he's a "definite old-school Republican." As he explained, "I was taught that you get what you put into it. You can be anything you want to be if you work hard enough at it, and you can earn your place."

Perry cited John F. Kennedy and Dwight Eisenhower as his favorite presidents, and he believes that America hasn't had a president of their quality since Ronald Reagan. "I didn't believe in everything Kennedy said or did, but you believed in your heart that he was really there and he was going to stand up for what he believed in. That's what is most important," he said. "We all came up in that era when you were taught that you can do anything you set your minds to and by God, we walked on the moon, just like JFK said we would."

However, politics still aggravate Perry. "So much of this stuff is politicizing. What the media does is so much about selling a product. It makes me kind of nuts," he said. He added of the political parties, "Now it's all meshed together and you can barely figure out one side from the other."

Aerosmith's next record, Music From Another Dimension!, will be released on November 6th.

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