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Democrats offer star lineup to rival GOP's

Plus One  

LOS ANGELES -- The GOP had Brooks & Dunn, Bo Derek and The Rock at its convention last week.

Big deal, say the Democrats.

Melissa Etheridge, Mary Chapin Carpenter and Jimmy Smits all a scheduled to appear during the Democratic National Convention. Also on the ticket are Boyz II Men and a budding boy band, Plus One -- invited to the festivities by none other than Vice President Al Gore, the assured presidential nominee of this big bash.

The band's reaction? "I think it's a cool opportunity to sing for the vice president and be on TV," Plus One member Gabe Combs told CNN's Showbiz Today.



Democrats check out 'West Wing' digs

LOS ANGELES -- Stage 23 on the Warner Bros. Studio lot looked a little familiar Sunday to some visitors who are in town for the Democratic National Convention.

They were on the set of "The West Wing," the highly praised NBC series about a fictional White House administration.

"Those of us in Washington are really hooked on it," said Donna Shalala, the United States Secretary of Health and Human Services. "It's a kind of high-minded show, because the president deals only with the great issues of our day."

Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont said "The West Wing" is one of his favorites. "I watch the show almost every week," he said.

Martin Sheen, who's up for an Emmy for his portrayal of President Josiah Bartlett, said the politicos were too kind.

"The fact that they would honor us by coming here and say they are interested in what we're doing, they approve of what we're doing, is very gratifying for all of us," he said.



Lieberman takes on Hollywood -- again

LOS ANGELES -- Just because he's headed into enemy territory on the Democratic ticket doesn't mean Sen. Joseph Lieberman is toning down his criticism of Hollywood.

"Look, I love the movies. I love music. But there is still too much violence, too much sex, too much incivility in entertainment, which makes it very difficult for parents, who are working so hard to give their kids values and discipline, to do so," the vice presidential candidate said on ABC's "This Week."

Lieberman, who has been an outspoken critic of the entertainment industry, singled out the Walt Disney Co., which owns ABC.

"Too much of what they do is not good for our children, not good for our culture," he said.



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