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July 3rd, 2012
09:03 PM ET

Billy Baldwin on Alec's political aspirations: "I'm not quite sure if he's cut from the proper cloth, because it requires a lot of tolerance..."

Coming up this evening at 9 p.m., "Piers Morgan Tonight" welcomes a charter member of the famed Baldwin clan, 49-year-old William.

The second-youngest of the four brothers, "Billy" Baldwin offers his perspective on older brother Alec's potential political future:

"On one level, I think it's very real. He's very committed, he's very bright, and knowledgeable, and I think he could do it, and he could run," says the star of such films as "Flatliners" and "Backdraft." "On the other hand, I'm not quite sure if he's cut from the proper cloth, because it requires a lot of tolerance, and a lot of patience."

A former congressional aide on Capitol Hill, tonight's guest was a political science major at Binghamton University, with strong views on the current state of the nation. Though he classifies himself as a Barack Obama supporter, and would "definitely" like to see the incumbent reelected, he says he's been disappointed "on a number of levels" with the performance of the president:

"You look at what's going on on Wall Street right now, you thought Madoff was the end of it, you thought the meltdown was the end of it, and all of a sudden we're nine billion in the hole, at J.P. Morgan alone, and credit default swaps and derivatives, and they're back at it again," he tells Piers Morgan. "If we go through this again...we're going to have people taking to the streets, the way they did after the Rodney King conviction."

Watch the clip, listen to the interview, then tune in this evening at 9 p.m., as Baldwin opens up about his new project, and shares exclusive details from inside the recent wedding of his brother Alec and Hilaria Thomas.
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  1. Joann Campbell

    @ billy Baldwin.. you comment about the mandatory health insurance for everyone. we are already paying for people that smoke, . the people that live on welfare . are they going to be required to get a job and insurance?
    The health care insurance plan is crazy... some people only make minim wage or a very low income.why should we be required to buy insurance and the other ones on welfare just get health care free?
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    July 3, 2012 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Vazil

      The health care mandate makes it everyone have to pay. Currently, the goverment ALREADY pays for the uninsured since there is a law that prohibits hospitals from denying emergency treatment (Regan). This also raises our premiums.

      Now the solution to: I already have to pay for those who refuse to buy insurance, I will now make those who havent paid, pay in.

      As for low income/poor, it will keep those people alive so they can go work. Lets be honest, no one choses to be poor and on welfare.

      July 7, 2012 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Anne Boyle

      The Health Care plan is major legislation to help solve our problems of ever increasing insurance costs, include the bureacracy of insurance and pharmaceutical companies that appear to be in collusion with one another. A fine,not a tax... as the Republicans prefer to call it, will only be imposed on those who don't get insurance not every citizen. There are a variety of programs to make sure that everyone can be a part of their health care. As the President and hopefuly a Congress that woris together unveil and fine tune the Bill, this country will most likely rise from having one of the most deplorable health care systems, to one of the best in the world. We are already seeing some of the benefits for those with pre-existing conditions and young people who are attemtping to establish careers. I agree that we already pay for smokers who are obviously increasing their need for healt care and others. IRONICALLY, this country subsizes tobacco!

      July 8, 2012 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Kate

    I wonder why you would waste airtime on an unsuccessful person like Baldwin whose claim to fame is B movies. Hearing his opinions on anything is as relevant as interviewing "the common man" so next time go to the street. He's a "never been".

    July 3, 2012 at 9:28 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • kathy stumpfs

      all the baldwins are talented articulated great people.they have something to say and they able to say it.thank you piers!you and your show is the only reason to watch cnn.

      July 3, 2012 at 10:02 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Jennifer

        Even Stephen Baldwin?! You can't possibly be serious. Even his brothers think he's an embarrassing nut.

        July 3, 2012 at 10:10 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jennifer

    Wow. Tonight on Piers Morgan: Billy Baldwin and... The Weather. Covering the big stories of our time.

    July 3, 2012 at 9:47 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Erika Mouttet

    As regards Madoff,Wall Street, Barclays, etc. think ICEBERG.

    July 3, 2012 at 9:57 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Roxanne Collins

    I didn't think that William Baldwin seemed like a horrible person on TV, in fact, I rather liked him. However, I met his brother, Alec, at a CSN concert at Jones Beach a few years ago and I very respectfully and discreetly asked him for an autograph even though my friend warned me that he was a "hot-head" and I should not do it. I "was" a fan of his acting. His reaction was totally over the top. He became very aggressiveand growled at me and said "We're not doing that here tonight, do you want me to get mobbed." I thought that he was going to hit me. I was frightened by his reaction. My husband also knows the Daily News Photographer that he just assaulted and said that Marcus is a professional photographer and a respectful guy, not a "paparazzi." He would not have approached Alec the way that Alec told the story. Alec needs some serious help and I hope that he treats his new wife better than he treated Kim Basinger and his own daughter or "the little pig" as he likes to refer to her. Alec get some help before you hurt someone, you are a ticking time bomb and someday you will really physically hurt someone and end up in jail.

    July 3, 2012 at 10:25 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Mike

    Focus on the interview, not all the distracting Hollywood crap or the "Baldwin bro" drama. The guy is intelligent and is articulate. He made sense dead on a number of issues and reflected some very positive thoughts. Part of the problem in this country is we spend way too much time knocking someone down without really listening or looking for common ground. The glass is more than half full, folks, if you look closely. Hey, Billy has evolved much and it's impressive. Clearly he has put his time in to become familiar with the facts. Have you? Not asking accusingly, but more so supportively. There are material problems out there to solve; anyone who makes sense should be given due consideration.

    July 4, 2012 at 12:53 am | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Larry Polsky

    Any friend of Obama is a friend of mine........

    July 4, 2012 at 2:53 am | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Thomas

    During the interview Piers brought up Aan example of Car Insurance was brought up stating it was mandatory to buy insurance –trying to convey that government had done this before–unfortunately you are wrong for the following reasons:
    1) Driving is a privilege not A RIGHT–AND IS ONLY GOVERNED BY STATE LAWS
    2) You can put up a bond instead of insurance for $30,000.00 in the state of California–which has more roads and cars than any other state
    3) You only pay a penalty if you do not carry it if you get caught–but everyone who buys insurance has to pay more for those who do not have it! (hidden higher costs in the premium structure)
    4) The IRS does not govern this or police this law the local courts and police do–big difference because of the over-reaching of the IRS without due process
    You may not want to slant your audience into thinking that a law that was sold to the American People without proper knowledge of what was in it is anytime justified.

    July 4, 2012 at 11:27 am | Report abuse | Reply
  9. john

    Congratulations for being the most shallow show on CNN – who cares what actresses/actors have to say about important issues ?? There are so many interesting people in the world and you invite these Hollywood showbiz people who are trying to sound 'deep' boring us with their thick interpretation of the social problems of America – is this 'entertainment tonight'???? Next up Paris Hilton? What don't you ask her to analyze racism and social inequality in modern America or the Arab Spring. Take some examples from serious journalists like BBC's 'Hardtalk' or are your producers making you interview these people to cater to 'dumb America' and we are paying the price for that – what a waste of TV airtime. This is the last time I am watching your program.

    July 6, 2012 at 10:12 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Larry Polsky

      But she is soooo hottttttttttttt

      July 6, 2012 at 11:42 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. George

    Alex Baldwin's new wife is from Majorica ?..very lovely young woman .

    July 8, 2012 at 8:55 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. EZ

    Daddy Baldwin, Please rock my cradle.
    Daddy Baldwin, Please rock my cradle.
    Daddy Baldwin, Please rock my cradle.

    July 9, 2012 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse | Reply

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