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September 19th, 2012
02:38 PM ET

Clips From Last Night: Wyclef Jean on his passion for politics and the rumor that he was to perform at the RNC

On Tuesday, Piers Morgan welcomed musician and politician Wyclef Jean to the program. The once presidential candidate for Haiti and author of the new book, "Purpose, An Immigrant's Story," shared with Morgan the source of inspiration for his love of politics:

"Politics really came from my uncle, Ray Joseph, who was the Haiti ambassador to America," said Jean. "So politics has always been an undertone in the household."

Jean, a staunch Democrat and Obama supporter also clarified the rumor that he was slated to perform at the Republican National Convention this past August. "I did not agree to perform at the RNC," said a definitive Jean.

"What came across the e-mail of my management, was something that said a performance for veterans and disabled," Jean explained. "Once the e-mail went down, and it was like, RNC, I was like, you all know I can't do that."

Watch the clip, and listen to the interview, as Jean shares why he has always been a Democrat.
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  1. matt20hew

    Reblogged this on Today's News.

    September 19, 2012 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. rose macaskie

    Nice interveiw. Jean Wyclef says that we need a person with a clear head when it comes to foriegn afaires but for me Obama has been a person who is creative and bold in foriegn affairs and has freed countries without spilling american blood, almost, which also means the occupants of these freed countries are reponsable for their own revolution, owners of it so he saved American soldiers and the people who suffered from tyrany. For me he is more like a genius in foriegn affairs than merely a cool head, he is also very tough on many points. Question is do we need him for the follow up to his own foriegn affairs? Probably.
    In money matters he is good at them because he follows modern economic theory instead of doing what seems to be what republicans want to do, go back to the theory glorified for so many mileniums that worked so badly for such large parts of countries populations, the sort of natural way, which is to let the strongest get the lions share and hope the money of the rich will trickle down but as money is complicated that is a stupid idea because there are so many ways of making sure that the money trickles back into the hands of the strongest person around or at least financially strong.
    I have heard various times of one of the ways that exist for money of the poor to take the fastest possible route back into the hands of the rich which is that of the business who employs workers owning the loal shop and so paying workers and getting the money it pays them back off them when they buy food and even off paying them very little so they owe the shop money and darent give up their low payed jobs because they own money to the business they work for. I bet that is not the only way to make sure wealth always trickles back into the heands of the wealthiest and hardly circulates among the poor long enough for them to eat badly off their share. Economy is as complicated as a complicated gambling game, everything is rigged so that the bank always ends up winning and people who think of money in a more simplistic way and imagine that if you back up the people who are most productive and that must be good for the country because it will increase the countries production and so wealth, you will help all members of the country, is not equiped to look after all the members of the country and rulers are rulers of the people of that country, all of them, not of the area or its government. The right seems to think that what the government is running is the countries economic success and so anyone who gets in the way of this is a drag on the country but kings and such rule the people of their countries not the countries economic place in the world. The people who are ruling for the rich, the rich also being very powerful being able to buy the government and so in a way being that government are the ones who really believe in government to the exclusion of all else, it is not the left, who try harder to get things right for evereyone, who believe first and foremost in the government but the right, so for them to talk of less government is a bit misleading. rose macaskie.

    September 19, 2012 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse | Reply

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