A version of this interview appears in print on September 28, 2014, on page MM12 of the Sunday Magazine with the headline: ‘Every Once in a While, You Have to Sing a Duet’.
The following is a few moment from the interview.
Times – Clay Aiken Takes Lessons From ‘American Idol’ to the Campaign Trail
…If you look at Washington and all of its problems, what could it learn from a show like “American Idol”? I think it would be a much better place as a country if both parties said: “Here are our ideas. Which ones do you like? And then once you’ve chosen, let’s come together and figure out how to make it work.” Every once in a while, you have to sing a duet — that’s the first time I’ve ever said that, and I’ll probably never say it again.
You won’t sing on the campaign trail. Are you worried that people will think you’re a lightweight? I do recognize that there is a challenge in getting people to see me as a candidate, as a public servant, as a leader. To a lot of people, I’m still that 24-year-old from “Idol.” So many folks tell me, “Oh, wow, you’re a lot older than I thought you were.”…
You can read the entire article at NEWYORKTIMES I also love the new picture from the article. I wonder if there will be more pictures in the Magazine on Sunday.
Clay sent out a wonderful video message. I hope you will watch it and respond!!
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