— At this year's Democratic convention in Los Angeles, the famous are rubbing shoulders with the powerful. Film stars like William Baldwin, Warren Beatty and Tommy Lee Jones (Al Gore's college roommate at Harvard) have come out to lend their support.
Musicians like the Goo Goo Dolls and David Crosby have turned up at the convention hall. Even wrestling stars The Rock and Chyna are making their presence known.
Christie Brinkley, supermodel and mother of three, is no exception: she participates this week as a superdelegate from New York. ABCNEWS.com readers talked to her about her convention experience in a live chat from the Democratic National Convention. Look below for a transcript of the chat.
Welcome, model delegate Christie Brinkley!
Hi, thank you. I'm thrilled to be here.
What has been your impression of the convention in Los Angeles?
It's been really exciting, and I've really enjoyed being a delegate and meeting other delegates. I've come to the conclusion that delegates are solution people. They have identified problems in their community and are trying to find a solution for those problems. It's an honor to be able to share the floor with them.
Why do you support Al Gore for president?
First of all, I believe that Al Gore is the leader with the experience. He has dedicated a lifetime of service to our nation — the Senate, vice president. That's a lot of experience to bring to the position of President. Also, the Vice President cares about the same things I care about: the environment, gun control, education, a woman's right to choose.
A woman's right to choose will be the first right we will lose if George W. Bush becomes president. Next, we'll start seeing a proliferation of guns, and if we think we have a problem with guns in our schools now, I hate to think of what will happen if we have two men who have voted for cop-killer bullets and concealed weapons. It's frightening.
Patsy says: How did you become a delegate? What do you hope to get out of this experience? Does it give you a sense of "AH" that your voice/vote does make a difference?
I became a delegate because I have been active in my community on environmental issues. Mainly, I've been trying to shut several nuclear power plants that have been polluting our environment, our air, our water. My efforts were recognized by Gore2000, and I was asked to run as a delegate. I was so honored to be asked, and I jumped at the chance, knowing how important this campaign is. Being a mother of three, I was willing to help do that.
Rachel says: Some people feel that it is unfair for celebrities to lend their support to any one party, for fear that it will sway votes simply because a celebrity is voting for this candidate or that candidate. Have any such feelings been expressed to you by the public because of your support for the Democratic Party?
It's absolutely been a big debate here, whether celebrities help or hurt a candidate. I can only say for myself that I am here as a mother, a concerned mother, and a citizen. I never signed a paper that said when I became a celebrity that I gave up my voice as a concerned citizen.