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Actor Has a Surprising Take on Gov't: It Should Get 'Out of Almost Everything


" days of just ticking the party box are long over."

Actor Rob Lowe again stepped away from the typical Hollywood line, saying he wants the government "out of almost everything" and that party labels don't matter to him.

Rob Lowe arrives at the 71st annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP)

Lowe said political candidates need to stand for freedom and individual liberty; it doesn't matter if they're a Republican, a Democrat or an independent — what matters is that they don't interfere in voters' lives.

“My thing is personal freedoms, freedoms for the individual to love whom they want, do with what they want. In fact, I want the government out of almost everything,” Lowe told the New York Times.

Lowe compared remaining loyal to a single political party to drug use, calling both "highly overrated."

“I find them both highly overrated. Each day another state makes it OK for my 18-year-old — any 18-year-old — to go and buy pot like he’s buying a Pepsi-Cola, and so let’s face it: In the United States, recreational drug use is sort of acceptable,” the "Parks and Recreation" and "The West Wing" actor told Times.

“Belonging to one party is acceptable. But my days of just ticking the party box are long over. I judge the candidates for who they are,” he said.

Lowe, who starred as JFK in the 2013 TV film based on Fox News host Bill O'Reilly's book "Killing Kennedy," has expressed admiration for conservative politics in the past — describing it as being based on “logic” — though describes himself as an independent.

Click here to read the full New York Times interview.

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