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Cher: 'I don't know why anyone would want to be a Republican'

February 6, 2009 |  1:15 pm

Cher shows her famed obviously Democratic umbilicus to newsmen at a press conference with Sonny Bono

While on the red carpet at the Declare Yourself inaugural ball last month, Cher, who was once married to Sonny Bono (who later became a Republican Congressman), said that she didn't understand why anyone would be a Republican because eight years under Bush "almost killed me".

“I try to be charitable and there are some really good Republicans, but I just don’t understand how anyone would want to be a Republican. I just can’t figure it. I don’t understand,” the Oscar-, Grammy- and Emmy-award winning entertainer told a reporter. “If you’re poor, if you’re any kind of minority –- gay, black, Latino, anything. If you’re not a rich –- I don’t know. If you’re not a rich, born-again Christian, I don’t get it.”

This is not the first time that  the 61-year-old Cher has been in the news recently. Last week she and other celebrities went to City Hall to protest the proposed new elephant exhibit at the Los Angeles Zoo.  And Thursday she announced that she was coming out of retirement to take over for Celine Dion at the Colosseum at Las Vegas’ Caesars Palace staring May 6.

Update: Video of Cher taking on the GOP after the jump

-- Tony Pierce

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Photo: Cher shows her famed umbilicus to reporters at a press conference with Sonny Bono in 1975. Credit: Marianna Diamos / Los Angeles Times