homer simpson for president

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    Woohoo! Homer Simpson wins presidential race:

    Doughnut-munching, beer-guzzling Homer Simpson may not be the model father but he has won the hearts of British TV fans who want the nuclear power plant worker to be the next US president.

    Former president George Bush notoriously said American families should be "closer to the Waltons than the Simpsons" but Homer was the overwhelming favourite in a Radio Times magazine poll on which US TV character should take over at the White House.

    As Americans ponder tax and security pledges from President George W Bush and Democratic rival John Kerry ahead of the November 2 poll, television fans have been considering Homer slogans such as "No big government, just big waist sizes".

    In a manifesto compiled for the magazine by The Simpsons' writing staff, the bumbling animated TV hero also pledges: "I promise there will be fewer nuclear disasters with me as your mayor than with me as your nuclear safety inspector."

    Homer got 24 per cent of the vote in the poll of more than 2,000 readers.

    Second place went to the more obvious choice of Josiah Bartlet, the president played by Martin Sheen in The West Wing.

    Pompous but eloquent radio psychiatrist Dr Frasier Crane was third followed by Sergeant Bilko from The Phil Silvers Show.

    Gil Grissom from CSI: Crime Scene Investigation was fifth with 10 per cent of the vote.

    Other favourites were Jack Bauer from 24, The Cosby Show's Dr Cliff Huxtable, Phoebe Buffay from Friends and The Sporanos' Tony Soprano.

    -- Reuters

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