R.E.M. singer charmed by Huckabee

Sun Jan 6, 2008 11:51pm EST
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - It's the end of the world as we know it, just like the R.E.M. song goes. The band's singer, Michael Stipe, says he finds philosophical foe Mike Huckabee "charming" and "funny."

Apart from their southern roots and musical acumen, the liberal rock star has nothing in common with the conservative would-be world leader. But Stipe recently called the Sirius Satellite Radio show Jane Radio to admit that he may be losing his religion.

"I can't think of probably a single issue in which I am even remotely in the same universe as that guy ... and yet, he was kind of charming and ... self-deprecating," Stipe told Jane Radio host Jane Pratt, a day after watching Huckabee's Thursday appearance on CBS' "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson."

"He was actually kind of a good sport, and funny, and I don't know what that means. Maybe it's a good thing that's he's being lauded right now by the right. He's an evangelical. May God bless all living creatures but my god ... how weird."

(Reporting by Dean Goodman)

<p>Republican presidential candidate former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee speaks during a Chowderfest Meet &amp; Greet at Windham Center School in Windham, New Hampshire, January 6, 2008. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton</p>