January 7, 2008 / 4:53 AM / in 10 years

R.E.M. singer charmed by Huckabee

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.”

<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>

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

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