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TORONTO — He rescued Lois Lane on TV two decades ago and now Dean Cain wants to come to the aid of America.
The 47-year-old actor and single father of a 14-year-old boy said Friday he is considering a run for office.
“The only reason I would get involved is because I care about my country and I care about the future for my son. I don’t want to better myself. I want to be a short-term politician. No career politicians. I’m not a fan of that. It shouldn’t be what you do for your living.”
Cain — who starred in Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman in the mid-90s — described himself as “very conservative” on economic and foreign policy issues and “extremely liberal” on social issues.
“The two can and should co-exist. You get extremes at both ends and they fire guns at each other, in a sense, and it’s not right and I disagree with it and it’s the reason I would get involved,” said Cain. “The attacks don’t make sense to me. Let’s all try to work together to better the situation for everybody.”
Cain supported Republican candidate Rick Perry in the 2012 election and said Friday he was a fan of presidential hopeful Mitt Romney (“I thought he was great”) — and although he backed Bill Clinton he won’t do the same for Hillary Clinton (“I was done with Hillary when the Benghazi scandal came out”).
Cain has been outspoken on social media about Americans’ right to bear arms. He owns a number of guns and shoots down statistics about the rate of gun violence in the U.S. compared to other developed countries.
“Do I think gun violence is a problem? Absolutely. Do I think more gun control is an issue? No,” he explained. “I worry about my son when he goes to school because I know it’s a gun-free zone and I know that if someone came in with a firearm there’s nobody there to stop him.
“I would love to have a conceal-carry permit because I’d like to be the person who would stop somebody in that situation.”
Only hours after the arrest of a suspect in the fatal shooting of three police officers in New Brunswick, Cain took aim at the person holding the gun.
“It comes down to this: crazy is crazy. If you are mentally ill, you will find a way. The problem is mental illness,” he said, adding those close to the suspect should have seen it coming.
“It’s hard to monitor that but there are signs left, right and centre. As a father, if my son was having some issues like that, I would be aware. If there were friends of mine who were doing that on Facebook or other places, I would be aware of it.”
Cain is in Canada to appear at the Niagara Falls Comic Con, where he will meet fans who know him for playing Superman.
“It started my career,” he said of the role. “I’ll forever be associated with it. I love it, I’ll embrace it forever. I have no problems with it whatsoever.”