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Brucie hails US election campaign

Bruce Forsyth
Mr Forsyth said he had been impressed by the US system

TV entertainer Bruce Forsyth has said the UK could learn from the US system of choosing their president.

He tells BBC One's This Week he had been watching the contest between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, and found their debates "very interesting".

"I think we could learn a lot... it would be good if our leaders went out more on the road to really face the people," Mr Forsyth said.

The Strictly Come Dancing host was a guest on BBC One's This Week.

He told the programme he thought politicians had a "very hard job" and were similar to actors in facing "trial by television".

'Not politically minded'

Mr Forsyth, who turned 80 earlier this year, has presented shows including Play Your Cards Right, You Bet and the Generation Game.

He revealed his love of politics earlier this year in an interview with the Radio Times, saying that he always tried to watch prime minister's questions being broadcast.

It's a wonderful system and in some ways I think it would make our politics even more exciting
Bruce Forsyth
On US primaries

And on Wednesday Mr Forsyth attended prime minister's questions in person for the first time

"The atmosphere is absolutely marvellous - it's a bit like old-time music hall where they all start barracking. I enjoyed myself immensely," he said.

He said he had watched the US primaries while in Puerto Rico and had been "most impressed that a leader there really has to go out and meet the people in every state".

He added: "I think it's a wonderful system and in some ways I think it would make our politics even more exciting when they have to face one another across a table or when they're trying to get the nomination to be the leader, either Democrat or Republican."

The US primaries are used to pick the two main parties' presidential candidates - with television debates and public rallies ahead of votes by party supporters in states across America.

The Republican Party has already selected John McCain as its candidate, with the Democratic Party still undecided over the choice between Mr Obama and Mrs Clinton.


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