By Kyle Hopkins in Anchorage --
Jon Voight would vote Sarah Palin for president and says she "saved Alaska" by quitting her post as governor, the Oscar-winner said Friday in Anchorage.
When Palin stepped down she was besieged by "nonsense lawsuits" that prevented her from governing, Voight said in an interview with the Daily News. He's in town to shoot a small-budget thriller.
"What she did was she took the target and moved it," said Voight, 71. "She took it away from Alaska. Great. She did a great service there. And smart as hell."
A self-described "Constitutional conservative" and an outspoken critic of President Obama, Voight said he followed the Alaska U.S. Senate race and related to tea party candidate Joe Miller.
"I understood his point of view and I probably agreed with it," Voight said. "It was an interesting drama."
He talked at length on Palin. Here are a few excerpts:
(Please forgive the lousy lighting and composition -- I sometimes bring a camera and record video while jotting notes for a print story, just in case there's a clip or two I can quickly edit and share on one of our blogs.)
Read more of the Voight interview -- including whether his political views have been bad for business in Hollywood -- in this Q&A.
Finally, here's Voight describing the flick he's making in Anchorage. It's unclear if the movie will appear in U.S. theaters or head straight to DVD: