'Scrubs' stars hit Las Vegas to register voters

Donald Faison and Zach Braff, the former co-stars of the sitcom "Scrubs," were excited.

"We got one voter registered," Faison said Saturday after the two men went door-to-door in the 100-plus-degree Las Vegas heat to help President Barack Obama's re-election campaign. They hit five houses.

More than that, the two brought a little Hollywood excitement to the campaign, visiting two Obama offices to pump up volunteers who spent the day registering new voters, phoning people at home and organizing.

"This is one of the few states where the election will be decided," Braff told about 50 volunteers at an office on West Cheyenne Avenue. "We live in a blue state. Not much is going down there."

California is considered a safe bet for Obama to win. In Nevada, the race is close and GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney has targeted the Silver State as part of his strategy to win the White House.

The two Hollywood stars were among about 250 Californians who trekked to the Las Vegas Valley this weekend to join the Obama campaign effort in the battleground state, one of a dozen that will decide the 2012 race.

California Assemblyman Isadore Hall III, of Compton, said he was among two dozen people who carpooled to Las Vegas, making the five-hour drive Friday night. Hall said the California contingent plans to come to Nevada to campaign every weekend until the Nov. 6 election, which is 100 days from today.

"If it took a day to get here, we'd do that, too. It's that important," Hall said. "We're at a crossroads in this country. If Mitt Romney is elected, it will set the country eight years back."

Braff and Faison, buddies on "Scrubs" and in real life, played a little blackjack before hitting the campaign trail, they said. Faison won and Braff lost. They said they like to come to Vegas "for festivities" from time to time.

On Saturday, it was all work, and Braff looked a little red from the sun.

"It was so hot, people had rocks instead of lawns," Braff said.

Braff said he helped Obama's first campaign in 2008, focusing on Colorado.

"Even if I wasn't an actor, I think I would be politically involved," said Braff, who at age 37 said he wonders why he waited so long. "I wish I'd been more active when I was younger."

Asked if he's been disappointed that Obama didn't get more done in his first term, Braff said "it's pretty much a miracle" the president was able to accomplish what he did with Republicans in Congress opposing him. He cited health care reform and promoting equal rights for gays in the military and in marriage.

"We think he's got a lot more to do," Braff said. "I just worry that people will sit back and be apathetic."

Faison, 38, said this was not the time to stay home. He said he's helping Obama's campaign for the first time. His example, he said, is his parents who were involved in political happenings in New York, where he grew up.

"My parents would be so proud of me right now," Faison said. "I remember being at things like this in Harlem."

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