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The late Lauren Bacall, to Larry King: “Being a liberal is the best thing on earth you can be”

LARRY KING: Are you big a “D” Democrat? Do you…

LAUREN BACALL: I’m a total Democrat. I’m anti-Republican. And it’s only fair that you know it. Even though…

LARRY KING: Wait a minute. Are you a liberal?

LAUREN BACALL: I’m a liberal. The L word!

LARRY KING: Egads!

LAUREN BACALL: I love it. Being a liberal is the best thing on earth you can be. You are welcoming to everyone when you’re a liberal. You do not have a small mind. Little picayune things. You want to welcome everyone. Liberal, little picayune thing.

LARRY KING: You’re open to…

LAUREN BACALL: You want to welcome everyone. Liberal, I’m a Roosevelt. I’m a — and I hear anyone say anything about FDR…

LARRY KING: You’re a new dealer, fair dealer.

LAUREN BACALL: I’m a total — and I was a kid and I’m total, total, total liberal and proud of it. And I think it’s outrageous to say the l word. I mean, excuse me. They should be damn lucky that they were liberals here. Liberals gave more to the population of the United States than any other group.

LARRY KING: Well, Social Security.

LAUREN BACALL: Everything.

(Transcript courtesy of CNN)