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Aaron Sorkin Gets Political At ‘The West Wing’ 20th Anniversary Panel: ‘Better Voters Get Us Better Candidates’

Aaron Sorkin Gets Political At ‘The West Wing’ 20th Anniversary Panel: ‘Better Voters Get Us Better Candidates’

The West Wing” debuted 20 years ago in the fall of 1999 when Bill Clinton was in office, and the Aaron Sorkin-created political drama ran for seven seasons, through the Bush administration. Looking back now, Sorkin says the storylines that seemed like a big deal at the time seem “so quaint” in 2019.

“We know we’re living in unnerving times — especially this past week has been really incredible,” Sorkin said Friday at opening night of New York PaleyFest, regarding recent events in Donald Trump’s presidency.

At PaleyFest, Sorkin handpicked the Season 2 finale to be screened before his sit-down conversation. A major storyline of the episode, titled “Two Cathedrals,” revolves around Martin Sheen’s character, the president of the United States, who is hiding the fact that he has multiple sclerosis. Sorkin watched the episode from the control room, before coming out on stage.

“I thought, watching the past couple of minutes,

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