- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 3, 2000

The professional wrestler known as "The Rock" was raring to rev up the convention, but some GOP conservatives didn't want his help.
The World Wrestling Federation champion was joining House Speaker Dennis Hastert, a former high school wrestling coach, in launching tonight's convention session.
That didn't sit well with the Parents Television Council, which complained to GOP leaders that the Rock stars in "the most violent and vulgar program on prime time network television."
The Rock, a k a Dwayne Johnson, wouldn't say which candidate he's supporting for president and answered his critics at a news conference promoting a voter registration drive the WWF is sponsoring with MTV's Choose or Lose, Youth Vote 2000 and Project Vote Smart.
"If they're truly upset with it, lighten up," he said. "The violence in our show is very slapstick. There are no guns, there are no knives, there are no axes, nobody gets killed, nobody gets raped. Steel chairs and garbage cans are allowed, but everyone lives for another day."
Ed Gillespie, the convention's program director, said the Rock's voter-registration efforts are "an admirable thing."

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