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Scandal‘s President Wants Hillary Clinton in the Oval Office

TIME/People WHCD Cocktail Party
Tony Goldwyn and Dan Bucatinsky at the TIME/People WHCD cocktail party at St Regis Hotel - Astor Terrace on May 2, 2014 in Washington, DC. Larry Busacca—Getty Images for TIME

Tony Goldwyn, who plays President Fitzgerald Grant on the hit ABC show, thinks the former First Lady would make a great commander-in-chief

Tony Goldwyn may stand in the Oval Office every week on the set of ABC’s Scandal, but the actor—who plays President Fitzgerald “Fitz” Grant on the hit show—called standing in the real deal “surreal.”

“I looked up to see if there were any cameras but I couldn’t find any,” the actor told TIME of his visit to the White House this week. “There’s also a ceiling in the real office—there’s no ceiling in ours.”

Goldwyn and many other Scandal cast members attended the TIME/People pre-White House Correspondents’ Dinner cocktail party on Friday. And though the actor who plays the show’s president says he drew inspiration for his character from Presidents Obama, Clinton and Kennedy, the person he’d most like to see as commander-in-chief was once a First Lady.

“[Hillary Clinton] is the most qualified candidate out there,” Goldwyn said. “She’s got the intelligence, she’s inspiring, and she’s tough.”

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