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September 18, 2012

Randy Newman writes new satirical, political song

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"It's delicate enough that I'm not going to offend people every which way, but I wanted to get it right as best I could," said Newman, who added that he's always worried there may be some backlash following the release of a song like this one.

Newman believes Obama will be re-elected in November and feels that Republican contender Mitt Romney isn't a "serious candidate for president."

Newman said he's proud of how America has progressed, though, but adds that "there's a long way to go."

"No European country would have elected a black man," he said. "I can't believe it happened. I think it's fantastic, like a step on the moon."

The Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee said some friends told him to save the track — which he wrote a couple weeks ago — for an upcoming album, but he says releasing it now is perfect timing.

"I think it's for the moment," he said. "It's not going to live forever."

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