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Actor-director Warren Beatty says he won't let "monied, honeyed voices of ridicule and reaction" stop him from considering a presidential bid.

In a speech to Hollywood's liberal elite Wednesday night, Beatty drew several rounds of applause, but didn't deliver what the crowd came to hear: A yes or no about his presidential intentions.

He did promise to champion the causes of American liberalism whether he runs or not. He criticized the Democratic Party for looking Republican, and questioned whether Democratic presidential candidates Al Gore and Bill Bradley are true to the party's tradition.

"Is there no protest anymore?" Beatty told a celebrity-studded audience of several hundred people during a speech to the Southern California Americans for Democratic Action. "Are we coming to the point where the Democratic Party has to have a Republican president to find its voice again?"

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