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Actor Martin Sheen teamed up with Ill. Governor Pat Quinn on Thursday to lend his star power to the Democratic governor’s push for a higher minimum wage.

Speaking before the crowd at a South Side church, Sheen invoked Pope Francis and cited his Catholic faith as the reason he supports a minimum wage increase.

“I’ve been an actor all my life, that’s what I do for a living,” said Sheen, who portrayed President Josiah Bartlet on TV’s “The West Wing.” “But activism is what I do to stay alive and this is a reflection of my activism. This is far less a political issue than a moral one.”

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