My Person of the Year

To help us make this year's selection, TIME asked cover subjects and previous Persons of the Year for their 2006 nominations. A sampling:

STEVEN SPIELBERG MICHAEL J. FOX Director Steven Spielberg is a three-time Oscar winner and co-founder of DreamWorks I nominate Michael J. Fox, who made ads for Democratic candidates this year, using his own suffering to equate the conservatives' war on science with terrible human consequences. The ads occasioned a counterattack that exposed right-wing meanness and helped Democrats take the Senate.

MELISSA ETHERIDGE AL GORE Singer Melissa Etheridge was recognized as one of the TIME 100 last year

I nominate Al Gore. He stood up and said, "Hey, we're not doing the right thing for the planet." I think he's waking...

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