Thursday, 3 November 2016

Celebrities Turn Out for Clinton

 In this Feb. 22, 2015 file photo, Jay Z arrives at the 2015 Vanity Fair Oscar Party in Beverly Hills, Calif. Jay Z will headline a Nov. 4, 2016, free show in Cleveland to encourage people to vote for Democrat Hillary Clinton for president.
Hillary Clinton is surging in at least one special category--lining up last-minute appearances by show-business celebrities on her behalf.

The Democratic presidential nominee is hoping that star power will attract young people, Latinos and other voters who might be impressed by big-name entertainers. It's never been a sure thing that such celebrities actually convince people to vote for a candidate, but Clinton is giving it a try. Her allies say that another reason to campaign with celebrities is that they attract attention, and this can give Clinton an opportunity to make her case to an engaged audience.
Whatever the effectiveness, Clinton is unleashing as much star power as she can. Ne-Yo performed at Clinton's campaign event in Raleigh, North Carolina, Tuesday, and the National performed for her in Cincinnati Wednesday. Steve Aoki is scheduled to appear for Clinton in Las Vegas Thursday, Jay Z in Cleveland Friday, Stevie Wonder in Philadelphia Friday, and Katy Perry in Philadelphia Saturday. Jon Bon Jovi is to perform at a get-out-the-vote rally for Clinton in St. Petersburg, Florida Saturday and in Charlotte, North Carolina Sunday.

Last Saturday night, singers Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony performed for a pro-Clinton crowd in Miami. Anthony said the Latino electorate will make the difference in many areas. "They will never mess with us again," he declared. "They will see us for the force that we are."
Clinton told the crowd, "Donald Trump is out there stoking fear, disgracing our democracy, and insulting one group of Americans after another. Are we going to let Donald Trump get away with
that?"

Trump, the Republican presidential nominee, has not won the support of nearly as many show-business stars as Clinton has. His backers include singers Wayne Newton and Ted Nugent.