Celebs make a final pre-Election Day push for their candidates
While President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney have been making their final rounds in swing states in an attempt to eek out as many more votes as possible in the last days before Election Day, celebrities are doing their part too. Check out which stars are doing some last-minute stumping for their candidates.
Though his New Jersey is still dealing with the horrific aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, The Boss left the Garden State to be by President Obama's side on Monday, even traveling with him on Air Force One and making stops at rallies in Iowa, Ohio, and Wisconsin. In Madison, Wisconsin, Springsteen "opened" for the president by singing a gaggle of inspiring tunes including "No Surrender" and "The Promised Land." "Let's vote for the man who got Osama," the rocker said to the crowd of 18,000.
Obama and Springsteen traveled to Columbus, Ohio, later on Monday, where they were joined on stage by Brooklyn's own Jay-Z. The hip-hop mogul belted out one of his most famous songs, "99 Problems," but made an important change to the lyrics, namely, swapping out the word "b---h" for something else: ''I got 99 problems but Mitt ain't one,'' the 44-year-old sang. As for which musician the president likes better, well, he managed to stay in everyone's good graces, telling the crowd he had tunes by both guys on his iPod.
Detroit native Kid Rock flew to New Hampshire on Monday to join the Republican candidate Mitt Romney at a final rally in Manchester planned for election eve. Kid Rock will perform to a crowd of Romney supporters before the candidate gives his final speech of the day, slated for 11 p.m. Kid Rock's tune, "Born Free," is currently the campaign's anthem.
On Sunday, legendary singer Stevie Wonder also hit the battleground state of Ohio, where he performed "Signed, Sealed, Delivered" at a Cincinnati rally. While a recording of the tune is often played at the end of Obama rallies, this time supporters were treated to a live version by Wonder. The day before, Wonder had another surprise up his sleeve when he performed an impromptu concert for citizens standing in line to vote early … Republicans too, apparently.
With less than two weeks left until Election Day, musician Meat Loaf announced he was lending his support to the GOP candidate, joining Mitt Romney on stage at an Ohio rally on October 26. "I have never been in any political agenda in my life, but I think that in 2012 this is the most important election in the history of the United States," he told the crowd. The 65-year-old then led an, er, interesting rendition of "America the Beautiful" that quickly went viral.
In Milwaukee on Saturday, pop star Katy Perry put on a colorful performance in front of thousands of Obama supporters, stripping off a red, white, and blue ensemble to reveal a in a super-skin-tight latex dress with the campaign slogan "Forward" written on it. The 28-year-old crooned a cover of the Al Green tune "Let's Stay Together," which Obama made headlines for singing earlier this year at Harlem's Apollo Theater. And Perry has been a busy campaigner, putting on a show for Obama supporters the weekend before in Las Vegas.
Sitcom star and vocal conservative Patricia Heaton got to introduce vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan in her home state of Ohio on October 27. "I get the pleasure of introducing our next vice president. I have to tell you, backstage I didn't recognize him with his shirt on. Heaton, a vocal conservative," said Heaton, joking about the shirtless pics of the buff congressman that have emerged in recent months. "We have an opportunity to vote for a team who believes in the greatness of this country, who believes that everybody should have a shot at the American dream and who will set politics aside to do what is right for the American people," she continued.
On Monday, gay and lesbian news publication The Advocate published a commentary written by Anne Hathaway explaining her two biggest reasons for voting to re-elect President Obama. A year ago, I would have told you that my brother Michael was one of the main reasons I wanted President Obama to stay in office. When he told my family he was gay, we told him we loved him and that we would support him — in this election that means supporting the candidate who shares our values on gay rights," "The Devil Wears Prada" actress wrote. "Now, I find myself doing something I never thought I would have to do — in addition to fighting for LGBT rights, this year I must cast my vote to protect my own rights as a woman."
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