Marc Anthony has moved masses with his soulful singing and melodramatic act.
Now, the Nuyorican salsa crooner is raising his voice in support of President Barack Obama’s attempt at re-election.
Anthony is the latest Latino celebrity to join the Obama support team. He joins pop star Ricky Martin and actress Eva Longoria, who is also Obama campaign co-chair.
“We’ve got jobs, the economy, immigration,” says Anthony, looking straight into the camera in the 30-second video. “President Obama is on our side on all of it.”
Latino celebs for Obama
Slated to perform at a Obama fundraiser in Miami later this month — with tickets ranging from $25 to $40,000 — Anthony also points to an ever-growing Hispanic demographic and its potential impact on the presidential election in November. “Latinos are a force that can and will help decide this election,” Anthony says. “And it’s a good thing we have so much to say, right?
“The president has our back, so it’s time to let him know that we’ve have his,” Anthony says urging Latinos to go to Obama’s Latino-focused website and get involved.
The ad concludes with Anthony urging viewers “to make sure he gets four more years.” before adding “Estamos unidos,” (“We’re united,”) in Spanish.
That’s the same call to action tagline Longoria used in an ad released in late April. In the video, Longoria talks about how as a young girl her parents made sure she knew she could have anything with hard work. While growing up with younger sister Lisa, who required special needs care, she learned to be courageous and compassionate — the same values she sees in Obama.
“Whether he’s fighting for affordable health care and access to education, or supporting small businesses in the Hispanic community, over the last three years he’s fought to reform our immigration system to give everyone a fair shot at the American dream,” says Longoria in the advertisement. “That is what the election is about and each one of us is responsible for the outcome in November.”
The Latin star-studded support for Obama has escalated in recent weeks — just as Republican candidate Mitt Romney’s campaign “Juntos Con Romney” was released.
Anchored by ex-Secretary of Commerce Carlos Guiterrez and former Attorney General of Puerto Rico Jose Fuentes, the Romney campaign committee hopes to garner Latino voters by steering its campaign to issues of importance in Hispanic communities.
But while Obama is backed by a bevy of celebrities, the lone person on the 21-strong
Juntos committee for Romney is Denver Nuggets guard Rudy Fernandez, who was born in Spain and is not a U.S. citizen — so he can’t even vote.
Still, Gutierrez defended the committee in a statement released earlier this month.
“The Hispanic community has been especially hard-hit by President Obama’s policies,” Gutierrez said. “Instead of spurring economic growth and creating jobs, President Obama has only expanded government and hurt job creation. We need a leader who will bring back jobs, help small businesses, and ensure that the American dream remains for future generations.”
Watch video Marc Anthony’s message on Obama