It’s a long slog until Nov. 3, but the Iowa Caucuses are just around the corner (Monday, Feb. 3) and the Democratic presidential candidates competing in the all-important first major contest of the presidential election season are scrambling to lock down votes and endorsements from their A-list supporters.
Does a thumbs-up from a singer or movie star move the needle when voters enter the booth to pick a candidate? It’s hard to say, but that hasn’t stopped the dozen-plus candidates vying to replace President Donald Trump from seeking out and getting psyched about the celebrities stepping up to be counted.
Check out which music and movie stars have spoken up in the election so far. (Editor’s note: Not all qualify as official endorsements.)
Michael Bennett: The former U.S. senator from Colorado hasn’t racked up any celebrity endorsements so far, but he does have support from onetime 2020 candidate and former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper and Denver Mayor Michael Hancock.
Joe Biden: The former two-term vice president got used to the parade of celebs who streamed in and out of the White House during the Obama years. But that flood of A-listers has slowed to a trickle so far during Biden’s field-leading run back to the White House. He’s gotten some love from Game of Thrones writer George R. R. Martin, a perhaps-not-entirely-desired nod from celebrity lawyer/Stormy Daniels attorney Michael Avenatti, as well as support from actress Vivica A. Fox, figure skater Michelle Kwan, actor Sean Patrick Thomas, NBA Hall of Famer Bill Bradley, Spinal Tap director Rob Reiner, Star Trek star George Takei and Hollywood power couple Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson.
We have a great field of candidates running for President. We should be supportive of them all. But if ever there was a time in our nation’s history that we needed someone to restore our soul & standing as leader of the free world, it’s now. Joe Biden will do that on day one.
— Rob Reiner (@robreiner) April 25, 2019
Michael Bloomberg: To be honest, the former three-term New York mayor and billionaire businessman doesn’t really need anyone’s help. Though a late entry into the race, he’s quickly made an impact thanks to nearly a quarter-billion dollars in spending on TV ads. So far, his endorsements have come from a slew of mayors of major U.S. cities and members of Congress from California, New York and Florida. As for celebrities, there’s actor Michael Douglas, Law & Order mainstay Sam Waterston, former Project Runway host Tim Gunn, fashion designer Isaac Mizrazi and former NFL star Dhani Jones. Oh, plus Judge Judy.
Pete Buttigieg: Mayor of South Bend, Ind., and first openly gay major-party candidate for president, Buttigieg has been rising in the polls over the past few weeks as he begins to collect some bold-faced names. In addition to support from the former DNC chair Steve Grossman and Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley, Buttigieg has gotten love from Jennifer Aniston, Kevin Costner, John Stamos, comedian Tig Notaro, Larry David, David Geffen, Barbra Streisand, Spike Jonze, Kevin Bacon, Sharon Stone, George Takei, Pedro Pascal, Seth MacFarlane, Michael J. Fox and Robert De Niro.
In addition, David Crosby, Ben Harper, radio host Charlamagne Tha God and Mandy Moore have hopped on the train, with the This Is Us star recently telling the Des Moines Register, “I just believe in him so much. I’m so inspired by him. I feel like he is such a hopeful candidate.” Harper performed at the Iowa Democrats’ Liberty and Justice Celebration in November, changing the lyrics of “People Lead” to “When Pete takes the lead.” Mayor Pete has also gotten love from Goop goddess Gwyneth Paltrow, who held a campaign event for him at her home last year
Just got off the stage with this guy in Iowa! I don’t usually get involved in politics, but @pete.buttigieg is just so darn brilliant and inspiring—he’s the person America needs as president right now. If you’re with us, click the link in my bio to chip in and donate to the campaign. Every dollar counts. #teampete
John Delaney: The former U.S. representative from Maryland has notched a few inside-baseball political endorsements, but no stars to speak of at press time.
Tulsi Gabbard: The Hawaiian congresswoman has former congressman and two-time presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich and former Arkansas Sen. Mike Gravel on her side, but no celebrities so far.
Amy Klobuchar: The Minnesota senator has landed Glee star Jane Lynch so far, as well as most major Democratic officeholders in Minnesota and former vice president Walter Mondale.
— Jane Lynch (@janemarielynch) December 20, 2019
Deval Patrick: The former governor of Massachusetts doesn’t appear to have earned any celeb endorsements to date.
Bernie Sanders: The Vermont senator has had the most luck piling up A-list backers, with more than a dozen lining up so far. Jack White rocked an Oct. 27 show at Detroit’s Cass Technical High School for Rep. Rashida Tlaib and Sanders, Cardi B has made it abundantly clear that she’s on team Sanders, as have Dispatch, whose members played a rally for the senator in New Hampshire in late 2019. Jason Mraz reposted a Sanders campaign video on his site and wrote a passionate note about the issues he’s concerned about in October. Brandi Carlile also hopped on the Bernie Express, after reportedly running into the Democratic congressman in the Las Vegas airport, with John Cusack, Mark Ruffalo, Bob’s Burgers star H. Jon Benjamin, filmmaker Michael Moore and Jeopardy! champ Ken Jennings tossing their hats in as well.
Rapper T.I. is also feeling the Bern, proudly telling The View in October that he thinks Sanders is the one to beat Trump. “From me, it’s anybody but Trump 2020,” he said, adding to his public endorsement of Sanders’ 2016 presidential campaign as well. Prince’s old band, the New Power Generation, performed at a Sanders rally on Nov. 3 at the Williams Arena on the campus of the University of Minnesota.
One of the celebs who has been Sanders’ supporter the longest is rapper Killer Mike, who recently dropped a video entitled “I’m With the Revolutionary,” and Vampire Weekend, who along with Bon Iver‘s Justin Vernon just announced two shows in Iowa this week to support Sanders. The Strokes announced a Get Out the Vote rally for Sanders on Feb. 10 at the Whittemore Center Arena in New Hampshire in advance of that state’s Feb. 11 primary. And, of course, you can’t forget Ariana Grande.
So I know this is long over due but here it is ! A couple of weeks ago I asked my followers if you all had the chance to ask a Democratic candidate a question, what would that question be? The topic that was mentioned the most by all of you was about raising MINIMUM WAGE. I got the chance to ask @berniesanders about this, and these are his answers. Keep sending your questions, we will be addressing more of these soon!
Not me, US. Thank you Senator Bernie Sanders for sitting with me and sharing your plans on how you will change this country. A couple of weeks ago I asked my followers if you had the opportunity to have a question answered by a democratic candidate what would it be ? I got a lot of submission and selected the most popular questions to get answered. Stay tuned to see how he will fight for economic, racial, and social justice for all. Together, let’s build a movement of young people to transform this country.LETS LEARN OUR CANDIDATES!
— Jason Mraz (@jason_mraz) October 26, 2019
— Bon Iver (@boniver) January 22, 2020
Tom Steyer: The hedge fund manager and environmentalist also doesn’t appear to have racked up any endorsements of note to date.
Elizabeth Warren: The senator, who has consistently been in the top tier of Democratic candidates, has gotten praise from John Legend, who told Vanity Fair that he thinks Warren is “the best candidate running today and she comes at it with joy and with sincerity and with a wealth of knowledge and experience.” Legend’s wife, model/TV hostess Chrissy Teigen, is also onboard, as is Queer Eye star Jonathan Van Ness, actress Scarlett Johansson, author Roxane Gay, Melissa Etheridge, U.S. women’s soccer star Megan Rapinoe and Rosie O’Donnell, as well as former presidential nominee Michael Dukakis and U.S. Rep. Ayanna Pressley.
— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) October 29, 2019
— Melissa Etheridge (@metheridge) October 10, 2019
Andrew Yang: The hard-charging entrepreneur who is pitching his $1,000-a-month “Freedom Dividend” plan has comedians Dave Chappelle and Masked Singer star Ken Jeong onboard, along with Tesla founder Elon Musk, Steven Yeun (The Walking Dead), Teri Hatcher, director James Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy), Childish Gambino (aka Donald Glover), who signed on as the campaign’s “Creative Consultant,” and Weezer singer Rivers Cuomo, who performed at Nov. 1’s Yangaplooza rally.
— Andrew Yang– (@AndrewYang) December 18, 2019
Rivers Cuomo opens Yangapalooza concert in Des Moines with “Buddy Holly” pic.twitter.com/z33n1GXuNI
— Edward-Isaac Dovere (@IsaacDovere) November 1, 2019
President Trump: Like Biden, the glittering endorsements haven’t exactly been pouring in for the former reality star-turned-leader of the free world. He, of course, always has potential presidential candidate Kanye West in his corner, reliably conservative actor Jon Voight, exiled sitcom star Roseanne Barr, former TV star Scott Baio and, as always, Kid Rock. (The Republican Iowa caucus is also on Feb. 3 and Trump is essentially running unopposed, though former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld and Rep. Joe Walsh will be in the mix.)
Trump all day
— ye (@kanyewest) January 1, 2019
Editor’s note: This article was updated to add more celebrity endorsements for Michael Bloomberg.