Bill Clinton and Fleetwood Mac; John McCain and ABBA; Barack Obama and Stevie Wonder — for decades, politicians have aligned their campaigns with on-message artists. As House races heat up ahead of November’s midterm elections, these new candidates, who have all won their state primaries, share the theme songs powering their fights.
Colin Allred, D-Texas 32
“‘I Won’t Back Down’ by Tom Petty. I am running to be the representative of the people of the 39th Congressional District — not of party bosses or Washington, D.C., interests. I will stand up to partisan interests, work across party lines and never back down from fighting for the diverse communities I represent.”
Jesse Colvin, D-Md. 1
“‘Still D.R.E.’ by Dr. Dre. Flash back to the movie Training Day, when Denzel Washington tells Ethan Hawke’s character, ‘You’re in the office, baby.’ On the campaign trail, we’re on the road so much that my truck is our office. And I think my campaign manager was told once in his life that he looked like Denzel.”
Ammar Campa-Najjar, D-Calif. 50
“Bon Jovi‘s ‘We Weren’t Born To Follow’ really resonates with my platform and stances for the working and middle class.