Even as her rival Donald Trump is slipping in the polls, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is pulling out the big guns in battleground states in an attempt to sway any undecided voters. The campaign announced a series of events dubbed “Love Trumps Hate” that will feature performances by Katy Perry, Jennifer Lopez and Jon Bon Jovi, among others.
In a press release announcing the effort, the campaign said, “The performance series will feature a number of artists performing in battleground states who will energize our supporters and encourage them to turn out to vote on Election Day or to take advantage of early voting options in their states.” More performances will be announced in the coming days.
The phrase “love trumps hate” was used by Clinton during her primetime address at the Democratic National Convention in July. The announcement explained that the performances will also serve as a recruiting opportunity to find new volunteers for the home stretch of the campaign. “In the final weeks of the campaign, what voters will hear from these performers and all HFA surrogates is that Hillary Clinton has the experience and steadiness to bring people together and get real results,” the statement continued. “The choice in this election is clear. We can either come together to tackle the big challenges facing the country or let Donald Trump keep tearing us apart with his divisive rhetoric and dangerous ideas. That’s why millions of people are coming together to support Hillary Clinton and send a clear message that ‘love trumps hate.’”
According to the campaign scheduling site, Bon Jovi is slated to perform in Pittsburgh on Oct. 27 and Tampa on Nov. 5, while Lopez will be in Miami on Oct. 29; no additional event details had been announced at press time.
Stars came out for Clinton on Monday night (Oct. 17) in New York at a “Stronger Together” Broadway benefit that features performances from Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, Billy Crystal, Josh Groban, Bette Midler, Neil Patrick Harris, Hugh Jackman, Sara Bareilles, as well as appearances from former president Bill Clinton, Barbra Streisand, Lena Dunham, Chelsea Clinton, Angela Bassett, Joel Grey, Sienna Miller, Sarah Jessica Parker, Anne Hathaway, Emily Blunt, Julia Roberts, Helen Mirren and others.