“What I want to give the energy to people is about our potential, our possibility, about our power,” the singer said as she prepared her remarks to introduce the Democratic vice presidential candidate at a Phoenix, Ariz. rally that occurred on Oct. 28. “A lot of what I’m thinking about and talking about is, like, we’re the bosses of these candidates, which is a hundred percent true. We hire them! We are allowed to feel the joy in all the rights that have been fought for for so many years…
“I just want people to feel good and feel inspired, and know that this is our time,” she added before filming a Q&A with Harris about the possibility of a Democratic majority. “And we have the right to voice how we feel and see the shift that we want to see.”
(For her part, the vice presidential nominee called out bills currently stuck in limbo in the Senate about expanding benefits for people unemployed by the coronavirus pandemic, the climate crisis and the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, the latter of which she co-authored with Senator Cory Booker.)
Keys also spoke passionately about the importance of remaining engaged in the political process, no matter how difficult or disheartening it can be at times.
“Sometimes it feels confusing; politics are so, kind of, ugly and dirty. Especially now more than ever, it feels like there’s just no ethics and there’s no, you know, respect. But what I do know is super important to show up for,” she said, going on to name her two sons Egypt and Genesis. “It’s important for me to show up for all the kids that are gonna inherit what we leave behind. And if I’m just like, ‘Oh well, I’m not gonna show up because it’s too crazy,’ like, what does that say to them?”
The singer closed out the video by using her official introduction of Harris to call for change in the 2020 election. “I’m open for change, you know what I mean? ‘Cause change is good and change is necessary; it’s inevitable, that’s why we’re all here,” she concluded. “But damn! Changing the status quo is hard work. I see everybody voting to support Black lives, LGBTQ rights, climate justice, justice of all kinds. We are showing up for justice!”
Watch Keys stump for Kamala in Arizona below.