Singer Alicia Keys Talks 2012 Elections, Women's Issues and New Album
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Keys has begun to campaign across the country for President Obama
Last week, singer and songwriter Alicia Keys hit the campaign trail at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia. The Grammy award winning musician helped to launch the Women's Vote 2012 Summit. The summit is geared to get the message out to women about the important role that they will play in voting in this year's upcoming election.
The presidential campaign between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney is heating up and both candidates are offering women voters very different agendas. President Barack Obama has been a strong advocate for women in regards to equality in the workplace, healthcare and education. On the other hand, Mitt Romney has done the complete opposite when it comes to women issues. Romney has promised that if he is elected President, he will hand over decisions about women's health to employers, get rid of Planned Parenthood, and take away a woman's right to choose.
Alicia Keys has said this is among the many reasons why she has decided to campaign to re-elect President Obama. Speaking to a standing room only crowd of hundreds, Keys delivered a very powerful message to supporters about President Obama.
"I don't think anyone is surprised by Obama's record on women's issues, said Keys. "He was raised by a powerful woman, he married a powerful woman and now he is raising two powerful women. He definitely gets it! President Obama has done so much for us, and now it's our turn to collectively vote for him in November."
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I had a an opportunity to interview Alicia Keys during the Women's Vote 2012 Summit. Here is what she had to say about her role in the summit and the upcoming election.
Loop 21: Why was it important for you to get involved with the Women's Vote 2012 Summit?
Alicia Keys: This is an extremely important election. All elections are important, but this one requires that all of us get involved. It doesn't matter who you are, what your background is, or what your job is, everyone is going to be effected by what happens in this next election, so for me I want to do my part to make sure it goes the right way.
Loop 21: Do you ever second guess your decision to share your political views with the public for fear of a backlash?