Actress Angela Bassett: Vote and vote for Hillary
Feb 22, 2016
Hillary Clinton’s “get out the vote” (GOTV) campaign stopped at Claflin on Tuesday, Feb. 9.
It was heralded by Oscar-nominated actress Angela Bassett. The event took place at the W.V. Middleton auditorium with a big turnout by students, staff and others.
“I am here to energize you and hope you’re activated about what’s going on this year, 2016, and how important it is to get out to vote,” Bassett said.
Being young should not stop students from making decisions such as voting for the right person -- and that right person is Clinton for president, Bassett said.
“So am glad I took her advice to not be average but to be excellent in all things,” Bassett said as she talked about how her mother instilled in her the importance of education and that Claflin students should value education as it brings out the potential in all.
“Freedom costs, education costs and Hillary Clinton wants to make education affordable -- from the public school level, from preschool on up to college so that it is affordable,” she said as she encouraged students to go to the polls on Feb. 27 in South Carolina’s Democratic presidential primary.
Bassett said she was privileged to stand before Claflin students, even though doing so can be uncomfortable with no script or stage. But she is happy to champion the causes of voting and voting for Hillary Clinton.
“Trust and believe, get out and vote and know that I came here because of you, and because this is an important hour, an hour that we need you, your vote,” she said. “Your vote tips everything; you tip the scale.”
She highlighted the various achievements of Clinton: first lady of Arkansas, first lady of the United States, U.S. senator from New York as well as U.S. secretary of state.
“Thank you so much for coming out today and know that I applaud you in what you are doing in this university: getting an education and becoming tomorrow’s leaders,” she said.
Bassett had earlier in the day visited South Carolina State University with the same message.