John Mellencamp rocks Clinton campaign

May 4, 2008

mellencamp.jpgINDIANAPOLIS – Rock star John Mellencamp played for Hillary Clinton in his home state of Indiana on Saturday, just a few days after he played for her rival, Barack Obama.

“This country’s got to change, and you’re the people who can change it,” he told a crowd of Clinton supporters shivering in an evening chill in White River State Park in Indianapolis.

Mellencamp, an Indiana native who still lives in the state, then launched into “Our Country,” a song often played at Clinton campaign events.

The song begins: “”Well, I can stand beside ideals I think are right, and I can stand beside the idea to stand and fight. I do believe there’s a dream for everyone. This is our country.”

Mellencamp has not endorsed either Clinton or Obama. He played for an Obama campaign event on April 22 in Evansville, Indiana.

The musician, known for his involvement in Farm Aid and his support for U.S. soldiers, campaigned for John Edwards before the former North Carolina senator dropped out of the race for the Democratic presidential nomination. Mellencamp also has spoken out against President George W. Bush and the Iraq war.

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Photo: Reuters/Jeff Haynes


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Posted by On the road in Indiana: Clinton stumps with Mellencamp and co. | Report as abusive

Well…a 9/11 troofer comes to Hillary’s side…oh boy.

See,s to me alot of the WHITE rockers perfer Hillary.

One thing at least…unlike Elton John he is an American.

Posted by charmingtail | Report as abusive

I think it is great the John is more grownup than most democrats, I include myself.

Posted by Tina | Report as abusive

I think it’s great he isn’t following a trend a choosing one side over the other. As far as race issues are concerned, charmingtail, grow up.

Posted by Boom | Report as abusive