By Victoria Jonas, News Contributing Writer
Posted 9:12 AM EST, Thurs. Oct. 13, 2016
Note: This is the corrected version of the story, as opposed to the published article in The Hilltop’s print issue #8 from October 13, 2016.
With the presidential election less than a month away, LeBron James of the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers recently endorsed Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.
“I support Hillary because she will build on the legacy of my good friend, President Barack Obama. I believe in what President Obama has done for our country and support her commitment to continuing that legacy,” James said.
On Sunday, October 2, the four-time MVP wrote an op-ed published by Business Insider about his perspective on the presidential race. Within the article, LeBron explained that Hillary Clinton and him share a common interest of giving back to the community and everyone working together to generate change. Howard University students may or may not agree on his support of presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, which could influence their vote this November.
“Hillary has always been a champion for children and their futures. For over 40 years, she’s been working to improve public schools, expand access to health care, support children’s hospitals, and so much more,” said James.
“But I do know we need a president who brings us together and keeps us unified,” he continued. “Policies and ideas that divide us more are not the solution.”
“We must all stand together — no matter where we are from or the color of our skin. And Hillary is running on the message of hope and unity that we need.”
Being that James is a popular NBA superstar, he could have a major influence on younger voters. His push for Clinton could increase her votes in Ohio. Previously, the Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump led in Ohio polls. There has also been an uprising of young voters refusing to vote because they don’t feel that either candidate is fit for the presidential position.
However, big name celebrities such as James backing presidential candidates could encourage students and younger people to exercise their voting rights.
“We need a president who understands our community and will build on the legacy of President Obama. So let’s register to vote, show up to the polls, and vote for Hillary Clinton,” LeBron concluded.