Natalie Portman to Campaign for Obama in Nevada
Academy Award-winning actress Natalie Portman will hit the campaign trail on President Barack Obama's behalf Saturday at a major event in Nevada, which has emerged as a crucial swing state.
Portman will join a pair of Obama insiders, political strategist Valerie Jarrett and Democratic activist Cecilia Munoz, for a Las Vegas event designed to get women to vote.
The America-Nevada Women Vote 2012 Summit represents three consistent themes of the Obama re-election campaign that have emerged as the election cycle moves into its crucial final phase. One is enlisting as much A-list celebrity support as possible. (That’s where Portman comes in.)
The second and increasingly important theme is the president’s support for issues such as reproductive rights and support for families that are of particular concern to women. (That’s why all three headliners are women.)
The third is the centrality of Latino voters to the president’s re-election hopes. (Hence Munoz.) Latinos have emerged as a particularly important voting bloc in Nevada, and there is some research that suggests that Latinas outnumber Latinos among Spanish-surnamed voters there.
The event will be held at the historic 5th Street School Auditorium.
"President Obama fights for women every day, and I am proud to stand with him on behalf of women and girls across the country," Portman said. "The president has proven that he is a strong advocate for women and a defender of the issues that are important to women and their families, from affordable health care to fair pay and quality public education."