Katy Perry’s ‘Roar’ used in new Clinton ad for battleground states
Singer Katy Perry performs on the last day of the Democratic National Convention in July in Philadelphia. (Ricky Carioti/The Washington Post)
Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton is debuting a new television ad Saturday set to the music of Katy Perrys hit Roar, the latest contribution to her campaign by a pop star.
The 60-second spot might be just as notable for where its airing: in 11 states that the Clinton campaign now identifies as battlegrounds in the race against Republican Donald Trump.
Those include Arizona, a traditionally Republican state where recent polls have suggested Clinton has a fighting chance. But the list also includes Michigan and Wisconsin, two Democratic-leaning states where Clinton has consistently enjoyed a lead but where Republican Donald Trump is making a late play.
The Democratic ticket has beefed up resources in those states in recent days. Clinton campaigned in Detroit on Friday, and her running mate, Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia, has several appearances over the weekend scheduled in Wisconsin. The campaign is also considering dispatching Clinton and other high-profile surrogates to Michigan again in coming days.
The new Clinton ad features images of a series of voters, with narration on the screen declaring they are voting for fairness, courage, respect and other qualities, as Perrys hit plays.Hillary Clinton appears at a musical campaign rally headlined by singers Beyonc, left, and Jay Z, on Friday in Cleveland. (Melina Mara/The Washington Post)
Perry, who endorsed Clinton last year, is among several musical artists who are playing concerts to benefit the Democratic nominee in the closing days of the election. Perry, who also performed at the Democratic National Convention in July, is scheduled to appear alongside Clinton Saturday night in Philadelphia.
Other artists whove performed at Clinton events include Jay Z and Beyonce, who joined Clinton in Cleveland on Friday night.
Jennifer Lopez joined her last week in Miami.