Today HRC released a new national digital ad, “Obama & Clinton: Moving Equality Forward“, highlighting the historic progress the LGBTQ community has experienced during President Obama’s eight years in the White House, and Hillary Clinton as the candidate who will sustain the momentum and build on his legacy.
The ad features President Obama time and time again raising up the dignity of LGBTQ people and embracing full equality through words and action — from marriage equality and the repeal of “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell”, to funding efforts to end HIV and ensuring the equal treatment of transgender .eople.
President Obama: “That’s why we condemn the persecution of people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender. We do these things not only because they are the right thing to do, but because ultimately they will make us safer. I want you to know that I expect – and hope – to be judged not by words, not by promises I’ve made, but by the promises that my administration keeps.”
He spells out the imperative of mobilizing voters to elect Hillary Clinton, who is running on the most pro-equality platform of any major party presidential candidate in history:
President Obama: “All of the progress we have made is at stake in this election. If you’re ready to continue this journey that we started, then join me. Register folks to vote. Get them to the polls. Keep marching, keep fighting, keep organizing. This isn’t the end point, this is the beginning.”
“President Obama is the greatest champion for LGBTQ equality to ever occupy the Oval Office. But all the gains we’ve made in the last eight years — all our historic progress — is at risk this election,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “We must remember that our victories have never been inevitable. We’ve fought for every battle we’ve won and with Hillary Clinton in the White House, we will continue to win. On the other hand, Donald Trump threatens to roll back every single victory we’ve achieved. We must preserve, honor and advance President Obama’s legacy by doing everything we can to make Hillary Clinton our next commander in chief.”
The new ad is part of HRC’s digital campaign focused on mobilizing the 10 million LGBTQ voters nationwide, which is more than double President Obama’s margin of victory over Mitt Romney in 2012. Ensuring these voters get to the polls can help determine the outcome in critical swing states, including Florida, North Carolina, and Ohio.