Hollywood actor Angela Bassett came home to St. Petersburg on Tuesday to urge people to get out and vote for Hillary Clinton.
“This election, the stakes are higher than ever,” Bassett told a small group of supporters in south St. Petersburg.
The nation has come far under President Barack Obama, she said, and no one wants to lose the gains that have been made.
The choice, she said, amounts to “going further together … or we can go backward.”
Bassett not only urged voters to go out and cast ballots, she also encouraged her audience to volunteer in the campaign and to help get out the vote.
“We have two weeks to cross the finish line,” Bassett said. “We want to cross it with big numbers.”
This is the second time Bassett, a St. Petersburg native, has campaigned for a presidential nominee. She came back to her home town in 2012 to help get out the vote for Obama’s reelection campaign.
Bassett is also the second Clinton surrogate to come to south St. Petersburg. Last week, a group of African-American mayors and former mayors brought their “Souls to the Polls Train” to the Dr. Carter G. Woodson African-American Museum. Their message was the same as Bassett’s – get out and vote for Clinton.
Like Bassett, who talked about higher wages, the mayors spoke of Clinton’s campaign promises – jobs, investments in neglected communities and in infrastructure.
Clinton herself is scheduled to make an appearance Wednesday in Tampa. Clinton’s early voting rally will be held at 2:45 p.m. at Curtis Hixon Park in downtown Tampa. Doors will open at 12:15 p.m.