Ashton Kutcher endorses Hillary Clinton during Cedar Rapids visit
'I'm definitely not a Trumper,' Iowa native says
CEDAR RAPIDS — Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton got an endorsement Saturday from an Iowa native and one of Hollywood’s biggest stars.
Ashton Kutcher made a stop at Clinton’s Cedar Rapids campaign office on First Avenue NE to offer the endorsement and speak to Clinton supporters.
“I’m not really like a Democrat Democrat, I’m not really like a super liberal, but I’m definitely not a Trumper,” Kutcher said, referencing Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.
In his speech to supporters, Kutcher, who hails from Cedar Rapids, was outspoken about why he’s supporting Clinton, but more so why he’s not supporting Trump.
He said he doesn’t think Trump is a racist or other things “people try to drive and say that he is.”
“But what I think (Trump) is, is very self-centered,” he said. “In an effort to get himself elected, he’s willing to say whatever he has to and make you promises that ultimately I don’t think he can keep, but what most common sense people think is right.”
Kutcher continued by saying that someone who’s “driving racial divisiveness” and slandering others of different backgrounds “is not a person we can have being our person.”
Clinton was endorsed by the celebrity for her capabilities as a leader, he said.
“I think Hillary stands for all of the things we stand for,” Kutcher said.
Kutcher encouraged those gathered to vote, and to continue campaigning for Clinton as the Nov. 8 general election draws near.
“We need people in positions of power that are serving us, and at the same time we need to serve them,” Kutcher said.
Kutcher was joined by his wife, former “That 70s Show” co-star and Hollywood superstar Mila Kunis. The couple was in town for Saturday’s Back Porch Revival country music show at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City. Kutcher, along with former Iowa Hawkeye and NFL tight end Dallas Clark, had the idea to start an organization called The Native Fund, a non-profit aimed at helping Iowans recovering from disaster.
Saturday’s concert, featuring headliner Blake Shelton, is a fundraiser for that fund.
Kunis did not speak during the stop at Clinton headquarters in Cedar Rapids.
Also on hand were several other Democrats, including Jacob Tornholm, a candidate for 76th District seat in the Iowa House of Representatives; state Sen. Rob Hogg and Monica Vernon, a candidate for the 1st District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Vernon said as a well known Iowan, Kutcher’s endorsement “certainly doesn’t hurt” Clinton’s campaign.
“I think he’s put his star power to good work,” Vernon said. “He’s here today lending his name to campaigns that matter.”
For Hogg, bringing big names into campaign offices is the way to engage young people in the national election.
“I’m excited about this because I’m excited about seeing the young people get engaged in this campaign,” Hogg said. “We really need to make sure our young people make a plan to vote and get their friends out to vote.”
Hogg said Saturday’s event also encourages interest and engagement in local elections.
“There are a lot of races to get excited about,” he said.