Grammy-Award winning singer-songwriter John Mellencamp has announced his support for Democratic candidate Mike Bloomberg.
The Farm Aid co-founder appears in a new television ad for Bloomberg’s campaign which was released Tuesday and is airing in 23 states. The spot uses Mellencamp’s song “Small Town” to highlight Bloomberg’s commitment to revitalizing rural communities across America.
“The stakes are too high to not nominate the candidate who will take the fight directly to Trump,” said John Mellencamp in a statement. “From small towns to big cities, Mike Bloomberg has the experience to represent all Americans. He’s a job creator, philanthropist and true public servant, and I am confident that, as president, he will restore America to a place we can be proud of once again.”
“John Mellencamp is one of the great voices of the American heartland — and the American experience that binds us together,” said Mike Bloomberg. “His words and music have inspired generations, and his activism — from co-founding Farm Aid to fighting hunger and homelessness among veterans — represents America at its best. We had the opportunity to get to know one another through the film, ‘From the Ashes.’ He contributed a powerful song to the soundtrack, and the film raised awareness about the tragic toll that coal mining takes on local communities. He’s an American treasure, and I couldn’t be more honored to accept his support.”
You can watch the “Small Town” video ad below.
John Mellencamp founded Farm Aid in 1985 with Willie Nelson and Neil Young in an effort to raise money and awareness for family farms that struggle to keep their land. Over the last 35 years, the festival has raised $57 million for the cause.