Hip-hop mogul and Def Jam founder, Russell Simmons, has announced his endorsement of Senator Barack Obama.
“Obama’s leadership, passion and demand for a change resonates effectively with the aspirations of millions of people who want a better quality of life,” stated Russell Simmons in a recent statement. “I see him as a different kind of candidate.. I see him as more of a spiritual inspiration, as much as a politician. The idea that other people are experiencing a change in themselves. I see that as an important part of the process,” added Simmons.
Previously, Russell Simmons was undecided on who to vote for in the 2008 presidential election making comments about both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.
“If you could take Barack Obama’s image, add Hillary Rodham Clinton’s money and John Edwards’ voice, that would be my candidate,” Simmons stated back on January of 2007.
Russell Simmons even somewhat criticized Senator Obama for comments comparing Don Imus’s racial spurring remarks about the Rutgers University women’s basketball team to rapper’s lyrics.
“My response to Senator Obama is that you have to talk about the poverty and ignorance that creates such a climate that the poets can talk like that,” Russell Simmons stated back in in April to ABC News. “And all the politicians owe them an education and an opportunity for a better life