Despite a steady rain, the Puerto Rican singer Jennifer Lopez performed at an outdoor “Get out the Vote” concert in Miami on Saturday night, encouraging Latino voters to show their political muscle on Nov 8 and vote for Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.
"We are at a crossroads and we must take the right path towards the future," Lopez told a packed audience of 7,500 fans at the Bayfront Park amphitheater in downtown Miami.
Latinos, who represent 16-18 percent of eligible voters in the state, could be decisive in the battle for Florida, the largest swing state with 29 electoral votes.
Towards the end of the concert Clinton took the stage and thanked Lopez, as well as her former husband, singer Marc Anthony, who also participated as a special guest.
“Florida, home to one of my favorite cities, Miami, and millions of Latinos is a pivotal state in this election. It’s time to unify, support and vote for the only choice that makes sense not only for women or for Latinos, but for all Americans,” Lopez said.
Added Anthony: “Latinos, I don’t have to go over how important the moment in history is if you are Latinos.”
“Listen to me, this is a very special time in history," he said. "After the establishment sees how we show up, how we vote, they will never mess with us again.”
When Clinton spoke, she used one of Lopez’s songs to send a message to voters. “We just heard Jennifer perform, ‘Let’s Get Loud.’ Well, I say, 'let’s get loud at the voting booth!'” she said.
"It might be a little easy to forget with all the fun and excitement and joy that you saw up on the stage today, Donald Trump is out there stoking fear, disgracing our democracy and insulting one group of Americans after another,” she went on.
“Well let me ask you this: Are we going to let Donald Trump get away with that?”
The concert provided Democrat supporters some relief from the uproar over the FBI’s investigating of the former Secretary of State’s email. On Friday FBI director James Comey issued a surprise letter saying more emails were being looked at, appearing to reopen an investigation that was closed this summer.
Matthew Tannenbaum, 33, who went to the concert with a friend and has already voted for Clinton, criticized the FBI for what he saw as a "reckless" act.
“It created confusion and gave the impression that (Clinton) did something inappropriate, when in fact he has not said or shown anything."
The Democratic candidate did not refer to the controversy in his speech on stage in Miami.