Thursday, November 01, 2012
Election rap battle

It all started with "Ba-rack, Ba-rack Obama" and "Sarah Palin, Sarah Palin, put your flags up, put your flags up."

Greg Reese made his name by rapping about all of the presidential and vice presidential candidates four years ago. Now other iReporters have gotten in on the act by busting rhymes about both sides in the presidential race. The reasons for the videos are as varied as the many issues we've heard about during the iReport debate.

Los Angeles resident Luke Caldwell burst onto the scene back in August, for a rap video shot in the nation’s capital - a full-throated endorsement for presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

“Our country needs restoration,” he told us at the time. “I'm very interested in being pivotal in expressing it in a way the youth will find interesting.”

Then, we had an “October surprise” as Obama supporter Reese decided to continue his streak with a very energetic rap performance about Romney and his running mate, Paul Ryan.

The self-described independent from Cincinnati said, “This was a simple, silly ABC style rap that touched on some of the Romney team accomplishments. The clear message is the team is about something, not just negative things, but I would hope that voters do their research and vote for their family.”  (True to form, Reese did a rap video for Obama as well.)

On the other side of the coin, Chad Lewine from New York was convinced after seeing the polls that his fellow Obama supporters needed some encouragement, so he put together his own rap video, with a positive, pro-voting message.

“Most ‘average’ citizens don't love reading text or listening to speeches, but most of us love listening to music and watching fun videos,” he said.

“So, a melody and some lyrics popped into my head one day. I wrote them down and started working on the song. it took me about 3 weeks to make it perfect.”

One of those fellow Obama supporters, Brad Turner from Bloomington, Illinois, had a decidedly different take with his video. He wanted to reach out to undecided voters, with a song taking on the feel of a campaign rally.

“We want the viewer to see see white, black, brown, young and old people coming together to fight for the President,” he explained.

“No matter who watches it, they can see someone like them in it.”

With a few days left before the election, there’s still time to lay down a few beats for your candidate of choice if you’re up to the challenge. Upload your video here.

November 1, 2012
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Vote Romney.

November 1, 2012
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HAHA third video is typical white Obama supporter. And that is not a compliment.

November 1, 2012
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Like to see the Koch brothers do a rap song.

November 1, 2012
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The last rap is the best.

November 1, 2012
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I don't know that this qualifies as a rap.  But can't all this media stoppppp trying to put a spin on the President just doing his job and caring about people.  I am so tired of all this effort to paint this President as though he is incompetent. He just can't win! He is crucified no matter what he does.  Lighten up media and stop trying to put a spin on everything

November 1, 2012
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"He just can't win!"  ............ awwww, poor thing.  Don't worry he'll get another Nobel Peace prize to make it all better.  

November 3, 2012
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All of these videos are great reasons to vote for Gary Johnson.

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