NEW YORK – Latin stars Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez have officially endorsed Joe Biden for the 2020 presidential election.
The official endorsement from the power couple came in a recorded online chat with the Democratic nominee and his wife Jill Biden.
The video that runs for about five minutes was posted to the Twitter feed of the Democratic presidential candidate on Friday.
“We are thrilled and we are excited to vote,” Rodriguez told the Bidens.
“I think our voice has never been more important. We want to come together as a team to defeat COVID and to rebuild this US economy that needs us all so much,” the 45-year-old baseball star said.
Lopez appeared in the video chat from a separate location and said her priority was to unify the nation again.
“You know, getting rid of this hate. Thinking about my kids walking around in a world where, you know, it is OK to be racist or prejudiced because our administration says it is OK. That to me is really sad,” said the “If You Had My Love” singer.
The actor-singer had earlier participated in an event during the Democratic convention in which she urged participants to register and vote.
In the video, Rodriguez began addressing Bidens as “Dr. Biden and Vice President.” But the former vice president asked him not to be so formal.
“Joe is good enough man, come on,” the Democratic nominee said.
“Yeah, and Jill,” said his wife.
Rodriguez indicated that it was not about reds or blues, referring to the Republican and Democratic parties “but about leadership” of the country.
“My kind of hope and quest for the Latino community is that they start understanding their power. They understand what they mean to this country, that their vote counts.”
Lopez told Biden that the Latino community was one of the most affected by the pandemic.
“What’s the plan to contain the virus and get our communities back to work again and to bring us together again,” she asked.
Biden noted that “there is a lot we can do.”
“I know you know this, Jennifer. A Latino is three times more like to be infected by the COVID virus than a white person.”
He said there were three million unemployed and 200,000 dreamers were on the frontlines of essential workers risking their lives right now.
“That is not an exaggeration, that is a fact. One in three Latino small businesses are gone,” he said, recalling a bill passed in the House of Representatives to mitigate the crisis.
Jill Biden told the couple that she hoped the Latinos would realize their power.
“If I have the honor of being the next first lady, Latina women will have a seat at the table.”
Her husband quickly interjected. “And in the cabinet. It is real.”
The star couple do not explicitly ask the voters in the clip to vote for Joe Biden. However, the tweets posted by Rodriguez include the #VOTE, tagging both Joe and Jill Biden.
Addressing the community in Spanish, Rodriguez urged Hispanics to vote while Lopez assured that “the Latino community will determine what will happen in this election.”
There are 32 million Latinos eligible to vote in the Nov. 3 election, making them the largest minority group in the electorate.