iStock/Thinkstock(HENNIKER, N.H.) -- Hillary Clinton on Saturday blasted the “huge double standard” she feels she faces as a woman running for president.
“There is a much greater burden on women running for political office...there is still a huge double standard,” Clinton told a voter in a town hall at the New England College who asked about the perception that she is “drilled” and “rehearsed.”
The Democratic presidential candidate mentioned a blog post a friend sent to her about a Bernie Sanders supporter who likes the Vermont Senator because he yells a lot and has messy hair.
"My friend said, ‘Boy that would really work for any woman running,’” Clinton retorted sarcastically.
In a moment of self-reflection, Clinton -— who is currently trailing Sanders by double-digits in New Hampshire -— then acknowledged that she can sometimes come across as “a little more restrained, a little more careful.”
“I am who I am,” she said. "I can't do some kind of personality transformation...I have to be true to myself."
ABC News(MANCHESTER, N.H.) -- Everything is on the line Saturday night as Republican presidential candidates prepare to hash it out on stage for the first time since the Iowa caucuses -– and for the last time before Tuesday’s New Hampshire primary.
This debate, hosted by ABC News and held at St. Anselm College, will offer Donald Trump, Sen. Ted Cruz, Sen. Marco Rubio, Dr. Ben Carson, former Gov. Jeb Bush, Gov. Chris Christie and Gov. John Kasich a chance to make their pitches to voters of the Granite State.
Here are the five things to watch for in Saturday night’s debate:
1. Rubio Rising
After a strong third place finish in Iowa, all eyes will turn to the GOP contender who is rising in the polls: Marco Rubio.
The Florida senator hasn’t been the main target in previous debates -- that honor has mostly gone to Cruz and Trump -- but he’s likely to have a bull’s-eye on his back Saturday. Still, Rubio hasn’t yet carved out a clear path to winning an early state, and he needs a strong debate performance to even approach Trump’s support in the Granite State.
2. Trump Unleashed
Right before the Iowa caucuses, Donald Trump bragged that he was beating Texas Sen. Ted Cruz in every major poll. However, the Cruz campaign’s strong ground game and old-fashioned campaigning outmaneuvered the business mogul’s savvy media presence and outmatched and the attendance at his rallies.
At Saturday night’s debate, expect Trump to take the gloves off. In particular, Trump has already demonstrated his willingness to take on Cruz for his campaign’s role in spreading rumors that Dr. Ben Carson was dropping out of the presidential race.
3. Governors’ Last Stand
Between Jeb Bush, John Kasich and Chris Christie, there is probably only one ticket out of the Granite State and all three are keeping their eyes on the prize.
Kasich and Bush are in a dead heat in New Hampshire with eight percent support in recent polls. Christie trails at five percent, according to a UMass Lowell poll released Friday.
At a campaign stop in Claremont, New Hampshire this week, Kasich told a crowd of supporters if he gets “smoked” in the primaries he will likely quit the race.
Meanwhile, in an appearance on Good Morning America, Christie said he will “keep working” regardless of the outcome of the primaries.
4. Ted’s Take
We’re not in Iowa anymore. Yes, Cruz got a big win in the Hawkeye State, but will he have appeal in the Granite State? Already polls show signs of slippage.
With Trump ahead at 34 percent in the latest UMass-Lowell tracking poll and Rubio on the rise with 15 percent, Cruz has fallen one point behind to 14 percent -- taking third place.
But more than four in ten GOP voters in the Granite State haven’t made up their minds, according to the poll. 5. Keeping Up With Carson
The doctor is in, and he’s not pleased.
In the days since Iowa, the Carson campaign has accused the Cruz campaign of “dirty tricks” to dampen his support in the caucuses. The former neurosurgeon even held a hastily-arranged news conference in Washington, DC earlier this week to make his case. Carson will almost certainly not miss an opportunity to bring this up Saturday night.
And, of course, we’ll be watching for those freshly-laundered clothes.
ABC News(MANCHESTER, N.H.) -- Ahead of Tuesday’s New Hampshire primary, the presidential candidates have been barnstorming the Granite State, meeting as many voters as possible.
From town halls to forums and everywhere in between, here are five of the oddest questions candidates have been asked while they were campaigning and how they answered:
Who would you like to have a beer with?
At a event in Manchester on Nov. 4, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio got some light-hearted questions, including who he’d like to grab a beer with.
His answer: Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Marino; chess champion Garry Kasparov, and 18-year-old activist Malala Yousafzai (who isn't old enough to drink in the U.S.).
“She’s put a lot of work into an 18 years of life,” Rubio said.
“I think she’s a really fascinating story," he added of Yousafazi. "And that courage that she’s taken and speak out on global issues, especially impacting young girls. So someone I have never met before."
If you could go back in time…
Aboard Jeb Bush’s campaign bus that was driving through New Hampshire, the Huffington Post asked Bush what was the funniest or most bizarre email he’s received.
“If you could go back in time and kill baby Hitler, would you? I need to know," Bush said quoting the email.
The Huffington Post then posed the question to Bush.
Bush’s answer: “Hell yeah, I would!”
“Even if he was really cute?” the Huffington Post asked.
“Look you gotta step up, man,” Bush said.
Who is your favorite Star Wars character?
The release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens led to some unorthodox inquiries.
During a campaign stop at St. Anselm College in November, Rubio was asked which Star Wars character he identified with as a kid.
“I used to hate Darth Vader. Now, I kind of feel a little bit sorry for him because I know what he went through to get to that point,” Rubio said of the iconic villain. “He’s probably the most fascinating character in the whole movie, because it started out as this individual with a tremendous amount of talent and promise, then something went wrong.
“So now I am torn, do I still hate Darth Vader? I don’t know.”
At a Manchester town hall in January, Ted Cruz got a slightly different question: Would he join the Jedi force against Citizens United?
A huge self-proclaimed Star Wars fan, Cruz accepted the lightsaber he was handed, but ultimately turned down joining the attendee’s cause, fighting against corporate campaign funding.
"I believe in the American people and Democracy and the more you silence citizens, the more the Empire and the Death Star and the power of government gets stronger because you’re silencing citizens," Cruz said in defense of the court decision.
Cruz did admit the question was off-beat: “Well I will say that may win the prize for the most unique question I have gotten on the campaign trail.” If you become president…
Arguably not as strange as it is ambitious, one woman at Trump’s campaign rallies in Windham, New Hampshire asked the Republican candidate if she could attend his inauguration.
“I’m gonna ask you the question my sister asked in 1984 to Ronald Reagan. Her question was, ‘When you win the election can I go to the inauguration?’” the lady said.
Trump seemed amused: “So, let me ask you what did Ronald Reagan say?”
“But of course. Give your personal information to the guy over there,” the woman recalled.
Trump was surprised and asked if the woman’s sister attended Reagan’s inauguration, to which the woman answered that her sister did.
“Alright, then I’ll give the same exact answer that Ronald Reagan gave,” Trump said to applause. “That’s a very expensive question.”
ABC News(MANCHESTER, N.H.) -- Speaking at a Democratic dinner in Manchester on Friday night, Hillary Clinton acknowledged the deficit she faces in the polls ahead of next week's first in the nation primary.
Accepting that "fact," Clinton said she is on a mission to gain young supporters. "I want to take a minute right now to speak to all the young people who are here," she said, "whether they are supporting me or whether they are supporting Senator Sanders."
"Now, of course I still hope to persuade those who are supporting Senator Sanders to give me another look," she continued, "but I want you to know that I am truly glad that you re involved in this process and in the Democratic party."
She thanked the youth of New Hampshire for "bringing energy, ideas and urgency to our shared causes."
She also harkened back to her 1968 trip to New Hampshire to campaign for presidential candidate Gene McCarthy, an her experience working around the country to "expose racism in the schools" in Alabama, register Latino voters in southern Texas, and her move to Arkansas to work with her now-husband Bill Clinton.
"I know that a lot of voters are still shopping," Clinton acknowledged. "You may have a favorite, but this is New Hampshire. Everyone takes a second look. Maybe even a third or fourth look."
"I hope you will give one of those looks to me in the next couple of days."
Clinton had rebuffed the idea that she should skip the Granite State due to her big deficit in the polls. Earlier in the week, she said that she simply couldn't imagine not campaigning in the state.
Ted Cruz (L): ABC News; Marco Rubio (C): ABC/Donna Svennevik; Jeb Bush (R): ABC News(MANCHESTER, N.H.) -- Ever wonder how the Republican presidential candidates prepare for a debate?
As Donald Trump, Sen. Ted Cruz, Sen. Marco Rubio, Ben Carson, former Gov. Jeb Bush, Gov. Chris Christie and Gov. John Kasich gear up for Saturday night's GOP debate in Manchester, New Hampshire, the presidential hopefuls revealed some of their pre-debate rituals.
Cruz said he plays "Plants vs. Zombies" on his iPhone with his two daughters while Rubio asked Siri for help -- wondering what questions ABC News' David Muir may ask him.
Bush said he calls his mother, Barbara Bush, for advice.
The debate will be moderated by World News Tonight anchor David Muir and Chief Global Affairs Correspondent and co-anchor of This Week with George Stephanopoulos Martha Raddatz. Coverage begins at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.
ABC News will be hosting the debate with the Independent Journal Review, and in partnership with the Republican National Committee. Additional questions will come from WMUR political director Josh McElveen and conservative journalist Mary Katharine Ham.
ABC News(CONCORD, N.H.) -- The first New Hampshire primary was held on March 14, 1916, and on Tuesday the Granite State will celebrate the 100th anniversary of its nominating contest.
The New Hampshire primary has long been the second major testing ground for candidates following the Iowa caucuses.
So who has the best track record of predicting presidents? Let’s take a look at the contests since 1976.
New Hampshire Republicans may not have a crystal ball, but they hold a slightly better track record than their Democratic counterparts.
Since 1976, New Hampshire has given the nod to five candidates who eventually went on to win their party’s nomination out of the seven contests in that period. Two of those have gone on to become president: Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush.
On the Democratic side, New Hampshirites have given a first-place finish to five eventual nominees out of eight contests, but just one became president: Jimmy Carter in 1976.
Former President Bill Clinton was dubbed "The Comeback Kid," after his second-place finish in the Granite State in 1992. Despite his loss, he became the first candidate to win the Presidency in the last 40 years to lose both Iowa and New Hampshire.
Sean Gallup/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- In his weekly address, President Obama discussed climate change and his budget proposal to double funding for clean energy research.
He also hit Republicans in Congress who he says are "still considering their position on climate change.”
“The point is, all across the country, folks are putting their differences aside to face this challenge as one,” President Obama said. “Washington should do the same. That’s how we’re going to solve this challenge – together. And that’s how we’re going to give our kids and grandkids the future they deserve – one with a safe, secure, and prosperous planet.”
Read the full president's address:
Hi everybody. One of the things that makes America great is our passion for innovation – that spirit of discovery and entrepreneurship that helps us meet any challenge.
One of the greatest challenges of our time is climate change. Over the last seven years, we’ve made historic investments in clean energy that helped private sector companies create tens of thousands of good jobs. And today, clean power from the wind or the sun is actually cheaper in many communities than dirtier, conventional power. It’s helped grow our economy and cut our total carbon pollution more than any other country on earth.
That leadership helped bring nearly 200 nations together in Paris around the most ambitious climate agreement in history. And in Paris, we also launched one of the most important partnerships ever assembled to accelerate this kind of clean energy innovation around the world. Investors and business leaders including Bill Gates, Meg Whitman, and Mark Zuckerberg joined us, pledging their own money to help advance new technologies to the market.
That’s important because we’ll only meet this challenge if the private sector helps lead the way.
As I said in my State of the Union address, rather than subsidize the past, we should invest in the future. That’s why the budget I will send to Congress this Tuesday will double funding for clean energy research and development by 2020. This will include new investments to help the private sector create more jobs faster, lower the cost of clean energy faster, and help clean, renewable power outcompete dirty fuels in every state.
And while Republicans in Congress are still considering their position on climate change, many of them realize that clean energy is an incredible source of good-paying jobs for their constituents. That’s why we were able to boost clean energy research and development in last year’s budget agreement. And I hope they support my plan to double that kind of investment.
Because it’s making a difference across the country. In Idaho, our Battery Test Center is helping electric cars run longer on a single charge. In Ohio, entrepreneurs are pioneering new ways to harness wind power from the Great Lakes. In Tennessee, researchers are partnering with utilities to boost storage and solar power to create a more resilient electric grid.
The point is, all across the country, folks are putting their differences aside to face this challenge as one. Washington should do the same. That’s how we’re going to solve this challenge – together. And that’s how we’re going to give our kids and grandkids the future they deserve – one with a safe, secure, and prosperous planet.
Al Drago/CQ Roll Call via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- New York Rep. John Katko delivered this week's Republican address, talking about visa waiver laws.
Katko called out President Obama's administration for "carving loopholes into the law."
"Last month, the administration announced that it would grant waivers to people engaged in journalism, humanitarian work, or, for people traveling to Iraq or Iran, 'legitimate business-related purposes,'" he said. "These waivers have no basis in law. In fact, members of Congress explicitly rejected this idea when negotiating the bill with the administration."
The congressman also said now was "not a time to start lowering our guard. And we should not put Iran's feelings before America's security interests."
Read the full Republican's address:
In today’s interconnected world, hundreds of thousands of people enter and leave our country every day. One of the greatest security challenges we face is eliminating vulnerabilities in our visa system so terrorists can’t slip into our country.
In December, we passed a law to tighten the rules of our Visa Waiver Program so terrorists could not use it to come to the United States. The program allows people from certain countries to come here for up to 90 days without a visa. This is to make it easier for tourists and businesspeople from friendly countries like Canada and Britain to come here. And on the whole, the program works very well.
But ISIS has been recruiting people from these very same countries. So as a precaution, we added a new rule: If you have traveled to a country with significant terrorist activity—like Iraq, Iran, or Sudan—any time after 2011, you are not eligible for the program and must apply for a visa. We negotiated this requirement with the administration, and the president signed it into law.
Unfortunately, the administration is now carving loopholes into the law. Last month, the administration announced that it would grant waivers to people engaged in journalism, humanitarian work, or, for people traveling to Iraq or Iran, “legitimate business-related purposes.” These waivers have no basis in law. In fact, members of Congress explicitly rejected this idea when negotiating the bill with the administration. The bill we passed allows the secretary of Homeland Security to offer waivers for “law enforcement” or “national security” reasons only. But it is not at all clear how granting a waiver to a New York Times reporter is in our “law enforcement” or "national security" interests.
That’s why Congress is pressing this administration for a full report on who exactly are getting these waivers. We expect, at a minimum, the name and nationality of each traveler; the explicit, detailed national security or law enforcement justification for granting the waiver; and the number of people who are asking for and using these waivers in each category.
I am a former federal prosecutor, and I can tell you a law is only as good as how you enforce it. This is not a time to start lowering our guard. And we should not put Iran’s feelings before America’s security interests. This law is a common sense measure we need to keep us safe, and we House Republicans will do all we can to make sure the administration enforces it in full. Thank you.
Andrew Burton/Getty Images(MANCHESTER, N.H.) -- After skipping the most recent Republican presidential debate ahead of the Iowa caucuses, Donald Trump is back in the saddle for ABC News' forum Saturday evening, saying he expects it to be an "incredible evening."
"So many things to say, so much at stake," Trump tweeted Friday.
Trump is set to duke it out with the six other GOP candidates who have been extended an invitation to the debate, hosted by ABC News and the Independent Journal Review in Manchester, New Hampshire. The GOP hopefuls will offer their final pitches in the Granite State ahead of Tuesday’s primaries.
I very much look forward to tomorrow’s debate in New Hampshire—so many things to say, so much at stake. It will be an incredible evening!
Joe Raedle/Getty Images(MANCHESTER, N.H.) -- Sarah Palin, Wayne Newton, Hulk Hogan: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump enjoys the support of all of them.
And earlier this week, the billionaire real estate mogul picked up another high-profile endorsement when Scott Brown, the former Massachusetts senator and New Hampshire transplant, joined the Trump cabal.
Brown served in the U.S. Senate for three years lost his shot at re-election in 2012 to Elizabeth Warren. So, he changed addresses and moved to New Hampshire to try to snatch the seat of incumbent Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen in 2014. He lost, again.
Despite his shaky electoral track record, Brown has unmistakable influence in the Granite State, having hosted a “No BS Backyard BBQ” series featuring several of the GOP presidential candidates, including Trump. At a Tuesday rally in Milford, New Hampshire, Brown announced he was going all-in for The Donald.
"Everybody wanted his endorsement and I'm very honored that he's giving it to me,” Trump said.
With the New Hampshire primary just days away, ABC News caught up with Brown. Below is an edited Q&A with the former senator-turned-Trump backer:
ABC News: When you hosted Donald Trump at one of your “No BS Backyard Barbecues” in January, he attracted your biggest crowd. Were you immediately won over?
Brown: We’ve had all 10 of the 12 major candidates come to the barbecue and it’s been a fascinating process listening and learning. I know all of the candidates and I respect the hell out of each and every one of them. But I didn’t decide then. I wanted to see Ted Cruz come, which he did, and he did a wonderful job, as well. But the thing that kept coming back to me is that I wanted a change agent, someone who could actually go down to Washington, is not beholden to anybody. The second thing is, I think he has the best experience when it comes to job creation. Trump has access to incredibly gifted people who can come up with different solutions. I know he’ll surround himself with people who want to do it for the flag. But, no disrespect to any of the other candidates because I truly love them. Chris and Marco? I love them like brothers from another mother.
ABC News: Voters in the Granite State take their state’s motto, “live free or die,” seriously. Is Trump speaking their language?
Brown: Absolutely, yeah. We did an event the other night with 5,000 people there and probably a couple thousand who couldn’t get in. The energy was really off the charts and I was pleasantly surprised. These are salt of the earth, hardcore activists, who have checked out of the process because they’ve been so frustrated with the business-as-usual gridlock. Trump’s tapped into that nerve. Admittedly, Trump had a below-average ground game in Iowa, but don't forget he's only been doing this six months. He's still learning. He's like a sponge; he'll take it in and figure out what went wrong, analyze it and fix it.
ABC News: A lot of people say the reason why Trump is doing so well in the polls is that he’s tapped into the anger of Americans. Do you see his as an angry candidacy?
Brown: No, he’s tapping into the same energy that Bernie’s tapping into on the other side. I find it amusing that Bernie can do that because he’s been in the Senate forever. He was a backbencher when he had the opportunity to be a leader. But I do respect Bernie in that he’s saying what he believes and he’s not listening to the polls. He really believes this stuff. I don’t, but he does, and that’s cool; unlike Hillary who is just all over the place, trying to go left of everybody.
ABC News: Marco Rubio crept up on Trump in Iowa and now he’s starting to creep up in the polls in New Hampshire. Should Team Trump be worried about Rubio’s rise?
Brown: Marco is a great guy, he’s a great candidate and he’s a dear friend. I’m very close with him and I wish him well. This process is a long, long process. And ultimately, who knows? They may join forces down the road. But that being said, Marco is a politician. Donald’s been doing this for six months. He’s not a politician and he’s up against seasoned pros. People keep forgetting that. They listen to the bravado. They listen to the talking. But they don’t really remember that Trump’s self-funding and that he’s new at this.
ABC News: In your endorsement speech for Trump, you complained that the Obama administration is shrinking the military and neglecting veterans. If you were advising President Trump, what would you tell him to do about it?
I served for 35 years, the last four were in the Pentagon, and I was on the Armed Services and Veterans Committee. I hope I can play a very major role in untying the hands of our generals and re-establishing trust within the ranks, giving them tools and resources, eliminating a lot of the fraud and waste, and getting transfer authority within the budget so you can actually move monies around. The president did that for the FAA but he didn’t allow it for the military. That’s why they’re in so much trouble.
ABC News: You’re currently coaching a seventh-grade basketball team. Any advice you give your kids on the court you'd want to share with Trump?
Brown: There’s a tremendous amount of sports analogies you can use between athletics and politics. When my candidate friends call, the advice I give them all is just be yourself. Stand on your beliefs and you’re going to live and die by those beliefs. You can’t keep changing stripes and you can’t be somebody that you’re not. And I tell the kids, “If you’re a shooter, shoot,” and “if you’re a great passer, pass.” We’ll improve on the other areas as we go along and learn and grow and learn and grow.
ABC News: Trump mentions how much he loves his friend Tom Brady. You're a fan, too. Do you think there's any chance he'll endorse Trump? Also: Broncos or Panthers?
Brown: You’d have to speak to Tom. But Patriots first. I like Peyton Manning and I always have. I think he’s a real competitor but I also love the Panthers and Cam is just an unbelievable athlete so I’m just going to enjoy the game and have some beers and relax.
ABC News: Did you know that you and Melania Trump have something in common? You’ve both had almost-nude photos published. (Her in GQ and you in an infamous Cosmopolitan spread).
Brown: Infamous? Come on, it’s a very nice spread. My mother and grandmother loved it. I wish I still looked like that. That was 1982.
ABC News: Trump recently criticized Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly for her own racy magazine photos. Fair game?
Brown: The Democrats have tried to use that photo against me 30 times in my career, easily. They dropped off postcards at people’s houses with that photo. It’s part of who I am. It’s part of who we are as people. We all have strengths and flaws. I’m not ashamed of it because I never would have met my wife and I never would have had these amazing kids. So I’m cool with it. It just depends on who you are, whether it bugs you or not. It doesn’t bug me at all.
ABC News: Would you want Trump to consider you as a potential running mate?
Brown: Nah, that’s never going to happen. It’s like sitting around at a bar and talking about who’s going to win the World Series next year. I’m going to help wherever anybody wants me to help, and if he’s the nominee I’m going to help him. And if he’s not, I’m going to help whoever our nominee is.
ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Hillary Clinton’s strong national lead over Bernie Sanders is essentially gone and, instead, the Democratic race is incredibly close, according to a national Quinnipiac poll released on Friday.
Clinton received 44 percent of support while Sanders can boast about 42 percent, his highest support in any national poll to date.
The former secretary of state's 31-point lead over the Vermont senator in December has fallen to only two points.
This new poll was conducted after the Iowa caucuses, when the polls were too close to call Monday night but, finally, Clinton eked out a win over Sanders.
The last Quinnipiac poll released on Dec. 21 showed Clinton with a whopping 31-point lead over Sanders, 61 to 30.
For the Republicans, despite losing the Iowa caucuses, Trump still holds his lead over the rest of the pack nationally with 31 percent.
After that, Ted Cruz has 22 percent, while Marco Rubio earned 19 percent. Ben Carson trails with 6 percent and the rest of the field, including Jeb Bush, falls at 3 percent or lower.
The poll also shows that if the general election came down to Clinton and Rubio, voters said they would vote for Rubio over Clinton, 48 to 41 percent.
Both Clinton and Sanders would beat Donald Trump, according to the poll. Clinton beats Trump, 46 to 41 percent, but in a Sanders-Trump matchup, Sanders tops Trump, 49 to 39 percent.
ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Donald Trump says he will now attend Fox News’ March 3 debate moderated by Megyn Kelly despite last week’s boycott.
“I’ll be there, I have no objection to being there,” Trump told NewsMax’s Steve Malzberg. "That had nothing to do with Megyn Kelly, it had to with the memo sent out by Fox that was a little taunting."
Kelly said on ABC News' Good Morning America Friday that Trump had not yet committed to participating in the March debate, but that she hoped he would.
“I think he will be. He hasn't committed but he will show up at that one, which is great because Brett, Chris and I will be moderating it. And we will just move our Trump questions from the last debate over to this debate. And I’ll finally get a chance to ask him,” said Kelly.
Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama will want to pack his dancing shoes for his trip to California next week, as he is set to make a special in-studio appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
The announcement was sent out through DeGeneres' Twitter account, including a joke that the president would be participating in a game of "Never Have I Ever" with the host.
Confirmed! President @BarackObama is on my show next Friday! And he’s gonna play “Never Have I Ever"! That part is uncomfirmed.
The taped appearance will be the first time a sitting president appears in studio on the show. Obama was last interviewed in 2014 by Ellen DeGeneres in a two-way camera interview from the White House, where he promoted enrollment in the Affordable Care Act and joked about how DeGeneres broke his "retweet" record.
But his 2007 appearance on the show as he was campaigning for president was arguably the most playful -- as he entered the studio dancing to Beyoncé’s "Crazy in Love."
His wife, first lady Michelle Obama, followed up with a dance-filled performance of Bruno Mars’ "Uptown Funk" in March of last year to highlight her "Let's Move" fitness campaign.
Heather Wines/CBS(WASHINGTON) -- This Valentine's Day, there's no one for Alicia Keys but House Speaker Paul Ryan.
The R&B singer and songwriter released a video message to the 46-year-old House speaker earlier this week, promising to be his Valentine in exchange for a vote on criminal justice reform in the House this year.
"I recently saw a picture of you working out, and I was like, 'Mmmmm,'" she says in the video. "I never saw the speaker of the House working out before. He must be cool."
Keys asks Ryan to "show me how cool you are" and "help me spread some love" by bringing criminal justice reform measures to a vote before President Obama leaves office.
"Can you do that Paul? I know you can," Keys says.
Keys then shows her Valentine's Day card for Ryan ("You Have a Heart of Gold," it reads) and calls on supporters to send the Wisconsin Republican cards of their own through the website "We Are Here Movement," a social justice group she founded in 2014.
"Help bring justice reform to a vote so we can keep families together and reunite those that have been torn apart by excessive incarceration instead of just getting the help they needed," she continues.
Asked about the video in a Fox News interview Wednesday, Ryan said he was surprised Keys knew who he was.
In a news conference Thursday, he said he supports a series of bipartisan criminal justice reform bills that have passed through the House Judiciary Committee, but didn't have a timetable for their vote on the floor.
A spokesperson for Ryan's office did not say whether Ryan's office had received any cards from Keys or her group.