Democrat Tom Steyer proved on Friday evening that he would dance – shake, grind and spin around for votes.
The billionaire candidate had invited rapper Juvenile to his rally on the eve of South Carolina on a university campus in Columbia.
And he joined the rapper for a spicy rendition of ‘Back That Azz Up’ on stage.
Steyer grabbed the microphone, bent his knees, and extended his buttocks to the rhythm of the 1999 hit, which taught a generation how to “drop it like it’s hot.”
Presidential candidate Tom Steyer (center) danced for votes – on the 1999 rap classic ‘Back that Azz Up’ – together with rapper Juvenile (right) and his wife Kat Taylor one night before the voters in South Carolina went to the polls
Democratically hopeful Tom Steyer (center) dances on ‘Back that Azz Up’ with rapper Juvenile (right) and wife Kat Taylor (left) during a campaign collection in Columbia, South Carolina
Youth was originally scheduled to perform earlier in the evening, but there was an audio problem that prevented him from completing his set
Originally, the special audio treat for Steyer supporters did not go exactly as planned
Juvenile had to play a set before Steyer’s speech, but the performer forbade the sound quality. “
“Come on man, you’re getting worse by the second,” the rapper complained. “I think the sound man went to the bar!”
Youth then disappeared offstage, with gospel crooner Yolanda Adams who soon took his place.
He promised he would return when the audio problem was solved.
The Steyer campaign had put together a line-up from Juvenile, Adams and DJ Jazzy Jeff for the event, which took place one day before the voters in South Carolina went to the polls.
The meeting took place at Allen University, a private, historically black university in the state capital of South Carolina.
Before entering the gynasium, where two stages were set up for music and speeches, visitors were treated to a full bite spread, complete with mashed potatoes – an unusual site during a free campaign event, where funds – and food – are usually scarce.
The event started with host Bianca Chardei, an ‘America’s Next Top Model’ alumna, who pitched for Steyer and then tried to keep the audience busy while the Juvenile team tried to make the sound work as desired.
She had those present show off their best catwalks while the audience waited for the rapper to finish.
As soon as it became clear that Juvenile would not perform until after the headliner – Steyer – attention went to the second phase for introductions by his daughter and then his wife.
Instead of Steyer’s wife, Kat Taylor, she spoke to the audience and stayed with the musical theme. She started singing, holding her smartphone and reading the texts, which mentioned “repairs” and other policy proposals that the candidate supports.
When it was Steyer’s turn, he spoke of falling in love with the people in South Carolina – although he joked that he had only met the Democrats.
Before showing his dance steps, Tom Steyer spoke briefly with a crowd of supporters at Allen University, a private, historically black university in the state capital of South Carolina
Tom Steyer spent much of his speech on the injustice he had seen during his campaign in the state of Palmetto
A crowd at Tom Steyer’s Get Out the Vote gathering in Columbia, South Carolina dances to a Beyonce number before the festivities started
Steyer spent most of his 11-minute remarks about injustice – along racial and income lines – that he saw during campaigns in South Carolina and promised to improve things for red-state residents.
He decided by saying that he would win the state.
Real Clear Politics’ polling average places Steyer – who has never held a political office – in third place in the state behind Joe Biden, the former vice president, and Bernie Sanders, the current senator from Vermont.
Pete Buttigieg, the former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, followed in close fourth place.
During the last Buttigieg election meeting, also held in Columbia, he drew 1,015 people to a town hall according to his campaign.
That is in comparison with the hundreds that Steyer finished at Allen University.
But the Steyer crowd got stuck – almost three hours after the event started – to hear Juvenile perform.
He then gave Steyer his official approval surrounded by reporters backstage.
“He represents my people from day one,” said the rapper.
“What I found in South Carolina is not just talent,” Steyer agreed, gesturing at Juvenile. “Not just my dances,” he joked
“But I found a huge heart here,” the candidate added. “It’s time for a big old change here,” Steyer threw.