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Molly Ringwald at USM

Posted on November 12, 2016 in News
By USM Free Press

By Julie Pike, Free Press staff

The Brat Pack star Molly Ringwald put her celebrity status to use while campaigning at USM for Hillary Clinton, the Democratic presidential candidate.

On Tuesday Sept. 13, Ringwald and other representatives of the campaign set up a voter registration table in the Brooks Dining Hall on the Gorham campus. She met and posed for photos with students and faculty, while also showing her support for Clinton.

Ringwald is best known for her roles in John Hughes’ films from the 80s, like The Breakfast Club and Sixteen Candles. The actress is also an author, singer and an avid supporter of Hillary Clinton.

Ringwald has been working for Clinton’s campaign for around a month. She wanted to support her in the election in order to ensure a good future for her kids.

“I feel like this is the most important election in my lifetime, and I want to make sure my kids have the same freedom that I was raised with,” Ringwald stated. “I feel like Hillary is the only person who can do that.”

“Hillary is qualified, she’s smart, she’s resilient and she has the experience,” Ringwald replied when asked why she chose to support Clinton in the upcoming election.

Ringwald spent the day in Portland hosting various events to show her support for Clinton. Her day began with a meet-and-greet at Arabica Coffee House in Portland.

From there, Ringwald had an interview with a radio station, as well as an in-studio interview with the news station WMTW.

The Clinton campaign sent Ringwald to Maine because of the upcoming electoral vote, which Ringwald said that could go either way.

Maine allocates two electoral votes, one to the popular vote winner, and then one each to the popular vote winner in each Congressional district, which Maine has two. This allows for multiple popular vote contests, which could lead to a split Electoral Vote.

“I wanted to make sure that the electoral vote goes to Hillary,” Ringwald stated.

In Brooks Dining Hall, Ringwald and her associates encouraged students to register and let students know that they can vote early.

“It’s important to get out there and start talking to people who might be undecided and give them information,” Ringwald said.

Currently, 90 percent of college students in Maine are in support of Hillary, which equals over 3800 students.

While Ringwald was there to support Clinton, she happily chatted with fans about her movies. However, her celebrity status and her support for Clinton did make an impact on students.

“When you see someone who is famous who claims ‘oh I’m voting for this person’ it makes you think, well maybe I should too,” commented Angela Simmons, a chemistry major from the class of 2020.

The USM Student Body President Humza Khan attended the event, to show his support for Clinton and his adoration for Ringwald.

When asked to comment on the idea of celebrities campaigning for politicians, Khan replied

“It can be a positive or negative thing,” he stated. “As you see today, a lot of students are here just to see Molly Ringwald, not necessarily for politics or to support Hillary.”

However, Khan said he felt it was appropriate for Ringwald to campaign on a college campus.

“In college this is when we have the chance to express how we feel about politics,” Khan stated.

For celebrities supporting a political campaign, it can be hard to stay focused on showing their support for politicians. For Ringwald, she was happy to meet fans regardless of who they supported.

“I find it really lovely that people in different generations are fans of my movies,” Ringwald stated. “If that makes them more open to having a conversation about the campaign, that makes me really grateful that I have that rapport with my fans.”

“I think people tend to be more open with me because they feel like they grew up with me and my movies,” Ringwald added.

Her day ended with a Hillary Happy Hour at Portland Hunt & Alpine Club on Market Street in Portland.

However, the day wasn’t all about politics For Ringwald. She shared how her day started with

“the best lobster roll I’ve ever had in my life.”

Ringwald’s visit to USM and to Portland had a positive impact on both students and the Clinton campaign.

To credit The Breakfast Club’s unforgettable song, “Don’t you forget about me,” students at USM certainly won’t forget about meeting Molly Ringwald any time soon, regardless of their political affiliation.

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