Barbra Streisand announced her endorsement of Hillary Clinton today, saying, “We truly are in a momentous time, where a woman’s potential has no limitations.”
Her announcement comes a day after Barack Obama announced that Oprah Winfrey would hit the campaign trail for him on Dec. 8 and 9.
A longtime Democratic activist, Streisand— who regularly turns out to raise money and perform for Democratic candidates — had been contributing to multiple candidates. But she has longtime ties to the Clintons, having helped raise money both for Bill Clinton in the 1990s and for Hillary Clinton’s Senate campaigns. She also campaigned for John Kerry in 2004, headlining a DNC gala (at right) at Walt Disney Concert Hall to benefit his presidential bid.
“Madame President of the United States…it’s an extraordinary thought. We truly are in a momentous time, where a woman’s potential has no limitations,” Streisand said in a statement release by the campaign. “Hillary Clinton has already proven to a generation of women that there are no limits for success. She is driven by her passion for public service and her belief in the enormous potential of our country. Smart, capable and strong in her convictions, Hillary has transcended the dictates of what is thought to be possible for our time.
“Another former first lady, Eleanor Roosevelt once wrote, ‘In government, in business, and in the professions there may be a day when women will be looked upon as persons. We are, however, far from that day as yet.’ More than 50 years later ‘that day’ is now upon us…and Hillary Clinton is ready to shatter through that glass ceiling for all women.”
Streisand has contributed to Clinton, Obama, John Edwards and Chris Dodd this year, and she’s attended fund-raisers for Clinton and Obama.
Clinton said in a statement, “I’m honored to have Barbra’s support. Barbra has used her immense talent to be an advocate for truth, justice, and fairness and I deeply appreciate her confidence in my candidacy as we work together to change the direction of our nation.”