*One day after Beyonce’s ode to Michelle Obama was released, fellow singer Alicia Keys was in Philadelphia on Monday touting President Obama as part of the “Women Vote 2012 Summit” at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.
According to TheHill.com, Keys sent out a flurry of tweets during the campaign events she attended throughout the day, including the West Philly field office – which she called the “heart [and] soul of the campaign.”
Keys joined White House Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett and Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) for the event, according to the Philadelphia Tribune.
“As a mother and a daughter, I know there is too much at stake in the upcoming elections to sit on the sidelines,” Keys said in a statement. “In his three years in office, President Obama has been an advocate for us since day one — from making health care more accessible and affordable to ensuring women can fight for equal pay for an equal day’s work. He has proven that he has the people in his heart! As a new mom, I am going to do everything I can to re-elect the president because this election will determine where we go as a country and what kind of world my child will grow up in.”
*Platinum-selling guitarist Ted Nugent is not backing down from the violent, President Obama-directed speech he made at Sunday’s National Rifle Association convention, even as Democrats are calling on Mitt Romney, the GOP frontrunner whom Nugent endorsed last month, to distance himself from the rocker.
“I spoke at the NRA and I will stand by my speech. It was 100 percent positive,” Nugent told radio host Dana Loesch on Tuesday. [Scroll down to listen.]
Nugent told the crowd of convention goers that “if Barack Obama becomes the president in November, I will either be dead or in jail by this time next year.”
“If you can’t go home and get everybody in your lives to clean house in this vile, evil, America-hating administration, I don’t even know what you’re made of,” he said. The comments were caught on tape and posted online by the website Right Wing Watch.
The U.S. Secret Service today said it is looking into the incendiary remarks. “We are aware of them and we are conducting the appropriate follow-up now,” Secret Service spokesman George Ogilvie told ABC News.
Nugent also told the convention crowd that conservatives need to back Romney and “ride into that battlefield and chop their heads off in November,” referring to the Democrats, whom he called “criminals” and “coyotes” that should be shot for peeing on couches.
Continuing his defense on Loesch’s show, Nugent, who is often seen wearing a Confederate flag t-shirt, described himself as, “a black Jew at a Nazi-Klan rally,” adding that “there are some power-abusing corrupt monsters in our federal government that despise me because I have the audacity to speak the truth to identify the violations of our government, particularly Eric Holder and the president and Tim Geithner, ad nauseum.”
Nugent’s new ire came from DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s comments earlier on Tuesday.
“Mitt Romney surrogate Ted Nugent made offensive comments about President Obama and November’s elections this weekend that are despicable, deplorable and completely beyond the pale,” she said in a statement. “He called the Administration ‘vile’, ‘evil’ and ‘America-hating’, and said much worse. Yet what have we heard from Mitt Romney and the Republican Party, who should be outraged that someone representing them is using language like this to make a political point? Absolutely nothing.”
*Donna Brazile, a former adviser to President Bill Clinton and Al Gore, will fill in as interim chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee until Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida can be officially elected to the post.
Brazile, the committee’s vice chairwoman and a CNN contributor, will take over for the next two weeks, filling the void left by Chairman Tim Kaine’s resignation Tuesday as he launches a Senate bid in Virginia, according to The Washington Post.
“I have been a member of the DNC for a while now,” Brazile told CNN Wednesday. “I am familiar with the building and the party, and know where everything is. My job will be to keep the lights on, make sure people get paid, keep it running and help conduct the election.”
Under party rules, an election for a new chairman must be held at least 15 days after a candidate is chosen. Since Wasserman Schultz was picked on April 5, the vote could happen on April 20 at the earliest.