Otago Daily Times

Campaign video released


LOS ANGELES: Rapper Kanye West yesterday released his first official campaign video in his longshot bid to be elected US president, focusing on religion and families.

West (43), who launched his campaign for the White House with erratic statements on his social media accounts in July, is on the official ballot in a handful of US states, but has no mathematic­al chance of winning.

In yesterday’s video, the musician and fashion designer asked supporters to vote for him as a writein candidate.

‘‘By turning to faith, we will be the kind of nation, the kind of people, that God intends us to be,’’ West says in the video, featuring families at prayer and nature shots.

The video was the first major bid by West to be taken seriously as a contender for the White House. He has done little campaignin­g under his selfstyled Birthday Party as concern grew over his mental health.

Some political analysts believe West’s run for office could siphon Black supporters away from Democrat Joe Biden in the election.

West has spent about $US5.8 million ($NZ8.7 million) on his campaign, according to a filing with the Federal Election Commission. — Reuters

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