Who would U2’s Bono vote for in this election? Surprisingly not necessarily Barack Obama
Dubliner talks to Irish Voice about 2012 Presidential Election, poverty, Africa and Irish immigrants
What would Bono do?
Earlier this year, as part of the celebrations for the Irish Voice newspaper’s 25th anniversary, U2 frontman Bono spoke to the Irish Voice paper’s editor on a multitude of topics, from his personal life and music to charity and politics.
During the interview the music legend told the Irish Voice that he was impressed with the Democrat candidate Barack Obama. The pair have met on several occasions, and U2 even played at President Obama’s inauguration ceremony in 2008.
However Bono doesn’t endorse political candidates per se. He looks at their track records when it comes to African debt relief, and if they’re committed to spending money for things like AIDS prevention and poverty elimination. If he approves then he’ll be on board.
During his current term President Obama has made a commitment to lift Africans out of poverty. Speaking about working with President Obama Bono said “It’s interesting that his approach is in partnerships.
He added that lots of countries in Africa have ideas on how to get their agriculture more efficient, how to help farmers, so he has a very interesting angle on that.
“The U.S. should be proud, extremely proud. You’ve led the world in the fight against HIV/AIDS, and it’s really a monumental achievement – 6.6 million people are alive thanks in large part to American investments and leadership.”
The Dublin musician admits that the race for the White House this year is “interesting”.
He said “The ONE campaign [the movement Bono co-founded to fight poverty and disease] is probably the only thing that the two sides of the aisle agree on.”
This year Bono met with a bipartisan group of senators in Ghana. They were visiting to see exactly how the US funds were being used.
“These are tough senators. Senator Lindsey Graham, tough guy, asking hard questions about where taxpayer money was going to be spent. And that’s great. The conviction that he could come with, that he had been fighting for these people.”
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