Cyndi Lauper: Hillary Clinton was born for this moment

Story highlights

  • Cyndi Lauper: Hillary Clinton has worked passionately and successfully in public service for decades
  • She says election boils down to kind of America we want: inclusive and just for all
  • Lauper: Clinton's Supreme Court picks will be key to that

Cyndi Lauper is a Grammy, Emmy, and Tony Award winning artist, and a longtime advocate for women's and LGBT equality. She appeared in 2010 on "The Celebrity Apprentice." She is a surrogate for the Clinton campaign. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.

(CNN)I would like to discuss this election season.

Let's set aside that Hillary Clinton is the first woman ever to win her party's nomination for president on a Democratic or Republican ticket. That is hard for me to do, since the realization that the first vote I ever cast for president of the United States was for Shirley Chisholm — 44 years ago — reminds me of how long it's taken for women to get to this moment. But, let's set that aside, too.
Cyndi Lauper
Hillary Clinton has worked passionately, doggedly and relentlessly over her political career to get health care for the children and the disabled in this country who wouldn't have had health care otherwise. And, when she was a senator from New York, she fought to provide health benefits for the first responders on 9/11. That's just the start of it. She has fought for women's civil rights and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights.
    She's done a ton more in her 40 years of public service and experience, including working on both sides of the aisle to make things happen for us. But, let's just set all that aside for a moment.
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    What does this election boil down to? I think it boils down to America. It's about people living in poverty. It's about Black Lives Matter. It's about immigrant families being treated like human beings. I think it's about tolerance for all people of all religions, even those who do not believe. It's about LGBT people being able to be who they are and thrive. It's about women's equality, dignity and respect. And, I think it's about our Earth's future.
    So who will protect all this? In my mind the Supreme Court will. And who will appoint the next Supreme Court justices? The next president of the United States will. With all the gridlock in Washington, perhaps the most important thing the next president will do is appoint Supreme Court justices. We have a vacancy now and are likely to have others during the next president's term.

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    Now, remember when I asked you to set all that stuff about Clinton aside? Don't. Please remember all of it when you vote.
    I think Hillary Clinton was born for this moment, to make the choices that are going to best lead our country through this time. To be clear, I am proud that Hillary Clinton is the first woman to be nominated by her party for president of The United States. But that is not why I am voting for her. I am voting for Hillary Clinton because she is the best person for the job.