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September 7th, 2012
11:01 AM ET

Will.i.am on 2012 presidential election: ‘We gotta remix America’

President Obama officially accept the Democratic Party’s nomination for a second term Thursday night at the Democratic National Convention, attempting to once again win over the nation since first sending the message of “hope” and “change” in 2008. The president’s 2008 campaign was party defined by the anthems “Yes We Can” and “It’s a New Day” written by Black Eyed Peas member will.i.am. A major proponent of the president, the musician is at the Democratic National Convention this week to once again garner the vote for Barack Obama. He talks to Soledad O’Brien on “Starting Point” about the tone of the campaign this election year.

“Today’s message should be ‘we are one,’ ‘we are united,’” he says. “We need to forge a whole new energy and American Dream.” He questions what the American dream is today, considering that it has changed since the 1940s. “We gotta remix that dream,” he says. “We gotta remix America.”

Regarding the GOP playing “I’ve Got A Feeling” by the Black Eyed Peas at the Republican National Convention, Will doesn’t oppose. “Why would I do that?” he asks O’Brien. “I practice what I preach and I don’t want to be a product of division,” he says. “It’s all for the same thing, we’re trying want to fix America. They have a different way. I have a different view. They want to support Mitt Romney. I want to support Barack Obama,” he says. “But, in hopes that it’s all for the greater good to fixing our county, that’s cool.”

NASA also recently played will.i.am’s song. The Mars rover Curiosity beamed back “Reach for the Stars” in the name of inspiring school children. He shares his thoughts on that and his work with educational reform, inspired by the documentary, “Waiting for Superman.” He helped start a Science Technology Engineering Mathematics (STEM) school in his neighborhood in East Los Angeles after he realized that Superman is “a fictitious, mythological character with tights,” who wouldn’t come to his neighborhood to change the system. “Maybe I’m supposed to be Superman,” he says he realized. “Maybe I’m supposed to go out and collaborate and connect with all the people that are doing good things and ask them to bring that to my neighborhood.”

He collaborated with College Track, U.S. First, NASA, Discovery Education, to bring a STEM skill set combined with the arts to his neighborhood to “encourage these kids and give them self esteem to dream and become entrepreneurs,” he says. He feels it’s already been successful. In his words, “starting is successful.”

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