Politicians are using “Back to the Future” Day to do what they do best: campaign.
GOP presidential candidates Marco Rubio and Carly Fiorina have both released campaign videos this week with “Back to the Future” themes.
Rubio’s video says the present time is more of a “blast from the past,” than the future. It shows a clip of Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton at the Democratic debate earlier this month saying, “There a lot that I would like to do to build on the successes of President Obama, but also as I am laying out, to go beyond.”
The video flashes text while Clinton is speaking, which includes phrases like: “Massive Tax Increases,” and “HillaryCare.” It then jumps to past footage of Clinton and a shot of a then-Senator Joe Biden announcing his candidacy for the 1988 presidential election.
The video ends with Rubio saying, “Yesterday is over, and we are never going back,” and gives viewers the options to subscribe or donate to Rubio’s campaign. The Florida Republican has repeatedly championed his youth and freshness as cornerstones of his candidacy.
Fiorina’s video, “Doc Brown needs your help,” is narrated by a voice that sounds similar to the popular scientist character played by Christopher Lloyd in the “Back to the Future” trilogy. The narrator says Oct. 21, 2015 is “the date that people can start changing the future,” and encourages viewers to go to the website, 102115.com, to help him (really Fiorina) do just that.
The website features the video and a place for people to sign up for “future transmissions.”
In the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, Rubio holds on to his third place position behind GOP front-runners Donald Trump and Dr. Ben Carson with 13% of support from Republican primary voters. Fiorina has dropped down to sixth place with 7%.
Meanwhile, the White House has also organized a “Back to the Future” themed conversations with technology experts and scientists to discuss what 2045 will look like. The conversations will focus on time travel, autonomous vehicles, women in STEM and the human brain, and they will be held on Google+ Hangout and Twitter throughout the day.
Anyone can participate in the Twitter conversations, and the Google+ Hangouts will be shown live on the White House website. There is an opportunity for people to submit their predictions for 2045 on the website, as well.