By Geneva Sands - 06/06/12 06:17 PM EDT
The band preformed a free concert for Obama volunteers at Cleveland's House of Blues, jamming in front of an electronic "Obama/Biden" sign. The recorded event was produced into a Web video that the Obama team released on YouTube Wednesday.
"I would just like to say, that I completely support our president," said frontman Anthony Kiedis during the performance.
"Not only am I the president's campaign manager, I'm also a huge Chili Peppers fan. They're here because they care about their country and they want to win this election," said Jim Messina on stage.
Ohio is one of twelve key swing states that will be crucial in determining the outcome of the 2012 presidential election. Obama won Ohio by 5 percent in 2008, but the state voted for George W. Bush in 2000 and 2004.
"The way Ohio goes is usually how the presidential elections go. The task we have as volunteers is to make sure that every single one of the president's supporters gets out and votes," says a man interviewed in the video.
Republicans have accused Obama of being more focused on associating with celebrities and being distracted from managing the economy.
Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Reince Priebus called Obama the “celebrity in chief” following a fundraiser the president held at actor George Clooney's house last month.
“While he’s noshing with notables, courting celebrities and soliciting stars, the middle class is being squeezed,” Priebus wrote in an op-ed for the conservative blog Red State.
The RNC continued its attacks Monday in response to an Obama campaign video featuring Anna Wintour, the trend-setting editor-in-chief of Vogue and inspiration behind “The Devil Wears Prada.”
“Obama’s focused on keeping his job,” says a response video released by the RNC. “But what about yours?”
The Red Hot Chili Peppers aren't the only musicians stumping for Obama. On Monday, as the president traveled to New York, rock icon Jon Bon Jovi stepped off Air Force One, ahead of his performance at one fundraiser.
Also this week, "Sex and the City" star Sarah Jessica Parker touted Obama's reelection efforts in the campaign's first nationally televised ad, which aired during the MTV Movie Awards on Sunday.