During the presidential elections of 2004, George W. Bush tried to use this song as his campaign theme but was immediately ordered to cease. John Hall demanded that his campaign stop using the song and had two different arguments: that Bush's campaign never obtained permission, and that Hall was a Democrat who never supported Bush nor Republicans whatsoever from the beginning.
Hall did something about it: In 2006, he ran for congress and, helped by campaign appearances by Bonnie Raitt and Jackson Browne, defeated Republican incumbent Sue Kelly in his district in New York. At the victory party, Hall didn't play this song, but sang "I Am A Patriot," which was written by his friend Steven Van Zandt from Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band.
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