After tweeting out an exultant picture of her and friends rejoicing after the election results came in, Longoria was asked how she celebrated Obama’s victory.
“I was moved to tears and I was so excited because we did work very hard for the campaign,” she told “Good Morning America” host Lara Spencer, during a call into the show on Wednesday. “But at the same time, it just showed that the middle class won and these super PACs didn’t get to buy the election, they didn’t get to buy America. And everybody showed up with their votes and said ‘no.’”
The “Desperate Housewives” actress has been busy throughout much of the season, lending her star power to Obama’s re-election campaigning. She served as a co-chair on his campaign, and spoke at and attended his rallies, most notably including the Democratic National Convention. But the actress maintains that while she was "honored" by Obama’s words of appreciation for her effort, she didn't get involved to gain publicity.
“I didn’t do this as a celebrity; I think none of us did. We were doing it because we care deeply about this country. I think for me there was a very, very clear choice for the future that I want to see for this country and I did it as my civic duty,” she said.
She also gave credit to volunteers on the ground who made phone calls and went door to door urging people to get out to their polling places.
“It was a huge night for a lot of people. It was a huge night for women, not only with the 19 point gender gap, but ... with a record high of women in the senate,” added Longoria. “It was a huge night for the LGBT [community] that showed up for the president. And of course it was a huge night for Latinos, and I was very happy to be a part of that.”
When asked what direction she felt the President should look toward, over the duration of his next term in office, Longoria, like many, spoke of the importance of ending bipartisan bickering.
“It is time to shape the peace here in this country and to move forward, to end the gridlock that we’ve been seeing in Congress,” Longoria said. “I love what he said last night, ‘It’s not what can be done for us, but by us,’ you know, referencing JFK. I think this is the time . Hopefully these partisan politics will end and [Obama] will be able to get more things done that he needs to get done.”