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Bruce Springsteen to Stump for Obama in Ohio, Iowa

New Jersey rocker will take the stage for the Democratic campaign to help with close races in those states.

Bruce Springsteen will join the campaign trail Thursday for President Barack Obama in Northeast Ohio and Iowa.  

The Boss will team up with former President Bill Clinton in Parma, Ohio, then head on to Ames, Iowa, later Thursday for another campaign concert and rally, according to Springsteen's website

Although, Springsteen previously said he would stay out of the 2012 election, the presidential race in these states is tightening, reported The New York Times

“His appearance will help with our get-out-the vote effort in these critical swing states, and we are thrilled with his ongoing support,” the Obama-Biden campaign manager, Jim Messina, said in a widely quoted statement.

According to a CNN Poll of Polls, Obama only has a 3 percent lead, at 50 percent, in Ohio among likely voters over Republican candidate Mitt Romney, at 47 percent.

Springsteen has openly supported the Democratic party in the past, performing for Obama's 2008 campaign and at his inauguration, as well as playing rallies for Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts in 2004, reported Spin Magazine. 

However, in an interview with The New Yorker, he said he was wary about joining a campaign again. “I did it twice because things were so dire,” Springsteen was quoted saying. 

During the 2004 election, Springsteen drew an estimated 80,000 people to a campaign rally in Madison, Wi., according to the San Francisco Chronicle, helping Kerry win the state.

jerseyswamps October 18, 2012 at 09:06 AM
Every time I see a story about these guys stumping for Obama I write another check to Romney. The more positive comments, the bigger the check. "I got those Obama spendin' blues" is surging on the charts.
Nancy Hunter October 18, 2012 at 10:04 AM
Bruce is a washed up has been who should keep his political views to himself. The only thing he is qualified to do other than play his music is wait tables. Which is more than I can say for B-O.
J October 18, 2012 at 12:13 PM
You might consider that it is possible to become a success in life after starting out poor without forgetting where you came from. That may be an important factor as any in Springsteen's long-term popularity.
Robert Yates October 22, 2012 at 06:48 PM
Bruce Springsteen nicely combines catchy tunes with meaningful lyrics. His work masterfully connects with the downtrodden; he eulogizes their suffering and everyday internal struggles in a very talented and interesting way. Also, his last album was quite good for those of you who think he is washed up. What baffles me about Springsteen (especially in light of his apparently well thought out lyrics) is his naivety; the fact that he is actually taken in by a politician -- any politician. Obama and Romney are one in the same. Both are abysmally disingenuous and have displayed tremendous hypocrisy through out their political careers. Romney's flip-flopping is well documented and extensive. Obama backtracked on almost every campaign promise he made (bailing out the wealthy corporations/banks; closing Guantanamo; ending the wars, etc, etc.) I see it as a moral imperative to refrain from voting for either of these rather indistinguished and for that matter indistinguishable men.
Mike October 22, 2012 at 07:12 PM
The Boss should stick to his music. He turns off alot of his fans when he gets political.

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