Springsteen to rock the campaign trail
October 13th, 2012
08:30 AM ET
6 years ago

Springsteen to rock the campaign trail

(CNN) - Two very high profile surrogates will be campaigning for President Barack Obama in the crucial battleground states of Ohio and Iowa next week.

The Obama campaign announced Saturday morning that former President Bill Clinton and rock star Bruce Springsteen will team up in Parma, Ohio on Thursday to stump for the president.

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Later on Thursday, Springsteen will appear in Ames, Iowa, the campaign said.

Clinton, meanwhile, will continue on to an event in Steubenville, Ohio.

"Bruce Springsteen's values echo what the President and Vice President stand for: hard work, fairness, integrity," Obama campaign manager Jim Messina said in a statement. "His appearances will help with our get out the vote effort in these critical swing states and we are thrilled with his ongoing support."

Springsteen appeared, and performed, at rallies in 2004 for Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts, that year's Democratic presidential nominee, and in 2008 for Obama. But he had said as late last month that he wouldn't be performing in the 2012 election.

The appearance of the former president is no surprise though. He's been a very high profile surrogate for Obama this year.

Both campaigns have been spending a lot of time and money battling for Ohio's 18 electoral votes.

Ohio was the state that put President George W. Bush over the top in his 2004 re-election. Four years later Obama carried the state by five points over Sen. John McCain. But the Republicans performed well in the Buckeye state in the 2010 midterm elections, winning back the governor's office and five House seats from the Democrats.

A new CNN Poll of Polls that averages the three non-partisan, live operator surveys in Ohio conducted entirely after the first presidential debate indicates a very close contest, with Obama at 50% among likely voters and Romney at 47%.

Iowa has six electoral votes and went for Obama in 2008 and Bush in 2004. Polling conducted before the first presidential debate showed a close race there with a slight advantage for Obama.

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Filed under: 2012 • Iowa • Ohio • President Obama
soundoff (137 Responses)
  1. FlipFlopping

    Bruce Is A Flip Flopper Like Obama.
    Springsteen appeared, and performed, at rallies in 2004 for Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts, that year's Democratic presidential nominee, and in 2008 for Obama. But he had said as late last month that he wouldn't be performing in the 2012 election

    October 13, 2012 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  2. RoadRunner, Albuquerque, NM

    Great team: The Boss & the Boss. Springsteen has long stood for bedrock American values, and he still is in there rockin'. At least the middle class, small & medium size business, and retirees know who's on their side, Obama and Biden, and it is up to them to protect their own interests against the corporate greed and lies from team Romney and Wall St.. Vote Obama 2012!

    October 13, 2012 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  3. Oy

    Joe...you're calling out the intelligence of people who vote for Obama, and you actually think there is such a thing as an Obama Phone.

    "read about the millions of Democrat death threats against every and any American who is not an Obama supporter."

    Are you really an actual person? What a bunch of nonsense. Folks, don"t let these gloom and doom people who think that if you spin a centrifuge faster you can somehow create nuclear energy faster fool you into voting against your own best interests. Bush and Cheney did it after 9/11 and we lived through 8 yrs of "Orange alert! Red alert! Yellow alert!". Come on.

    October 13, 2012 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  4. Woman In California

    Thank you Bruce for your intelligence and help during these most troubling times. Republicans are determined (as shown all over the country through voter suppression, billboards, threats and physical violence), that they will stop at nothing, including breaking our backs if necessary to "take back their country". This is OUR country and we live in a democracy where we have choice and it is not nor has it ever been their right to take it away. Please vote and send a message that we are not going back to the failed policies of the past.

    Right now, Willard is making millions off the LOSS of American jobs. The people in Freeport, IL are being thrown out for cheap Chinese labor and he has no remorse about it because 1) the labor unions are involved and 2) he wants to pretend he has nothing to do with Bain.
    Is this the kind of leader you really want? A biased liar who only stands for "those who will vote with him"? Any candidate whose not willing to stand with ALL Americans regardless of their pary, doesn't deserve the job of POTUS and should not be awarded accordingly.

    October 13, 2012 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  5. kathy/Minnesota

    Poor Governor Christie.....lol

    October 13, 2012 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  6. A little sad


    Stick to singing Bruce. This country can't afford four more years of an incompetent fool running things. I mean listen to Bruce when he speaks. Not the most intelligent guy! But then again neither are most libtards.. Look I got me an Obama phone!!

    October 13, 2012 09:47 am at 9:47 am |

    Springsteen’s a musical genius. What have you accomplished in life, beside regurgitated hate?

    October 13, 2012 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  7. Mike Buck

    Welcome to the Theocracy Empire of America (TEA) Party Agenda of Guns, Gays, God and Gynecology. Progressive agenda is Economy, Environment, Education, and Education. Bruce is a progressive intellect. Ted Nugent...not so much.

    October 13, 2012 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  8. John Balbi

    Hey Bruce, saw you with President Socialist. Throwing all of records and CD's in the dumpster next to your has been career.

    October 13, 2012 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  9. herrick9

    THE BOSS still rocks 'em above all else..

    Romney? Not so much...

    October 13, 2012 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  10. Jane

    I love these comments how Bruce is just an average guy. He is a one percenter who probably has more dough than Romney. And if you want to excoriate Romney for his fair share of taxes, Brucie is just as guilty. He pays less NJ property taxes by throwing some seeds in the dirt so he can call his place a farm. He pays a fraction of what his surrounding neighors pay. So much for fairness and integrity.

    October 13, 2012 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  11. NJKat

    @ if you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen...
    if you are going to use the quote, dont misconstrue it-
    "If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen." – Barak Obama
    Everyone, including those of us that are successful, had a hand at some point. Success is the culmination of the advisement of others as well as our own experiences. Even The Boss was influenced by others.

    October 13, 2012 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  12. buttersnott

    Paul... how about a more catchy term for this article!!!! Boss to campaign for Obama.

    did you know his nickname...or is he b4 your time?

    October 13, 2012 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  13. wjmccartan

    Really, I mean really, Romney and Ryan supporter are out there and they know how to use the internet as well, look out hell is freezing over.

    Romney and Ryan care about the working man, Not. The only thing these wall street cronies want of the working man is for him to bend over. Where is the plan for education, where is the alternative to health care, what let the insurance companies screw Americans over, maybe they would like to de-regulate wall street, and start this swirling down the toilet all over again. Foreign policy, be like GW and start a war or two, just for daddy. I wonder while you republicans are chasing the almighty dollar and making dust of everyone who gets in your way.

    Don't get mad and take your ball and go home, but if your going home anyway stop by the library and don't be afraid there only books, with history and science. Pick one up, although I think most republicans are allergic to books, facts, honesty, you know the real scary things in this world.

    Lucid One

    October 13, 2012 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  14. Flopp

    Bruce is a FlipFlopper

    October 13, 2012 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  15. PvtJoker

    I want want Springsteen has. What is his tax rate? He should be paying 45%, same as corporations.

    October 13, 2012 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  16. 2012liberal

    Bruce is a has been and a will be for all hard working american. His new album is our anthem! Obama-Biden2012

    October 13, 2012 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  17. 1nsite

    Where is former Pres. Bush?? Republicans are such a wonderful party with their great ideas and policies. Why not have your former presidents come out and represent? Crickets.

    October 13, 2012 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  18. Mack

    No longer a Bruce fan.

    October 13, 2012 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  19. Mercfan

    @the situation – that dinosaur has the biggest world tour this year, playing to 1,961,471 fans so far (the tour continues after the election). If you knew anything about his career you would know that he is one of the few recording acts that is not afraid to experiment with different music genres and continues to attract new fans to his shows. One third of the fans that attend his shows now weren't even born when Born to Run was released. One of the few artists that has his own channel on SiriusXM.

    October 13, 2012 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  20. Mark DiSciullo

    Bruce...your actions do more to divide this nation then to unite us all together.

    October 13, 2012 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  21. cgsailor

    Meh...one guy with no substance campaigning for another one with no substance. Stick to your music Bruce – it might be the only thing in your life you're actually good at.

    October 13, 2012 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  22. armymom

    As a ardent Springsteen fan but not an Obama supporter, I am disheartened to hear Bruce will be campaigning for Obama. However, as an American citizen, Bruce Springsteen has the right to campaign for whomever he wishes. I just wish he would keep true to his word about not get into the political realm.

    October 13, 2012 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  23. deadlikeme

    @ Amy Smith – that quote was printed in People magazine when the press was hounding him when they created a frenzy over his first marriage to Julianne Phillips. It's amazing that's two quotes in this column taken out of context and twisted for someone's own personal agenda.

    October 13, 2012 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  24. Reality check

    Don't believe the polls at all. They only poll people with landlines, they do not poll the many people, more all the time, that only use cell phones, So if those polls show it close with the old folks, just think what the polls would show if you throw in more of the younger generation.

    Obama in a landslide.

    October 13, 2012 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  25. DN

    It's funny, our nation hit extremely hard times under a Republican president, and now people are thinking of putting another Republican in charge of the nation?

    Conservative pundits keep telling us the Bush days are long gone. Fine, but that very same platform is being carried by the new GOP candidate.

    How bad were things under George W. Bush? He was not invited to the GOP convention. And now you want another Republican in the White House? Stop and think about that.

    And, take a moment and look at the state of our economy and the National Debt when each party was represented in the White House. No spin. Just look for yourself and decide.

    October 13, 2012 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
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