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. Squigman

    The Boss, is boss.

    October 13, 2012 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  2. Dan

    Boo to Bruce for doing this.... and this isn't a "Bruuuuuuce" type of a book.

    October 13, 2012 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  3. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    Thank you Bruce Springstein! President Obama has the best of Hollywood and the music industry on his side and Romney has a bunch of racist confederate white supremacists domestic terrorists on his side.

    Obama/Biden 2012 by a LANDSLIDE!.

    October 13, 2012 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  4. Gay Hollingshead

    Bruce how could you go for this poor excuse of a president? How far low can you go?

    October 13, 2012 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  5. John Cavalli

    Romney/Ryan believe that giving tax cuts to the "job creators" will prompt them to create jobs. However, they also state that their 20% tax cut will be revenue neutral. If the cuts will be revenue neutral, there are two issues I would like answered: Why go thru the exercise, (1) if the "job creators" don't get anything of it how will they have the funds to create jobs; and (2) if it is revenue neutral, why do it at all?

    October 13, 2012 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  6. Kathleen Farrell

    I'm so sick of idiots using that "you didn't build that." Are people really that stupid? Vote for whoemever you want, but don't make up nonsense. That's not what the president said. Quit being sheep and do your homework.

    October 13, 2012 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  7. RK

    You want to really want to win Obama, then let common people campaign for you!

    October 13, 2012 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  8. Mike

    Things must be really bad if Bruce is coming out of campaign retirement.

    October 13, 2012 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  9. FastFrankie

    Millionaire Socialists like Bruce Springsteen expect to be admired but they are a danger to their fellow Americans because they endorse policies that destroy jobs. Working people are paying dearly for Obama's economic incompetence and failed policies. So hero Springsteen decides to help the idiot get reelected to so he can destroy more jobs and force more debt on future generations of Americans. Then he can go home to his mansion and write sad sad songs about the horrible state of the economy. I hope that patriotic Americans will refrain from buying any more of Springsteen's crap.

    October 13, 2012 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  10. WatrGrrl

    Hey! Will Bruce Bentspring play "Born In The USA" for Ba-rack? Used to have SOME respect for him but that is GONE, now... And to think I thought he was brighter than this...

    October 13, 2012 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  11. Fortinbras

    We get glory days and born in the USA.. You get cat scratch fever and some cheesy remake of sweet home Alabama.

    October 13, 2012 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  12. Joe Shea

    I'm tired of entertainers assuming that I want to listen to them because they are political geniuses. My family and I enjoyed working at a folk festival for years, but no longer do, not because of the folkies, because of the entertainers. I come for music, not politics. Most of these people (Springsteen) are living in the clouds, get paid astronomical money to play, and try to pretend they are regular folks. Half the country disagrees with their politics. If we pay to see you, keep it to what you're good at. Leave the politics at home.

    October 13, 2012 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  13. Haha

    Nah nah nah boo boo, Romney is the winner and he WILL be president!!

    October 13, 2012 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  14. RogerH

    So the great hypocrite Springsteen has same values He doesn't pay one penny of taxes on his mansion and land by selling firewood on his land which is old grandfather clause he use Common man huh So town schools police and fire dept get no money from him

    October 13, 2012 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  15. Chuck

    What a surrpize....................

    October 13, 2012 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |

    @Larry L, I spent 6 years in the US Army, Obama spent zero years, and Springsteen spent zero years in the Military as well. How about you, what did you do in the Military..... Stop talking about others and put up or shut up!!

    October 14, 2012 12:22 am at 12:22 am |
  17. Geoff

    Penguins rock out to Springsteen. And the female penguins love Bill Clinton. Penguins would never vote for republicans. They want to turn the penguins' home into an oil field.

    October 14, 2012 12:26 am at 12:26 am |
  18. Cinchy

    The candidate that has the most support from "celebrities" is the candidate I will vote against.

    October 14, 2012 12:27 am at 12:27 am |
  19. J.V.Hodgson

    Too much emphasis on appearances and glib sound bites that excite emotionally in our US election process and not enough attention to reality. eg Mitt Romney saying he can create 12m jobs in the US when the world and US are still in recession. Sounds good looks good but is not realistic.
    What is amusing ( actually quite sad) is that when the polls were going Obama's way the Republican campaign dismissed them as biased or wrong. Now they are showing Ok for Mitt's they are suddenly perfect and a true reflection..... this is the classic flip flop along with Romney trying to say his policies will help the middle class.
    Romney tax position. Lets keep it simple stupid ( kiss technique) if you cut 20 % of taxes across the board it costs $4.8 tr over 10 years.
    if you add up the saving of taking all reliefs away I said "ALL" it does not pay for that amount, WORSE STILL ROMNEY IS STILL SUFFICIENTLY UNSPECIFIC for anyone to accurately calculate his plans to even get in to the category of "roughly right but not precisely wrong."
    The above simple statement of 20 % tax reduction costs X in tax revenue lost and the Y maximum of allowance reduction or elimination is Y puts me in the favorite position I like of saying the above is simply put roughly right and not precisely wrong... just like the financial budgets I prepared in my 40 years in business.
    Romneys spin is totally wrong. Clinton called it arithmetic and business man Romney can't do simple arithmetic! I'll send him a calculator with the real tax numbers in the memory to help him get his facts right.
    Hodgson .

    October 14, 2012 12:28 am at 12:28 am |
  20. DJS NJ

    I have no respect for entertainers that are willing to throw 50% of thier fans under the bus by going all out for a campaign... And of course they always come out of the political closet once thier famous. Because if they were so strident early on they would likely have 1/2 the money they have now...

    October 14, 2012 12:45 am at 12:45 am |
  21. Tina Turner

    That's it! I'm melting all my Springsteen 8-tracks....

    October 14, 2012 12:51 am at 12:51 am |
  22. Bobby

    The President should not have to be out campaigning, if he were doing what needs to be done and doing the right things the race would not be so close, If you have a president that has to bring in start power and former president to campaign for you, then your not doing your job like the American people want... thank about it folks. if he had a good record and working for the people that put him in office. and do what needs to be done the race would not be so much of a tie. thanks about it for a moment. it only make common sense.

    October 14, 2012 01:06 am at 1:06 am |
  23. gopdontrock

    LoL! "Obama at 50% among likely voters and Romney at 47%."

    Maybe Obama should give a speech about how there are 47% of Americans who are just boneheads and he can't concern himself with them. Oh, no, wait, he wouldn't do that. Because he's a decent American and a good president in hard times. Unlike whatever the heck Mitt Romney is.

    October 14, 2012 02:04 am at 2:04 am |
  24. N Vinny Veritas

    Bruce... Please do a version [Canned Heat's by way of The Boss] of Wilbert Harrison's "Let's Work Together"-
    It would be a WAY better song for the Obama 2012 campaign than "Don't Stop Thinkin' About Tomorrow" was...
    As appropriate as "Happy Days Are Here Again" was for FDR !

    October 14, 2012 02:27 am at 2:27 am |
  25. romney the patriot

    @ amy smith
    Avoiding taxes by hiding millions in off-shore accounts isn't violating any laws right?? I'm an idiot for paying ALL my taxes from my hard-earned money I suppose. Romney = great role model

    October 14, 2012 03:04 am at 3:04 am |
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