October 1st, 2008
10:00 AM ET
12 years ago

Stars come out for Obama

Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel and Jay-Z are coming out to support Sen. Barack Obama this month.

Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel and Jay-Z are coming out to support Sen. Barack Obama this month.

(CNN)– Grammy-Award winning musician Jay-Z is set to host a voter registration rally and concert for Sen. Barack Obama in Miami on Sunday.

The event, "Last Chance for Change," is free to those 18 and older, in an attempt to encourage young voters to register before the state's October 6 registration deadline according to a press release.

Florida and its 27 electoral votes have been critical in past elections. According to CNN's electoral map the state is currently a toss up between John McCain and Barack Obama.

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Music legends Bruce Springsteen and Billy Joel will also be teaming up for the Democratic nominee later this month.

The event, "Change Rocks," will take place at the famed Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City on October 16, the night after the final presidential debate in Hempstead, New York.

Unlike Jay-Z's registration rally, seeing Joel and Springsteen perform is not free to the public. Tickets are selling anywhere from $500 to $10,000.

Springsteen is also expected to join Obama in Philadelphia Saturday, for a free concert before Pennsylvania voters.

"Senator Obama is a great fan of Bruce Springsteen and is honored to have his support. This will be a great opportunity to gather tens of thousands of our supporters together in one place as we register new voters and bring new volunteers into this campaign for change," said Craig Schirmer, the Pennsylvania State Director of the Obama-Biden campaign.

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soundoff (195 Responses)
  1. One more for McCain/Palin

    The stars come out for Obama. He is a superstar himself, so they can shine on each other, feel a warm fuzzy glow, and delude themselves into thinking that Obama could ever win. I respect everyones opinion, but Thank God for giving us a man among men, a patriot and president John McCain.

    October 1, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  2. GARY


    October 1, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  3. Dave, Central Illinois

    You Obamites are the same idiots that scream at the sight of a celebrity. Judging from the childish comments on these boards, I would say that you probably get your news from Commedy Central. Obama is an empty suit. God help us if he gets elected. Obama/Pelossi/Reed – that should make any thinking person vote fo McCain.

    October 1, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  4. On the fence, no more!!! Obama for president.

    The republicans need a complete party make over, and the dems need to fix this mess and get us back on the right track and in our rightful position as leaders of the whole free world. Go Obama make us proud that we have choosen you to lead our great nation. Vote for Obama in 08 and 2012.

    October 1, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  5. Vegas Barbie for Obama


    October 1, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  6. Latina for Obama (nj)

    I thank god everyday for letting me witness this time in America....God bless our next President BARACK OBAMA his wonderful family and GOD BLESS AMERICA!!

    October 1, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  7. Praetorian, Fort Myers


    What people who make mega-millions for sweating a yelling a while–with a few rudimentary and adolescent guitar beats think about national politics does not affect me.

    I have to live in the "real" world.
    This world–our politicians lie to us.
    This world–the very institutions we are loading taxpayer dollars into–raise rates–due to risk (though questionable) and nearly 100% approved by another commission of politicians set in place to protect us.
    This world–has Senators who speak about accountability, respnsibility, and accountability–but when their wealthiest constituents are threatened–cry out for a taxpayer resolution to the problem (a la bailout).
    This world requires me to pay every debt on time–and if not suffer exhorbitant fees and interest hikes–approved by my elected representatives.
    This world–has mortgage companies–who don't care that my income dropped $20,000 the past two years–they still initiate foreclosure rules–created by my representatives in Washington.
    This world–has creditors–who do not care if I lost my job–they will continue to add late, overbalance fees ad infinatum–them sell the debt to another entity–approved by my elected representatives in Washington–who will make ridiculous negotiations, enter judgements, and earn interest on money they didn't even lend in the first place–approved by my elected representatives.

    So...since our elected representatives and our credit institutions have done so much for us–why should we commit our children and grandchildren to a national debt?

    Go home Obama–you're in the big leagues now...and the American people have awakened to how they are being used–and will take no more.

    October 1, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  8. linda from South Dakota

    yes we can,,,,, and we will come nov,, obamas ideas are great and now i see mccain is talkin like they are his?? omg,, what a liar,,,, more and more americans are seein thie light that mccains a liar along with his side-kick,, obama/biden 08 and beyond!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 1, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  9. sue

    @ Laurie

    McCain didn't suspend his campaign. He said he was, but he actually didn't. The ads still ran. They still had the website up asking for donations. What he was trying to do was to stop his debate so he could postpone the VP debate. And before you say "the debate wasn't as important" – both are important and if he can't multi-task during a campaign he certainly won't be able to do so as president when there is even more going on at one time.

    October 1, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  10. N.S of Huntsville, Al

    Handle your business Obama. And I just want to say McCain and the Republicans down play the importance of celebrities as if their not human or their votes don't count. I'm glad Obama hows a range of people that are behind his message of "CHANGE", Lord knows we need a change from the same old ways of life that has brought our country down.


    October 1, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  11. WI Cheesehead

    I am Joe Cheesehead and I am stumped, Palin graduated with a degree in Journalism and yet she couldn’t name a single newspaper/periodical with Katie Couric. The Alaska governor declined to get specific when pressed by Couric to name a specific publication. “Um, all of them, any of them that have been in front of me over all these years,” , I guess college is not an education it’s just an experience. Does she read any newspapers or she only listens to Rush Limbaugh and Hugh Hewitt or maybe its true she only sees the publications in front of her at the waiting rooms at the hotel or the doctors office. That’s a scary thought.

    October 1, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  12. Matt

    Hey "Dave, Central Illinois"...Comedy Central tells more truth in 5 minutes of Stewart and Colbert than most "real" news media stations and shows do, especially the festival of lies and spin known as Fox News.

    October 1, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  13. Kathy Shultz

    "It was a creed whispered from.... "

    "And what began as a slight whisper has grown to a chorus... "

    "I say to Democrats, Republicans, Independants .. Enough"

    Yes We Can

    October 1, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  14. First Bush

    First you nut cases voted in Bush for two terms and now you are about to vote in even a bigger loser than Bush. Even if Obama gets in I will never view him as "our" President. We all know that there has been a big push in this Country for Obama and that no matter who else might be running he always gets the "good" press.

    McCain is a good man and is not Bush but that does not seem to matter – so – if Obama gets in all we can hope for is that he gets "impeached" his first year in office – with any luck. If McCain does not get in I would rather have Biden than Obama that is for sure.

    As far as the Stars going for Obama – they must all be acting and when they wake up it will be to late. They are all pretty messed up to start with.

    Keep an eye out for "voter fraud" folks – that is the last piece to the puzzle.

    October 1, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  15. Mike

    Whether you do or do not support this Bill. Obama is engaged in the proper process of Democracy by presenting it to the voters and the Law Makers. McCain has as usual gone his own way, the maverick route. After failing in leadership by not bringing his own party into this process. McCain has lost his famous temper and gone with another rash decision with poor judgement by suggesting that Bush take money from a Treasury Fund to cover the Bail Out of his Rich Cronnies with no Congressional oversight. This Treasury Fund is to insure our Money Market Accounts. Not cover Bail Outs of rich Bankers. To cheat the voters of their voice and do an end run around the Democratic process shows again how McCain holds the average American in contempt. He truly does not understand the issues or the feelings of the American voters.

    October 1, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  16. BJ

    Whatever happened to all the "stars" that threatened to leave the country if Bush won in '04?


    October 1, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  17. Longtime Democrat voting for McCain

    Does Obama know that he is actually going to have to make a decision between "Yes" or "No" when he votes today.? Voting "Present" is not going to be an option. Oh nooooooooooo

    When a man votes present 131 times, thats a man that can not make a stance or have a position.

    Go McCain

    October 1, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  18. Raeann Snook

    I will share just a couple thoughts from my anxiety-ridden brain this morning.

    Last night Steven Colbert on the Comedy Channel’s Colbert Report, said, “The economic crisis has solved the illegal immigration issue. People are rushing across the border to return to jobs in Mexico. It makes Guatemala look like the land of opportunity.”

    It must be tough to write comedy these days! I’m counting on Sarah Palin’s random talking points, inserted at odd juxtaposition in response to unrelated questions during the debate, to fuel the fire for the comedy writers. Sarah, you would be funny if this were not so serious!

    October 1, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  19. chelle

    For all those Republicans who scoff at celebrities that are involved in politics..... You do know what RONALD REAGAN did for a living before he was Governor and President -– right???

    October 1, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  20. Samilton

    Senator Obama has a tremendous task ahead of him as President of the US. Everyone needs to support him every step of the way. He won't get it all done during his term, but he will make a straight path for it to eventually get done.

    Thank God for the CHANGE!

    October 1, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
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