Springsteen to rock the campaign trail
October 13th, 2012
08:30 AM ET
10 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. Louden Swain

    "We take care of our own" you might want to play that song extra loud Bruce because Obama doesn't know how to do it. How about "born to run" from responsibility.

    October 14, 2012 03:23 am at 3:23 am |
  2. Strat4jazz

    Am I the only one sick of watching rock stars and entertainers hit there knees in front of politicians? Seriously c'mon man, have some pride and stop brown nosing.

    October 14, 2012 03:34 am at 3:34 am |
  3. Pb010

    fernace. Tell me. What is wrong with saving the lives of innocent babies, who have no way of speaking on their own behalf or protecting their own interests and life? What's wrong with having a strong military at the ready with the very best of equipment available to help you stay alive. Romney wants to keep the money IN the Social Security system and not pull it out, such as Obama is wanting to do. Romney does not want to raise taxes on ANYONE. He wants to cut out all of the tax breaks and loopholes for the wealthy in our tax system to allow the rich smaller refunds on their taxes paid. This extra money that is kept will help bring down the national deficit. Romney is not talking about ending women's healthcare clinics. This is the problem with the American people. You cannot take things that your friends tell you and things that you read in opinion pieces. It's amazing how much propoganda is flowing out here on both sides. Go to the computer and research the facts. Donot listen to others and assume it's fact. This causes bad voting and regret later on how one votes. I can just look around me and look at the current state of our economy and see who will be getting my vote. No one has to tell me anything. It's quite evident. This country is a complete mess. And it is not Bushe's fault. These past 4 years has belonged to Obama. It is Obama's fault. I feel that it is now tome for a change. For new and fresh ideas on how to move this country forward in a positive direction. Obamas ideas are stale and non productive. Romney/Ryan 2012.

    October 14, 2012 03:37 am at 3:37 am |
  4. Huh?

    I wonder if Chris Christie is jealous . . . .

    October 14, 2012 03:41 am at 3:41 am |
  5. honey badger

    Ending the war in Iraq. Drawing down troops in Afghanistan. Saving the country's auto industry. Taking out Bin Laden. The Lily Ledbetter Act: guaranteeing women receive equal pay for the same jobs performed by men. OBAMACARE: healthcare for EVERY AMERICAN CITIZEN. Just to name a few of the president's accomplishments in spite of unprecendented opposition from the Rethugs. Imagine what he could have accomplished for the entire country had the GOP not made it their sole mission to "make him a one-term president." And they call themselves the party for ALL the people. Their actions definitely speak louder than their empty words.

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2012

    October 14, 2012 04:07 am at 4:07 am |
  6. Flop

    Flip flopping Bruce

    October 14, 2012 06:47 am at 6:47 am |
  7. 200 TON HAMMER

    Bruce springsteen is just like Mr Frank Sinatra who only wanted this country too
    stop Hateing and give back too help those who want a fair chance Mr Frank Sintra help too change desegregation at the sands
    hotel in 1954 with sammy Davis jr and over time Mr Frank Sintra Gave Away Over Billion Dallors Too help Blacks and Jewish People,He Also Had a Jewish synagogue
    Built in Palm Springs He Help So many People from poor too middleclass He Was a True Gentleman Of Class Very Timeless

    October 14, 2012 07:37 am at 7:37 am |
  8. Mike

    Larry L, Where was it that Obama served? Was it Indonesia? It sure wasn't Vietnam, Grenada, Panama, Gulf War I, Afghanistan, or Gulf War II.

    October 14, 2012 08:07 am at 8:07 am |
  9. Jt_flyer

    Bruce is one of the greatest of all times. Obama...not so much.

    October 14, 2012 08:08 am at 8:08 am |
  10. Mel

    I could care less who celebrities are voting for they should stick to their own jobs. their Opinions Do Not Matter to me. I can read, listen and watch and vote all by myself.

    October 14, 2012 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  11. lkottis

    People – seriously – why would you outsource such an important voting decision to an entertainer? Do you think musicians/actors are uniquely qualified to determine who is the better candidate? They spend their careers trying to make you think they are someone that they are not.

    October 14, 2012 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  12. Name

    Didnt even know he was still alive

    October 14, 2012 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
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