Bruce Springsteen at Rally: President Obama Will Bridge Gap Between 'Haves,' 'Have Nots'

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The free event in Pittsburgh, Pa. also served as an impromptu phonebank, with about 20,000 potential voters called before the Boss performed.

Bruce Springsteen is continuing his push to make President Obama America's boss for another four years.

The music icon performed "No Retreat, No Surrender” at a rally for the president in Pittsburgh, Pa. Saturday, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

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"Idealism takes a pretty hard kick ... during the election cycle. But it's at the seed of why we are here today," Springsteen told the audience at the free event, sponsored by Obama for America. "You have to believe the world is open to change, open to petition, open to argument."

He said Obama would help bridge the gap between the haves and the have nots. Springsteen fired up the crowd by telling them to yell “forward” (Obama’s campaign slogan) between his verses, according to a tweet from Obama for America Pennsylvania.

The rally also served as an impromptu phone bank, with attendees finding packets under their seats, each containing the names and phone numbers of eight local people. According to Obama for America, concert goers called about 20,000 people in the ten minutes before Springsteen took the stage.

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The event comes just days after the Springsteen performed a free concert supporting Obama’s reelection in Virginia. The Boss previously performed at Obama rallies in Parma, Ohio, with Bill Clinton and in Ames, Iowa; In 2008 he was a strong campaigner for the president, and in 2009, Springsteen played at the president’s inaugural concert, performing "The Rising" and Woody Guthrie's "This Land Is Your Land" with Pete Seeger.

Pennsylvania, which has 20 electoral votes, has not gone to a Republican presidential candidate since George H.W. Bush in 1988, and it is considered a “safe Obama” state by the New York Times’ 538 blog. But recent polls show Mitt Romney making gains in the state, which still has a higher than average unemployment rate (8.2 percent). Romney had previously abandoned the state to focus resources elsewhere, but has plans to campaign there in hopes of gaining traction.