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Democratic America’s most popular political leader and rock’s reigning poet laureate will appear together in Parma, Ohio next Thursday in an effort to secure President Barack Obama’s hold on that critical battleground state.
Former President Bill Clinton and musical superstar Bruce Springsteen will headline a free event the Obama campaign hopes will be the center piece of its get-out-the-vote effort in Ohio. Clinton, whose Democratic Convention address drew higher ratings than the incumbent president’s, will “lay out a clear picture of the economic choice Americans face in this election,” according to the reelection campaign.
Springsteen campaigned extensively for Obama in 2008, but this is his first appearance for the president on the 2012 campaign trail. The rally announcement on Saturday comes just days after a photo of a Lancaster, Ohio man — wearing a t-shirt to a Romney-Ryan rally with the words “Put the White Back in The White House” — went viral in the Internet.
Organizers have yet to release details on what sort of performances Springsteen will deliver. “Bruce Springsteen’s values echo what the President and Vice President stand for: hard work, fairness, integrity,” said Jim Messina, Obama for America’s campaign manager. “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’s music has become more socially conscious in recent years, often exploring the painful travails of minority and blue collar Americans.
In 2009, he opened the Obama inaugural concert in Washington D.C. with his song “The Rising,” accompanied with an all-female choir. Later he performed Woody Guthrie’s “This Land Is Your Land” with Pete Seeger.
UPDATE: Saturday afternoon, the campaign announced that Springsteen will travel to Ames, Iowa following his performance in Parma for another public rally. More details to follow.
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