Bruce Springsteen will be adding some star power to President Obama’s campaign along with former president Bill Clinton.
Springsteen and Clinton will both be headlining for Obama’s campaign rally in Parma, Ohio on Thursday, according to the Washington Post. The event, for which the President will not be present, is free to the public.
Jim Messina, President Obama’s campaign manager, states the singer’s values echo those of the president and hopes that the star’s appearance on the campaign trail will aid in getting the 18 electoral college votes of the swing state:
“Bruce Springsteen’s values echo what the President and Vice President stand for: hard work, fairness, integrity. His appearances will help with our get out the vote effort in these critical swing states and we are thrilled with his ongoing support.”
The President even uses the artist’s song, “We Take Care of Our Own,” in his 2012 campaign song playlist at rallies
Rolling Stone notes that Springsteen campaigned for President Obama back in 2008 and originally had planned on sitting out this election:
“I did it twice because things were so dire. It seemed like if I was ever going to spend whatever small political capital I had, that was the moment to do so. But that capital diminishes the more often you do it. While I’m not saying never, and I still like to support the President, you know, it’s something I didn’t do for a long time, and I don’t have plans to be out there every time.”
Along with the rally in Ohio, he will be appearing at another event on the same day in support of the president in Ames, Iowa. It’s unclear if Springsteen will appear at any Obama rallies beyond these two.
After the initial presidential debate with Republican Presidential nominee Mitt Romney last week, the Obama campaign has been trying to regain its footing among American voters. The president has been under pressure by Democratic supporters to make a stronger case for his reelection.
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