Bruce Springsteen rocks out for Barack Obama
Rock star Bruce Springsteen will perform at an Obama campaign rally with Bill Clinton in Ohio next week. The race has tightened considerably in that important swing state, and Springsteen's appearance is designed to bolster Obama's image as a fighter for working class men and women.
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“I would like to have seen more activism in job creation sooner than it came,” he said, according to an ABC News report in February. “I would like to have seen people helped out, seen some of these [home] foreclosures stopped somehow.” Springsteen said Obama was “more friendly to corporations than I thought he would be, [and] there’s not as many middle-class or working-class voices heard in the administration as I thought there would be.”
At the same time, Springsteen said, “He kept GM alive, which was incredibly important to Detroit and Michigan, and he got the health care law passed, although I wish there had been a public option and didn’t leave the citizens victims of the insurance companies. He killed Osama bin Laden, which was extremely important. He brought some sanity to the top level of government.”
It may well be that the closeness of the race – in particularly Mitt Romney’s ascendency in many public opinion polls since the first presidential debate – changed The Boss’s mind.
Obama’s lead in Ohio has slipped to barely more than a single percentage point from nearly six points two weeks ago. “Romney on the rise in Ohio” read the headline Saturday in the Columbus Dispatch.
“You know what? There’s a growing crescendo of enthusiasm,” Romney told an estimated 8,500 supporters at a rally in Lancaster, Ohio, Friday night. “People recognize that this is not an ordinary campaign, this is a critical time in the country. There’s more energy and passion. People are getting behind this campaign.”
“Romney was previously greeted by huge crowds in Cuyahoga Falls on Tuesday night (12,000 people) and in Sidney, Ohio, on Wednesday night (9,000), and both he and Ryan have campaign stops scheduled in the state today,” the Columbus Dispatch’s Joe Vardon reported Saturday. “Ryan also added a noon rally in Cincinnati on Monday.”
Two nights later, Springsteen will join Democratic political rock star Bill Clinton for what could be a critical campaign rally in Parma, Ohio.