Bruce Springsteen Stumps for Obama in Ohio, Iowa
Bruce Springsteen has made no secret of his support for President Obama during the last presidential campaign four years ago, and this election will be no different as the rocker prepares to headline rallies for the President in Ohio and Iowa.
On Thursday, October 18, Springsteen will headline a rally in Parma, Ohio with Bill Clinton. Ohio is a key swing state in the election, and the Christian Science Monitor notes that no Republican has ever won the presidency without winning Ohio.
Later on Thursday, Springsteen will appear at another rally in Ames, Iowa, though Clinton will instead travel to a different event in Steubenville, Ohio. President Obama is not scheduled to appear at any of these events.
“Bruce Springsteen’s values echo what the President and Vice President stand for: hard work, fairness, integrity,” said Obama campaign manager Jim Messina 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.”
In addition to campaigning for Obama in 2008, he also performed Woody Guthrie’s classic folk song “This Land is Your Land” at Obama’s inaugural cereomony in 2009 at the Lincoln Memorial. Springsteen’s song “We Take Care of Our Own” has become a staple at rallies for the President this year, and played after Obama’s speech at this year’s Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. The song appears on Springsteen’s most recent record, Wrecking Ball, which was released earlier this year.
Earlier this year, Springsteen indicated he might stay off the campaign trail this year.
“I prefer to stay on the sidelines,” he said during an interview. “I genuinely believe an artist is supposed to be the canary in the coal mine, and you’re better off with a certain distance from the seat of power.”