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Bruce Springsteen to Perform at Rallies for President Obama

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President Barack Obama will once again turn to Bruce Springsteen to help him on the campaign trail. The Cleveland Plain Dealer is reporting that Springsteen will perform at two rallies for Obama next week.

Springsteen, as well as former President Bill Clinton, will appear at a get out the vote rally in Parma, Ohio on Thursday, Oct. 18. He will then fly to Ames, Iowa, where he will perform at another Obama event.

“Bruce Springsteen’s values echo what the president and vice president stand for: hard work, fairness, integrity,” Jim Messina, Obama’s campaign manager, said. “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 campaigned for Obama in 2008 as well as for John Kerry four years earlier. However, despite the politically charged material on his new album, ‘Wrecking Ball,’ he had heretofore been reluctant to get involved this time around.

“I did it twice because things were so dire,” he told the New Yorker earlier this year. “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.”

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