October 15, 2012


Bruce Springsteen to Campaign at Obama Rallies in Ohio and Iowa

Joe Raedle
Joe Raedle

Despite an earlier promise to stay off the campaign trail this year, Bruce Springsteen will once again stump for Obama. The Boss will perform at rallies for Obama in Parma, Ohio on Thursday and Ames, Iowa later this month. Obama won't be there in person, but former President Clinton will be. Maybe he'll join in on saxophone?

Obama's campaign is, not surprisingly, stoked to have Springsteen on board. “Bruce Springsteen’s values echo what the president and vice president stand for: hard work, fairness, integrity,” Obama campaign manager Jim Messina said 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.”

This is obviously great news for fans of music and Obama, especially considering Springsteen's statement in February denying interest in anything explicitly political.

"I got into that sort of by accident. The Bush years were so horrific that you couldn’t just sit around," he said to the AFP. "I never campaigned for politicians previous to John Kerry and at that moment it was such a blatant disaster occurring at the top of government, you felt that if you had any cachet whatsoever, you had to cash it in because you couldn’t sit around and watch it. I prefer to stay on the sidelines. 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."

And not to get too political but: Bruce Springsteen/Eddie Vedder/Jay-Z/Beyonce > Kid Rock and his sex-tape buddy, Scott Stapp. So if any music fans were somehow still undecided on who to vote for…