Bill Clinton, Springsteen rock Ohio for Obama

Thu Oct 18, 2012 7:17pm EDT
 
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By Eric Johnson

PARMA, Ohio (Reuters) - Rock star Bruce Springsteen and political star Bill Clinton teamed up on behalf of President Barack Obama on Thursday, hoping to drum up support in a state crucial to the Democrat's re-election hopes.

Springsteen sang songs about working-class struggles and cited Obama's work in his first term while former president Clinton took a swipe at Republican candidate Mitt Romney's economic plans.

Echoing a frequent talking point of the Democrats, Clinton told 3,000 supporters at a community college that Obama had saved jobs in Ohio when he bailed out the auto industry based in neighboring Michigan in 2009.

""When you were down, you were out and your whole economy was threatened, the president had your back. You've got to have his back now," Clinton said.

Besides whipping up support for Obama, Springsteen paid tribute to Clinton, who had taken the stage before him.

"It's like I am going on after Elvis," said the 63-year-old New Jersey musician, who talked about his working-class roots and played an acoustic set with guitar and harmonica.

"I remember President Obama's election night. It was an evening when you could feel the locked doors of the past finally being blown open," Springsteen said. "Then comes the hard daily struggle to make those possibilities real in a world that is brutally resistant to change."

Springsteen campaigned for Obama in 2008 and Thursday's appearance was his first for Obama this year. On Wednesday he posted an open letter on his website explaining why he supports Obama.   Continued...

 
Rocker Bruce Springsteen (L) gets a hug from former U.S. President Bill Clinton at a concert rally at Cuyahoga Community College to re-elect U.S. President Barack Obama in Parma, Ohio October 18, 2012. REUTERS/Aaron Josefczyk