President Obama campaigns in Madison

Springsteen fires up crowd at Obama rally

Published On: Nov 05 2012 08:33:11 AM CST   Updated On: Nov 05 2012 11:16:50 AM CST
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -

Bruce Springsteen plays four songs, does an impersonation of President Barack Obama and introduces the president before a crowd of 18,000 in Madison.
Springsteen took the stage around 10:30 a.m. Monday wearing a black vest and playing acoustic guitar and harmonica. He asked the crowd of 18,000 who waited hours in sub-freezing temperatures if they were fired up and they cheered in return.
He says, "It's certainly early to sing, particularly if you don't have a voice. Hello Wisconsin!"
Springsteen opened with his song "No Surrender" and followed up with "The Promised Land." His third song had the refrain "Four More Years" and included the line "So I came to Wisconsin looking for a date, we kissed and I said it was a hell of a state."

Springsteen closed with "Land of Hope and Dreams."
The stop in Madison was one of three Springsteen planned with Obama on Monday, the day before the election. He was also slated to go to Columbus and Des Moines.

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The streets around the state Capitol are teeming with people waiting for President Barack Obama and rocker Bruce Springsteen.
The president and Springsteen were expected to appear Monday morning on a stage in the street that runs from the Capitol to a convention center on the shores of Lake Monona. Several thousand people stood or sat in risers, braving 28-degree temperatures.

Air Force One landed at Dane County Regional Airport about 3 a.m. Monday in advance of the president's campaign appearance.

The appearance marks the third time in five days that Obama has campaigned in Wisconsin leading up to Tuesday's election. He was in Milwaukee on Saturday and Green Bay on Thursday.

Obama moves on to Columbus, Ohio and Des Moines, Iowa. Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney will also be in Columbus, Ohio Monday, along with Florida, Virginia and New Hampshire.