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Bruce Springsteen Campaigns With Music in Charlottesville

October 23, 2012

The Boss took the stage at the Ntelos Wireless Pavilion Tuesday afternoon with music on his lips and politics on his mind. Nearly five thousand people attended the free concert. With two weeks until election day, Springsteen urged the crowd to vote, saying every ballot counted.

"Our vote is the one principal way we get to change and determine the equation," Springsteen said.

Tuesday's concert not just a rally for President Obama's re-election. Former Governor Timothy Kaine took the stage to remind the crowd he's running for Virginia's U.S. Senate seat.

"We are gathered on this stage for one reason, to make sure America keeps moving forward," Kaine said.

Springsteen recounted his childhood, growing up in a blue collar neighborhood in New Jersey. Those childhood experiences leading him to say he cared about 100 percent of Americans. Springsteen left the stage with one message for the crowd.

"If we marginalize so many of our citizens, their talents, energies and their voices will go unfound and unheard. We will lose their contribution to this great land of ours and we will set ourselves on the road to decline...I believe President Obama understands that.

Springsteen is no stranger to the campaign trail. He has held similar rallies in battleground states like Iowa and Ohio.


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