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Campaigning In Ohio, Bill Clinton Opens For 'The Boss'

Oct 19, 2012
Originally published on October 23, 2012 1:03 pm

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

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And I'm David Greene.

There are some sure signs that a presidential election is fast approaching: Get out the vote rallies take on a new urgency and the really big names show up. That was all on display yesterday in Parma, Ohio, where Bill Clinton and Bruce Springsteen were the co-headliners. NPR's Don Gonyea was there.

DON GONYEA, BYLINE: The setting was a field house at a community college. The crowd of 3,000 erupted when President Clinton appeared first, beaming and saying he'd had a lot of jobs in his day.

(SOUNDBITE OF SPEECH)

PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON: But this is the first time in my life I ever got to be the warm-up act for Bruce Springsteen.

GONYEA: This is northeast Ohio, a Democratic stronghold, a place where a big turnout is critical for Mr. Obama. The former president said Ohio is coming back. He highlighted the rescue of GM and Chrysler.

(SOUNDBITE OF SPEECH)

CLINTON: I love Ohio. It's an old-school place. We like our families. We like our communities. We value personal loyalty. 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.

GONYEA: The warm-up act eventually yielded the stage.

(SOUNDBITE OF SPEECH)

CLINTON: The incomparable Bruce Springsteen. Let's hear it for him.

GONYEA: The two embraced. Springsteen laughed.

(SOUNDBITE OF SPEECH)

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN: Yeah, I get to speak after President Clinton. It's like I'm going on after Elvis, here.

GONYEA: Springsteen played solo with acoustic guitar and harmonica.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "NO SURRENDER")

SPRINGSTEEN: (Singing) No retreat, baby, no surrender.

GONYEA: And he unveiled what he called a campaign song reject.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

SPRINGSTEEN: (Singing) Kissed your sister, then I kissed your momma.

CROWD: Forward.

SPRINGSTEEN: (Singing) Usually this time of day, I'm in my pajamas.

CROWD: Forward.

SPRINGSTEEN: (Singing) Let's vote for the man who got Osama.

CROWD: Forward.

SPRINGSTEEN: (Singing) Forward, and away we go. It's not so bad.

GONYEA: More seriously, though, Springsteen looked back at election night four years ago.

(SOUNDBITE OF SPEECH)

SPRINGSTEEN: And I'm here today because I've lived long enough to know that despite those galvanizing moment in history, the future is rarely a tide rushing in. It's often a slow march, inch by inch, day after long day. And I believe we are in the midst of those long days right now. And I'm here because I believe President Obama feels those days in his bones, for all 100 percent of us.

GONYEA: And he said voting matters.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "THE PROMISED LAND")

SPRINGSTEEN: (Singing) Well, the dogs on Main Street howl, because they understand, if I can take one moment into my hands. Mister, I ain't a boy, no, I'm a man. And I believe in a promised land. And I believe...

GONYEA: As the crowd filed out, they were encouraged to sign up to volunteer. Marleis Gibson says she's a 54-year-old Democrat, realtor and bus driver.

MARLEIS GIBSON: You know, when I saw Clinton speak at the convention, I went right to my local place and volunteered and went and got my sign and whatnot. So, yeah. And I think it galvanizes you to, you know, drive people to - if they need help to get to vote on voting day.

GONYEA: She said this event makes her want to do more. Springsteen and Clinton split up after Parma. The former president headed to Wintersville, Ohio; Springsteen to Ames, Iowa.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "THUNDER ROAD")

SPRINGSTEEN: (Singing) Oh, oh, come take my hand. We're riding down tonight to case the promised land. Oh, oh, Thunder Road, oh, Thunder Road, Thunder Road.

GONYEA: Don Gonyea, NPR News, Parma, Ohio. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright National Public Radio.