Monday, November 5, 2012

Associated Press Published: November 5, 2012
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About 18,000 people crowded around the stage, which was perpendicular to the state Capitol and a block down the street. Many who waited in line for hours to see Springsteen, who previously campaigned in Madison in 2004 for John Kerry and drew 80,000, said he was as much of a draw as the president.

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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 and joked about how early it was to be playing music, "particularly if you don't have a voice."

Springsteen played acoustic guitar and harmonica and opened with "No Surrender" followed by "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."

Springsteen and Obama were both also slated to appear in Columbus, Ohio, and Des Moines, Iowa, later Monday.

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republican Tommy Thompson is expressing optimism about his chances in the race for the U.S. Senate against Democrat Tammy Baldwin.

While Thompson was talking about the race Monday on WTMJ-AM radio in Milwaukee, Baldwin was speaking at a rally for President Barack Obama in Madison before tens of thousands of people.

Thompson says he has logged 1,200 miles in the last three days and "the excitement is there." He says polls showing him behind to Baldwin do not pick up the enthusiasm he sees in the Republican base.

Baldwin says the election offers a choice between two visions of America, and she and Obama are fighting for the middle class.

She urged those at the rally to get out and vote on Tuesday.