Clinton and Springsteen bring their buddy act to Ohio
By Jo Piazza / current.com / @jopiazza
President Barack Obama brought out the campaign's two biggest rock stars — Bill Clinton and Bruce Springsteen — to play hardball in Ohio on Thursday night.
It's never easy for Clinton to be the warm-up act, but like a scene from an adorable buddy comedy of middle-aged men, the 42nd president introduced the Boss to the crowd at Cuyahoga Community College as "one of the coolest dudes" he has ever met.
"This is the first time in my life I ever got to be the warm-up act for Bruce Springsteen," Clinton said. "I am qualified for it because I was 'born in the USA.'"
"It's like I'm going on after Elvis here," Springsteen quipped before beginning a five-song set, fittingly, with "No Surrender."
"If he'd only brought that saxophone, you woulda seen a real jam up here right now."
Clinton did not bring his sax, but he did bring his sass, mocking GOP nominee Mitt Romney's evasion of important issues in the second presidential debate.
"He wants to convince the moderate voters that he's a new man, without explicitly disavowing a single, solitary commitment he made in the two years he said he was the 'severe conservative' Mitt Romney," Clinton said. "You have to say no to all this hide and seek stuff."Springsteen added his own endorsement of Obama and attack on Romney. "I remember President Obama's election night was an evening when you could feel the locked doors of the past finally being blown open to new possibilities. I came here today because I am thankful for universal healthcare. … I am thankful for a more regulated Wall Street. I am thankful GM is still making cars. What else would I write about?" the musician said onstage. "I am here today because I am concerned about women’s rights. I don’t have to tell you the dangers of Roe v. Wade under our opponent’s policies."
"The Young Turks" had Ben Mankiewicz (better known as No. 1 Springsteen Fan) reporting from the ground in Ohio.
"Bill Clinton gave the same kind of speech that he gave at the convention. After hearing Bill Clinton make the case of Mitt Romney or Barack Obama, you just think who in their right minds is voting for Mitt Romney," Mankiewicz said.
Yet plenty of Ohioans are voting for Mitt Romney, and plenty more are undecided in the state that will likely decide the election.
And so in a rock star move of his own, Mankiewicz did his civic duty by illegally trying to persuade a couple to vote for Barack Obama through red velvet cupcake bribery. Check it out below.
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