Bruce Springsteen to campaign for Obama

  • Singer Bruce Springsteen is to perform at campaign rallies for U.S. President Barack Obama in the battleground states of Ohio and Iowa on Thursday.

    The rock star’s appearances come Obama camp steps up efforts to attract supporters before the November 6 election.

    Obama and Mitt Romney are currently running neck and neck in national polls following the Republican's strong performance in their first presidential debate.

    "Iowans understand hard work, fairness and integrity, the same values that Bruce Springsteen, the president and vice president stand for," Obama campaign manager Jim Messina said in a statement. "Springsteen's appearances will be valuable in energizing supporters and getting out the vote effort in these important swing states."

    The Obama campaign has not yet released details over the size of the venues in Ames, Iowa and the Parma, Ohio.

    Former President Bill Clinton will also be at the event with Springsteen in Ohio. Both events are free and open to the public.

    The Obama team often plays Springsteen songs at campaign stops, believing his working-class themes go hand in hand with the president's message.

    The New Jersey-born musician also campaigned for Obama in 2008.