Springsteen stumps for Obama

Published: Oct. 23, 2012 at 10:03 PM EDT|Updated: Oct. 28, 2012 at 10:21 PM EDT
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CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA (WWBT) - Tuesday marks the start of a busy political week in Virginia. Not only will both candidates for president be here, but so are some of their high-profile supporters.

Bruce Springsteen is one of those supporters. He was in Charlottesville Tuesday to perform for free in support of President Obama's re-election.

Springsteen is a big enough star, that he attracts fans from all walks of life. And despite headlining an event for President Obama, we caught up with some fans that put the politics aside, just to hear his music.

The entire event only lasted about an hour, and he only sang for roughly 25 minutes. But his voice and his presence were unmistakable.

"I believe in the promise land," Springsteen crooned.

It was the promise of hearing "promise land" in a unique, acoustic setting that led John Johnson to check out the free concert. He has tickets to see "The Boss" later at John Paul Jones Arena.

"It will be different Bruce show than with all the lights and that," Johnson told us ahead of time.

What Johnson wasn't interested in was the star's politics.

"It doesn't matter to me," he said. "It's about the music."

In fact no matter what Springsteen had to say, Johnson couldn't be convinced. He has already cast his ballot for president in North Carolina, and it wasn't for The Boss' candidate.

"I'm a Romney supporter," he told us.

But Johnson was in the clear minority in this group. Springsteen's message of support for Obama was received enthusiastically. It made many, like Ruth Jolley, love the rock star even more than she already does.

"He is really nice to do it and Mr. Obama deserves his support," she said. "I'm really proud of Bruce Springsteen and I'm really proud of President Obama."

And The Boss seemed happy the message was received. A message he repeated over and over again: Vote, especially if you're voting for my guy.

And in something you would never hear at a regular Bruce Springsteen concert, The Boss shared a "campaign song" he wrote for the president. It included an impression of the Commander-in-Chief.

See it, in it's entirety on

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