Springsteen, Clinton to hit the trail in Ohio
Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band perform at Citizens Bank Park September 2, 2012 in Philadelphia. / Jeff Fusco/Getty Images
Updated: 3:10 p.m. ET
Bruce Springsteen and former President Bill Clinton will hit the trail together in Ohio next week, marking the latest in the Obama campaign's efforts to shore up a lead in what has become possibly the most critical battleground state in the 2012 election.
The two will appear together in a free, public event in Parma, Ohio, on October 18 where, according to the campaign, "President Clinton will deliver remarks and lay out a clear picture of the economic choice the middle class faces in this election."
He will also appear at an event in Ames, Iowa on October 18, according to the Obama campaign.
"Iowans understand hard work, fairness and integrity, the same values that Bruce Springsteen, the President and Vice President stand for," said Jim Messina, Obama for America campaign manager. "Springsteen's appearances will be valuable in energizing supporters and getting out the vote effort in these important swing states."
Springsteen isn't the only celebrity stepping up for the president in the face of what appears to be a post-debate surge by Mitt Romney: The campaign is also out with a new ad starring actor Morgan Freeman highlighting the president's commitment to the middle class.
"Every president inherits challenges," says Freeman, who narrates the ad in his famous baritone. "Few have faced so many. Four years later, our enemies have been brought to justice. Our heroes are coming home. Assembly lines are humming again."
As still images of the president, soldiers, firefighters cheering at the news of Osama bin Laden's death, and cars flash across the scene, Morgan continues: "There are still challenges to meet, children to educate, a middle-class to rebuild. But the last thing we should do is turn back now."
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