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UPDATE: Obama speaks to crowd of 18,000 in Madison

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MADISON (WKOW) -- In an effort to secure his lead in our battleground state, President Barack Obama made a final campaign stop in Madison on Monday.

It was the President's third visit to Wisconsin in five days and he brought a very familiar message along with him.

The President, his Wisconsin surrogates, and the rock n' roll legend who came to campaign for him, all conveyed the message that they are with the common person and the other side is not.

In between his set of four songs, Bruce Springsteen went beyond the message of his lyrics.

"I'm also troubled by 30 years of an increasing disparity in wealth between our best-off citizens and everyday Americans," said Springsteen.

U.S. Senate candidate Tammy Baldwin (D) echoed those sentiments, and urged the crowd to "triumph over the powerful."

"And remember, as long as you are in line before the polls close, you have a right to cast your ballot, so stay in line," shouted Baldwin, who holds a slight lead over Republican Tommy Thompson in the polls.

President Obama sounded less energetic and a bit more hoarse than he did at his first Wisconsin appearance in Green Bay last Thursday.  But he stayed on message nonetheless, relating his life experiences to those of his supporters .

"Don't tell me that students who can't afford to go to college should just borrow money from their parents.  That wasn't an option for me Madison.  I bet it wasn't an option for a lot of students who are here today," said President Obama.

And often criticized for his record by Republicans, in the end, its what he's asking voters to remember.

"I said we'd crack down on reckless practices on Wall Street and we did.  So, you know where I stand.  You know what I believe," said President Obama.

The President moved on to final campaign events in Ohio and Iowa, the other two states he sees as vital to clinching re-election on Tuesday.


MADISON (WKOW) -- President Barack Obama made a stop in Madison on Monday, asking Wisconsin for his vote.

The president spoke to a crowd of about 18,000 people in Madison's downtown. Obama took the stage after Democratic lawmakers and a performance by music legend Bruce Springsteen.

Springsteen sang four songs including "No Surrender," "The Promised Land," "Land of Hope and Dreams."

Obama now heads to Columbus, Ohio, and Des Moines, Iowa, for campaign appearances.

Meanwhile, GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney is also making a final push for votes across the county. Romney planned stops in Virginia and New Hampshire on Monday.

Capitol Bureau Chief Greg Neumann will have full reports on the president's visit tonight on 27 News at 5 and 6.

Click here to see photos from the president's visit.


MADISON (WKOW) -- Madison officials say 18,000 people have gathered downtown for President Barack Obama's grassroots rally.

Democratic lawmakers took the stage Monday morning, ahead of President Obama and music legend Bruce Springsteen. Wisconsin's 2nd Congressional District candidate Mark Pocan, retiring U.S. Sen. Herb Kohl, and U.S. Senate candidate Tammy Baldwin spoke to crowd.

Around 10:30 a.m., Springsteen took the stage. After playing four songs, Springsteen introduced President Obama.

Watch our live video from the event on www.wkow.com/live.



MADISON (WKOW) -- President Barack Obama arrived in Madison overnight for his campaign event near the State Capitol on Monday.

People were already in line a few hours before the doors opened at 7:00 a.m. Several streets in that area are closed for the president's visit. Rock legend Bruce Springsteen will perform at the event.

After Madison, President Obama heads to Columbus, Ohio and Des Moines, Iowa.

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney will campaign in Columbus too, as well as Florida, Virginia and New Hampshire.

Watch the President's speech live beginning at 11:45 a.m. on www.wkow.com/live.

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