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Springsteen a hit at Obama rally, but most came out for the President


MADISON (WKOW) -- President Barack Obama's campaign stop in Madison a day before the election brought out an estimated 18,000 people.

Some started lining up as early as midnight just to get into the event. And while many were excited to see the performance by rock legend Bruce Springsteen, most told 27 News the draw for them was the President himself.

Felix Giboney was there with his wife.

Giboney says, "Definitely the President. It's a once in a lifetime opportunity."

Cherie Miller and her family drove in from Mt. Horeb. Miller said, "I love Bruce Springsteen, but I am dying to see President Obama and let him know there are a whole lot of us here for him."

Springsteen's performance did create an electric atmosphere downtown. Jonathan Rosenblum from Madison said before The Boss took the stage, "What a day in Madison and Wisconsin to begin with the President and have Bruce Springsteen to join in and this is a chance to get right into the mood of a kind of narrative of the people."

At the beginning of his speech, President Obama quipped, "I cannot imagine not getting fired up after hearing Bruce Springsteen."

President Obama intended to get the crowd excited for Tuesday's election and ensure people vote, and he seemed to inspire his supporters. Patty Bois was waiting for him to talk about a certain issue. "He mentioned a 55-year-old who was going back to school on the GI Bill and I'm one of those and proud of it."

Claude Gilmore said he's already voted, but now he wants to make sure other people do the same Tuesday. "Tomorrow I hope to make some effort to help other people to get out and vote."

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