Two days before he kicks off the next leg of the Wrecking Ball tour, Bruce Springsteen is spending today (October 18) campaigning for President Obama in Ames, Iowa and Parma, Ohio.  If you can’t make it to one of those events, Springsteen has posted a rare note to fans on his official website to explain his feelings about the upcoming election.

Among the points in his note:

  • He feels that all Americans should take issue with (alleged) voter suppression: “Right now the opposition’s resort to voter suppression in so many states is not receiving as much attention as it deserves. I believe that all of us, of whatever views, should be opposing these anti-voter, anti-citizen efforts.”
  • Support for other Democratic candidates, including Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio, and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts.
  • The increasing divide in wealth in America: “…With the benefits going more and more to the 1 percent. For me, President Obama is our best choice to begin to reverse this harmful development.”

“Right now, we need a President who has a vision that includes all of our citizens, not just some, whether they are our devastated poor, our pressured middle class, and yes, the wealthy too; whether they are male or female, black, white, brown, or yellow, straight or gay, civilian or military.” Read the entire message here.

In non-political Springsteen news, it seems that the Wrecking Ball tour will continue into 2013 – sort of. Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band have been announced as one of the headliners of Rock In Rio, along with Metallica and Iron Maiden. Rock in Rio takes place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and runs from September 13-22.

Brian Ives, CBS Local 

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