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Friday, October 29, 2004

No retreat, no surrender

Photo courtesy of AP

"Facing crowds flowing five blocks deep, rocker Bruce Springsteen offered a passionate, and often poetic, pitch Thursday for the election of John F. Kerry, a fellow guitar-playing Democrat.

As he softly strummed his acoustic guitar on a picturesque autumn day here, Springsteen brought 80,000 Wisconsinites to an emotional crescendo with a lyrical call for social fairness, altruism and a Tuesday defeat of President Bush. It was vintage Springsteen, from the heart and distinctly heartland in its simplicity and touch.

'I believe the essential ideas of American identity are what's at stake on November 2,' he said, as red and yellow leaves sprinkled from the tree branches. Health care. Decent wages. Helping the homeless. 'A sane and responsible foreign policy,' the rocker said. 'Paul Wellstone, a great Minnesota senator, said the future is for the passionate. . . . The future is now, and it's time to let your passions loose.'

It was one of the most remarkable scenes of the campaign season, as college kids and old folks, disabled people and local luminaries crammed a straight stretch of West Washington Avenue ending at the steps of the state Capitol in the distance..."

-Jim VandeHei, Washington Post

Full story here.


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