VIDEO REPORT: President Attends Morning Rally In Madison

UPDATED Monday, November 5, 2012 --- 11:55 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Bruce Springsteen plays four songs, does an impersonation of President Barack Obama and introduces the president before a crowd of 18,000 in Madison.

Springsteen took the stage around 10:30 a.m. Monday and joked about how early it was to be playing music, "particularly if you don't have a voice."

Springsteen played acoustic guitar and harmonica and opened with "No Surrender" followed by "The Promised Land." His third song had the refrain "Four More Years" and included the line ""So I came to Wisconsin looking for a date, we kissed and I said it was a hell of a state."

Springsteen closed with "Land of Hope and Dreams."

Springsteen and Obama were both also slated to appear in Columbus, Ohio, and Des Moines, Iowa, later Monday.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.

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UPDATED Monday, November 5, 2012 --- 10:05 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Tammy Baldwin says voters are being presented with two different visions for the future of America both in her race and for the presidency.

Baldwin was the last speaker at a Monday rally near the Capitol before rocker Bruce Springsteen and President Barack Obama.

Baldwin is locked in a tight contest with Republican Tommy Thompson.

Baldwin says the different in her and Obama's vision and that of Mitt Romney and Thompson is that the Democrats are fighting for the middle class and Republicans are looking out for special interests.

She says "we need a senator and a president who will fight for us."

Baldwin says the election offers a chance to "finish what we started."

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.

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UPDATED Monday, November 5, 2012 --- 10:05 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A Democratic Wisconsin senator who fled to Illinois last year to block passage of an anti-union bill says the crowd gathered on the steps of the state Capitol to see President Barack Obama reminds him of the massive protests over the union proposal.

State Sen. Jon Erpenbach invoked memories of the protests as he welcomed tens of thousands of people to the Capitol for the Obama rally on Monday, which also features rocker Bruce Springsteen.

Erpenbach says "We've been through so much this past year and a half in Wisconsin. And if it seems like we've had election after election, you're right. But we have one more to go."

Erpenbach is also known as a big Springsteen fan, having seen him many times in concert

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.

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UPDATED Monday, November 5, 2012 --- 6:55 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Thousands of people are lined up waiting to get into a rally with President Barack Obama and rocker Bruce Springsteen near the Capitol in Madison.

The stage for the rally is a block south of the Capitol, with its back to the city-county building facing the municipal building.

Air Force One landed at Dane County Regional Airport about 3 a.m. Monday in advance of the president's campaign appearance.

The appearance marks the third time in five days that Obama has campaigned in Wisconsin leading up to Tuesday's election. He was in Milwaukee on Saturday and Green Bay on Thursday.

Obama moves on to Columbus, Ohio and Des Moines, Iowa. Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney will also be in Columbus, Ohio Monday, along with Florida, Virginia and New Hampshire.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.

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UPDATED Monday, November 5, 2012 --- 6:05 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- President Obama has returned to Wisconsin for an early rally in downtown Madison.

Air Force One landed at Dane County Regional Airport about 3 a.m. Monday in advance of the president's campaign appearance. Rocker Bruce Springsteen will pump up the crowd at the outdoor venue later Monday morning.

Obama moves on to Columbus, Ohio and Des Moines, Iowa. Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney will also be in Columbus, Ohio Monday, along with Florida, Virginia and New Hampshire.

The candidates' schedules left little doubt where Tuesday's election will be won or lost. Obama was in Milwaukee on Saturday.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.

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UPDATED Monday, November 5, 2012 --- 4:10 a.m.

Air Force One landed at Truax Field at the Dane County Regional Airport overnight.

The President will attend a rally in downtown Madison Monday morning. Bruce Springsteen will be performing.

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UPDATED Sunday, November 4, 2012 --- 11:20 a.m.

From Madison Metro:
DOWNTOWN DELAYS/DETOURS EXPECTED: President Obama Rally
Sunday, November 4 - Monday, November 5

Due to a President Obama rally, Metro detours from the downtown area starting Sunday, November 4.

Buses will detour from a portion of State St., the Capitol Square, Doty St., Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., and Wilson St. areas.

Due to detours and expected crowds/traffic congestion, delays can be expected up to and past the end of the event.

Service is expected to return to the area sometime after 1 PM on Monday, November 5.

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UPDATED Friday, November 2, 2012 --- 6:15 p.m.

Press Release from the Obama Campaign:

MADISON-- On Monday, November 5, President Obama will deliver remarks at a grassroots event in Madison, Wisconsin with special guest Bruce Springsteen.

EVENT LOCATION:
Downtown Madison - the general admission entrance is at West Mifflin Street and State Street*

DOORS OPEN:
7:00 AM CDT Monday, November 5, 2012

Ticket Distribution Information for Members of the Public:
The event is free and open to the public although an online RSVP is required for entry into the event. Confirmation of your RSVP will be checked at the event; which you can either show on your smart phone or bring a printed copy.

Members of the public must visit www.barackobama.com/Madison2012 to RSVP.

*ADA Entrance is at East Doty Street and South Pinckney Street. ADA parking is available at the Government East Lot at South Pinckney and East Wilson Street.

If those wishing to attend the event need assistance RSVP'ing, they can visit local OFA offices for assistance found on our webpage at www.barackobama.com/WI.

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UPDATED Friday, November 2, 2012 --- 3:40 p.m.

STREET CLOSURES FOR PRESIDENTIAL VISIT

Downtown streets will be closed beginning Sunday, November 4th through Monday, November 5th.

Closure(s) starting 8 AM, Sunday, November 4th:
• The 100 and 200 blocks of Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard

Closure(s) starting at 11 AM, Sunday, November 4th:
• Main Street, Doty Street and Wilson Street, (all) from Carroll Street to Pinckney Street
• The entire inner Capitol Square
• The 100 blocks of W. Washington Avenue, State Street, Wisconsin Avenue and E. Washington Avenue.

Closures starting at 3 AM, Monday, November 5th:
• The 100 and 200 blocks of S. Pinckney Street
• The 200 block of S. Carroll Street
• W. Wilson Street between Carroll Street and Hamilton Street
• Inbound W. Wilson Street between Broom Street and Henry Street

Attendees of the event are encouraged to use Madison Metro and walk to the event as parking in the area will be limited.

Please use the following link to see a map of these street closures:

http://www.cityofmadison.com/trafficEngineering/documents/PresVisit2012DwntwnStClosures.pdf

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The City of Madison will provide Special Event parking at all City of Madison parking garages and the gated area of Brayton Lot to accommodate visitors for President Obama’s visit to Madison on Monday, November 5th.

The Special Event rate of $5 must be paid upon entry, and is payable with cash only. Special Event parking will begin at 6 AM at all locations. Visit our link bit.ly/cityparking to determine real-time availability for City-operated parking.

The Government East garage and the gated area of Brayton Lot will be used exclusively to accommodate DIS/VET parking. The Capitol Square North, Overture Center, State Street Capitol, and State Street Campus Garages (Lake Street and Frances Street) will be used to accommodate all other parking.

We encourage attendees from the Campus and Madison community to walk, bike or use public transportation, as there is limited space available in City of Madison parking garages. For public transportation route planning, visit Madison Metro’s link trip.cityofmadison.com/ to create your own route.

For any other information please visit our website cityofmadison.com/parkingutility or contact our office at (608) 266-4761.

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UPDATED Friday, November 2, 2012 --- 1:45 p.m.

Madison Mayor Paul Soglin released more information today about the President's trip to Madison on Monday. Here is his email that he sent to city employees:

President Barack Obama will be speaking on MLK Jr. Blvd. outside the City/County Building (CCB) and Madison Municipal Building (MMB) on Monday, November 5 between 9 and 11 a.m.

Security in the area will be increased on Monday morning when employees are reporting to work. It is expected that MLK Jr. Blvd., Doty, and Wilson and Main Streets will be closed beginning Sunday, perhaps as early as late morning. In addition, there will be no parking available in the CCB (except for law enforcement personnel) and the MMB lot. All vehicles should be removed from the lots by the end of the work day today. Parking will not resume until 2:00 pm on Monday.

Employees will only be allowed access to the CCB through the Carroll Street Entrance. Employees will only be allowed access to the MMB through the Wilson Street entrances by the loading docks. However, during this time, offices facing MLK Jr. Blvd. and Wilson St. will need to be locked and vacant with the blinds drawn. Adherence to this directive is imperative as the health and safety of our employees may be negatively impacted if we fail to enforce this directive.

We acknowledge that the atmosphere surrounding this event will likely cause a disruption in work, and we expect that employees working in the CCB or MMB will need to deal with many potential issues including delays in arriving to work, additional security, large crowds, etc. Employees working in the CCB or MMB should plan on the need for additional time in coming to work. Employees who do not work in the CCB or MMB should try to avoid the area unless they are attending the event. All meetings involving non-city staff should be either moved or cancelled if presently scheduled between 6:00 am and 1:00 pm Monday in the CCB or MMB.

Given the scope of this event and the relatively short notice, we fully expect some difficulties to arise, but we ask that you be patient and do your best to make this a positive experience for everyone involved.

Because of the proximity of the event, supervisors are encouraged to be as flexible as possible with employee requests to attend this event, including allowing employees to modify work schedules, combine breaks and lunch throughout the week, authorizing appropriate leave time, etc. Employees who wish to attend should ensure this is done on their own time and that they have obtained supervisory approval.

Additional work space is being set up at Monona Terrace for staff who wish to report there on Monday morning. Brad Wirtz is coordinating that effort.

Please make every effort to check your email throughout the weekend for further updates. Additional information on bus routes, parking and road closures will be released as soon as possible.

Thank you,
Mayor Paul Soglin

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UPDATED Thursday, November 1, 2012 --- 2:07 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Bruce Springsteen will be joining President Barack Obama for a rally in Madison the day before the election on Monday.

Obama's campaign spokesman Joe Zepecki confirmed Thursday that Springsteen will perform at the morning rally and introduce the president.

It will mark a return visit for Springsteen to Wisconsin's capital city. He also campaigned for Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry in Madison in 2004. That visit attracted about 80,000 people.

Obama's visit to Madison will be his third to Wisconsin over five days. He was in Green Bay on Thursday and he planned to be in Milwaukee for a rally with pop singer Katy Perry on Saturday.

Republican Mitt Romney was campaigning near Milwaukee on Friday.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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Posted Thursday, November 1, 2012 --- 10:45 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — President Barack Obama plans to hold a rally in Madison the day before the election on Monday.

The visit will be his third to Wisconsin over five days. He was in Green Bay on Thursday and he planned to be in Milwaukee for a rally with pop singer Katy Perry on Saturday.

The Obama campaign confirmed Monday's visit but did not release any further details.

Obama was in Madison in early October, the day after the first presidential debate, and attracted more than 30,000 people.

Republican Mitt Romney planned to campaign in West Allis on Friday.

A Marquette University poll released on Wednesday showed Obama leading Romney by 8 points.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.


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