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Springsteen Holds Free Concert to Rally for Obama

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Bruce Springsteen headlined a free concert Tuesday afternoon on Charlottesville's downtown mall. 

He's trying to energize voters and get them out to the polls on Election Day to cast a ballot for President Barack Obama.

There were 5,000 people packed into the nTelos Wireless Pavilion to listen to what "The Boss" had to say - a message not only to vote, but to vote for Obama.

Springsteen fired up a massive crowd at the pavilion in downtown Charlottesville Tuesday, putting his star power behind President Obama through both words and tunes. 

"I believe he has the strength, the commitment, the vision to live those days with us and to carry us forward," Springsteen said. 

Springsteen laid out the issues at stake in this presidential election: women's rights, health care, and a growing gap between classes.  

"If we marginalize many of our citizens, their talents, their voices, their energies will go unfound, unheard," he said.  "We will lose their contribution to this great land of ours and will set ourselves on the road to decline."

Thousands stood in a line that snaked down the mall to see "The Boss" and throw their support behind Obama.

"He's done a lot to turn the country around in the last four years, and I want to see him continue," said Obama supporter Rebecca Pelton.  "So onward. Forward. Here we go." 

Veteran brothers Eli and Seth Lovell, of Charlottesville, shared their story with the crowd telling people Republican Mitt Romney wants to politicize the Army and "play battleship".  The twins were recently featured in a YouTube video put together by the Obama campaign.  

Seth said he's "just honored to do anything I can to help the president get re-elected."    

With just two weeks until Election Day, the push to cast a ballot is very clear.  Springsteen said, "Our vote is the one principal way we get to change and determine that equation."

Springsteen will play to a sold-out crowd Tuesday night at the John Paul Jones Arena.  Obama himself will be back in Virginia on Thursday.

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