Springsteen: 'A world that challenges hopefulness'

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Bruce Springsteen performs at the Hard Rock Calling Festival, in London's Hyde Park, July 2012

Bruce Springsteen performs at the Hard Rock Calling Festival, in London’s Hyde Park, July 2012 (AP photo)

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Rocker Bruce Springsteen joined President Barack Obama at a rally in Wisconsin, playing the anthem “Land of Hope and Dreams.” He said Monday that after Obama ran on an optimistic message of change in 2008 he now faces “a world that challenges your hopefulness.”

Springsteen was spending the final day of the presidential campaign with the president, traveling with him on Air Force One and opening rallies for him in Madison, Wis.; Columbus, Ohio; and Des Moines, Iowa.

Aides say Springsteen sat with Obama on the flight to Columbus and discussed the recovery effort in New Jersey following the East Coast storm Sandy.

Springsteen joked in Madison that while he’s proud to be endorsing the president again, “that first debate really freaked me out.”

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