MADISON — With about 24 hours left to go until the polls open up on Tuesday, November 6th, both the Obama and Romney campaigns continue to focus on battleground state Wisconsin. President Barack Obama has planned a rally in Madison for Monday, November 5th — the day before voters take to the polls — and he’ll have some star power along with him.
The Capitol building in Madison — which has seen so much political division over the past two years, will serve as a backdrop intended to show unity on Monday, as President Barack Obama works to energize supporters on the eve of the election.
President Obama’s visit puts Wisconsin in the national spotlight on the final day of the presidential campaign.
On Sunday, crews were hard at work, preparing for President Obama’s rally in Madison. Thousands are expected to flood the area surrounding the Capitol, and the two-block stretch on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, where Bruce Springsteen will perform and President Obama will speak.
“One, it’ll be the nostalgia of the last day of the presidential campaign. You’ll have Bruce Springsteen, which — that’s just cool enough, but again, making that last closing argument, putting forward your very best case of why Wisconsin should be in his column on Tuesday night,” Obama campaign spokesperson Robert Gibbs said.
In a one-on-one interview with FOX6 News, former White House press secretary Gibbs provided a preview of what President Obama will tell supporters Monday.
“That’s what we want to do one last time in Wisconsin is put his best case in front of the people of this great state — making sure they understand the decisions he made to get us out of this economic calamity. Building the economy day-by-day and how we can’t turn back. We’ve got four more years of hard work,” Gibbs said.
Meanwhile, in Madison, the anticipation is building.
“Just the excitement of having Bruce, and just what’s going to happen tomorrow is going to be great! Obviously we’re a swing state. We make a lot of difference,” Jackie Kaplan said.
Many remember when Bruce Springsteen played at a rally for Senator John Kerry. Gibbs says if Monday’s crowd is anything like 2004, it will project an image that the energy and enthusiasm is with President Obama hours before voters cast their ballots in the 2012 presidential election.
“This is one of the nine battleground states where the race is still being fought the weekend before Election Day. The President looks at Wisconsin as an extremely important place — a place he wants to put in his column as it was four years ago,” Gibbs said.
The last time President Obama campaigned in Madison (a rally at UW-Madison), he drew a crowd of 30,000.
Organizers won’t say what they’re expecting Monday, other than they’re expecting a large crowd.
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