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COPY-UPDATE: Obama speaks to crowd of 18,000 in Madison

MADISON (WKOW) -- President Barack Obama made a stop in Madison on Monday, asking Wisconsin for his vote.

The president spoke to a crowd of about 18,000 people in Madison's downtown. Obama took the stage after Democratic lawmakers and a performance by music legend Bruce Springsteen.

Springsteen sang four songs including "No Surrender," "The Promised Land," "Land of Hope and Dreams."

Obama now heads to Columbus, Ohio, and Des Moines, Iowa, for campaign appearances.

Meanwhile, GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney is also making a final push for votes across the county. Romney planned stops in Virginia and New Hampshire on Monday.

Capitol Bureau Chief Greg Neumann will have full reports on the president's visit tonight on 27 News at 5 and 6.

Click here to see photos from the president's visit.


MADISON (WKOW) -- Madison officials say 18,000 people have gathered downtown for President Barack Obama's grassroots rally.

Democratic lawmakers took the stage Monday morning, ahead of President Obama and music legend Bruce Springsteen. Wisconsin's 2nd Congressional District candidate Mark Pocan, retiring U.S. Sen. Herb Kohl, and U.S. Senate candidate Tammy Baldwin spoke to crowd.

Around 10:30 a.m., Springsteen took the stage. After playing four songs, Springsteen introduced President Obama.

Watch our live video from the event on



MADISON (WKOW) -- President Barack Obama arrived in Madison overnight for his campaign event near the State Capitol on Monday.

People were already in line a few hours before the doors opened at 7:00 a.m. Several streets in that area are closed for the president's visit. Rock legend Bruce Springsteen will perform at the event.

After Madison, President Obama heads to Columbus, Ohio and Des Moines, Iowa.

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney will campaign in Columbus too, as well as Florida, Virginia and New Hampshire.

Watch the President's speech live beginning at 11:45 a.m. on

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