DECISION 2012: Springsteen fires up crowd at Obama rally

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Bruce Springsteen is joking about how early it is to be playing music at a rally for President Barack Obama in Madison.

Springsteen took the stage around 10:30 a.m. Monday wearing a black vest and playing acoustic guitar and harmonica. He asked the crowd of 18,000 who waited hours in sub-freezing temperatures if they were fired up and they cheered in return.

He says, "It's certainly early to sing, particularly if you don't have a voice. Hello Wisconsin!"

Springsteen opened with his song "No Surrender" and followed up with "The Promised Land."

The stop in Madison was one of three Springsteen planned with Obama on Monday, the day before the election. He was also slated to go to Columbus and Des Moines.

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