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Posted at 07:05 PM ET, 11/05/2012

Springsteen with Obama, Kid Rock with Romney: Campaigns deploy celebrities for last push

President Barack Obama and Bruce Springsteen in Madison, Wis. Monday. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP - AP)

In the final, frenzied hours to Election Day, the campaigns deployed their big guns to woo voters. Which explains how Bruce Springsteen ended up on Air Force One Monday.

For playing rallies in Wisconsin, Ohio and Iowa, the Boss and wife Patti got a lift from President Obama —the first time Springsteen has ever flown on the president’s plane. “It was pretty cool,” Springsteen told reporters on the tarmac. They hung out together in the conference room and chatted about a number of things, including the impact of Sandy on New Jersey. Then Obama called New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie during the flight, then put the Springsteen superfan on the line with his musical hero.

“It was great to talk to the President and even better to talk to Bruce,” Christie told reporters.

Katy Perry performs before President Barack Obama arrives at a campaign event Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash) (Morry Gash - AP)
Springsteen may have been the latest big name to join the campaign trail, but both the Obama and Romney teams sent their celebrity A-teams to pump up the base in key states. In Ohio Monday, Jay-Z customized one of his most popular songs: “If you’re having girl problems, I feel bad for you, Son. I got 99 problems but Mitt ain’t one,” he rapped. Obama also had Dave Matthews in Virginia, Stevie Wonder in Ohio, John Mellencamp in Iowa, and Katy Perry (wearing in a skin tight blue vinyl dress with “Forward” blazed across it) in Wisconsin.

Kid Rock and Congressman Paul Ryan last month in Rochester, Michigan. (Scott Legato/Getty Images)
Yeah, yeah, we know. The Democrats get all the biggest Hollywood names, but Romney has a few stars in his corner: Kid Rock was slated to be on stage at Romney’s New Hampshire rally Monday; Jon Voight, Meat Loaf, Patricia Heaton and Kelsey Grammer stumped for him last week.

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