Destination 270

SMU Students Analyze the 2012 Presidential Election

Jay-Z, Springsteen, and Ohio

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President Barack Obama pulled out two big guns for his last rally in Ohio. Celebrities Bruce Springsteen and Jay-Z brought out over 15,000 people for an appearance at Columbus’ Nationwide Arena.

Jay-Z and Springsteen altered hit songs specifically for the Obama campaign. Jay-Z changed his controversial hit, “99 problems” into a political jingle. “I got 99 problems but Mitt ain’t one,” he sang. Springsteen created a personalized campaign song for Obama, titled after the Obama motto “Forward”. Both superstars contributed to a large turnout of Democratic voters for Obama’s win in Ohio.



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