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Springsteen rocks Obama rally

Bruce Springsteen called the Bush presidency “a disaster” and said many Americans have “justifiably lost faith” in the American dream.

The legendary rocker interrupted a seven-song acoustic set at a voter-registration rally in Philadelphia on Saturday to praise Democrat Barack Obama and bemoan the crises facing the next president.

“I’ve spent 35 years writing about America and its people and the meaning of the American promise — a promise handed down right here in this city,” he said. “Our everyday citizens … have justifiably lost faith in its meaning.”

Pennsylvania’s voter registration deadline is Monday. .

WASHINGTON

Clinton fills in for Biden

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton on Saturday called Republican presidential candidate John McCain not a maverick but a “mimic” of President Bush.

Clinton made the remarks at a Human Rights Campaign dinner, where she was filling in for Barack Obama’s running mate, Joe Biden. Biden canceled his weekend campaign events because his wife’s mother is ill. Clinton spoke by satellite from Los Angeles to the national gay rights group event.

SEDONA, Ariz.

Slow motorcade, fast food

Republican John McCain’s 10-vehicle motorcade was headed back to his family retreat in Sedona after several hours of debate practice Saturday afternoon when it made an unscheduled turn into a McDonald’s.

As an aide hustled into the restaurant, traffic backed up because of the blocked-off parking lot.

The aide soon emerged with drinks, bags of food and a Happy Meal and climbed back into McCain’s SUV.

From wire reports


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