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John Mellencamp Appears In Obama Radio Ads in Indiana

October 23, 2008 4:22 PM ET

As if demanding John McCain to stop using his music wasn't enough, John Mellencamp has lent his voice to a radio commercial in Indiana throwing more support behind Obama. "I've seen a lot of small towns, and now I'm seeing small towns across America dying," Mellencamp says in the ad, adding that eight years of George W. Bush has made it a tough time to be a Hoosier, while John McCain will only bring "more of the same." Mellencamp goes on to support Obama's plan to end tax breaks for companies that outsource their jobs overseas. "I'm proud to support Barack Obama, because whether you live in a small town or a big city, it's time for a change," Mellencamp says to end the minute-long spot.

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