Stevie Wonder, Dave Matthews, Pitbull and More Rally for Obama

Musicians aid president with final push in re-election campaign

Stevie Wonder performs at an Obama Campaign event in Cincinnati, Ohio.
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November 5, 2012 8:25 AM ET

A high-profile cast of musicians fanned out in support of President Obama at rallies around the country over the weekend as part of a final push in his re-election campaign, according to multiple news reports. John Mellencamp appeared with Obama in Iowa, Stevie Wonder warmed up a crowd in Cincinnati, Pitbull introduced the president in Hollywood, Florida, and Dave Matthews joined Obama Saturday in Bristow, Virginia, and yesterday in  Aurora, Colorado.

Wonder, who recently released a song for Obama, joked with the crowd in Ohio before he played "Sir Duke," saying, "You know, I've not looked at either candidate," then pausing for a wave of laughter as the joke sank in. "So it's not based on that, the color of their skin. But I must tell you, it's based on their spirit."

Pitbull didn't perform in Florida, but the first-generation Cuban-American did talk about "what my family went through to be able to appreciate the opportunity that this country gives me," and emphasized a sense of commonality.

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Dave Matthews performs at an Obama Campaign event in Bristow, Virginia.
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"We ain't got to worry about those that dislike and – I don't like to use this word because to me it's a bad word – but those that hate," the Cuban-American rapper told the crowd. "All we got to worry about is sticking together and doing this together, and that's what we're doing here today. So it doesn't matter whether we're, mira, Latino, black, pink, purple, orange, white, it doesn't matter, because we're all Americans."

Neil Diamond and Burt Bacharach showed their support a different way, according to The Hollywood Reporter, dropping by an Obama phone bank in Los Angeles to sing "Sweet Caroline" for get-out-the-vote volunteers making calls. Diamond stayed afterward to help with phone calls, tweeting, "Working the phones for Obama . . . If I call you, don't hang up. It's really me and I need you."

Also, Katy Perry played her third Obama event in Milwaukee yesterday, and Bruce Springsteen and Jay-Z join the president for rallies today. Election Day is tomorrow.

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