WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has Springsteen. Republican Mitt Romney has his sons.
They, along with dozens of other celebrities and elected officials, are blitzing through battleground states in the White House race's final days. Their goal is to give the presidential campaigns a daily presence in key states even when the men at the top of the ticket pitch for votes somewhere else.
But these surrogates aren't just viewed as a bonus by the campaigns. They're deployed strategically to help shore up crucial constituencies.
Bruce Springsteen and Bill Clinton, two heroes of the middle class, campaigned together last week in Ohio, where white, working-class voters make up about half the electorate. Romney has sent Florida Sen. Marco Rubio to woo Hispanics in his home state, as well as Nevada and Colorado.