Obama on Bruce Springsteen: ‘I Know He Can Afford’ to Pay More Taxes

November 5, 2012 - 1:00 PM

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FILE - This Nov. 2, 2008 file photo shows musician Bruce Springsteen, left, with then Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., at a rally at the Cleveland Mall in Cleveland, Ohio. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, file)

(CNSNews.com) – President Barack Obama told a campaign rally in Madison, Wis., that music icon Bruce Springsteen can afford to pay more in taxes.

Springsteen opened the rally for the president, who is seeking to shore up votes in the battleground state of Wisconsin the day before the presidential election.

“If we’re serious about the deficit, we can’t just cut our way to prosperity,” Obama said. “We’ve also got to ask the wealthiest Americans to go back to the tax rates they paid when Bill Clinton was in office. And by the way, we can afford it. I haven’t talked to Bruce, but I know he can afford it. I can afford it. Mr. Romney, he can afford it. Because our budget reflects our values, and it’s a reflection of our priorities.”