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Watch Live Now: Rally in Wisconsin

eboard Posted September 28, 2010 at 8:18 PM
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Live right now—Ben Harper will soon begin playing for the crowd of thousands gathered to hear the President speak at the University of Wisconsin today.

Watch the rally live here.

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Photos: Madison Gets Ready for President Obama

eboard Posted September 28, 2010 at 8:18 PM
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It’s a beautiful fall day at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, where the campus is buzzing in advance of the President’s visit.

Check out some photos from earlier today:

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President Obama: “You can’t sit it out”

eboard Posted September 28, 2010 at 8:18 PM
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At today’s rally at the University of Wisconsin, President Obama will be speaking directly to the college students and young voters who helped power his historic campaign in 2008.

The President talked with college and university journalists yesterday about how important it is for people to stay involved in the political process, and how important it is to vote this November:

“What I want to do is just to go speak to young people directly and remind them of what I said during the campaign, which was change is always hard in this country.  It doesn’t happen overnight.  You take two steps forward, you take one step back.  This is a big, complicated democracy.  It’s contentious.  It’s not always fun and games.  ...

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Chairman Kaine Condemns Republican Obstruction of Legislation That Ends Tax Breaks for Companies tha

eboard Posted September 28, 2010 at 8:18 PM
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Today, Republicans in the Senate blocked debate on legislation that would end tax breaks for businesses the send American jobs overseas.  In response, DNC Chairman Tim Kaine issued the following statement:

“Today, every single Republican in the Senate betrayed working and middle class families by obstructing debate on a critical bill that would end tax breaks for companies that send jobs overseas.  The effect of that legislation would be quite simple: to keep American jobs in America.  But rather than supporting Democratic efforts to grow and sustain American industry and American jobs, Republicans are once again siding with big businesses – protecting special interests’ profits at the expense of American families.

“For much of the past decade, Republicans rushed to ...

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Ben Harper is Committed to Vote—Are You?

eboard Posted September 28, 2010 at 3:13 PM
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The stage is set for the Moving America Forward rally in Madison, Wisconsin. With curious fans and students milling around, Ben Harper took a moment during his sound check to talk about why he’s committed to vote in 2010.

“I’m here in Madison to beat back my own apathy and be proactive,” he said. “It’s crucial to get out and vote. If you don’t vote, you don’t have the right to complain.”

Harper added:

“I pledge to vote. I always vote. It’s one of the great American opportunities. And although I can’t sit here and tell you to vote, to be an active member of the community you’ve got to vote. Direct action beats bureaucracy nine times out of 10.

“Imagine if you ...

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