Bruce Springsteen Narrates Ad Touting Joe Biden's Hometown Roots in Crucial Swing State Pennsylvania

Just days before the presidential election, legendary rocker Bruce Springsteen narrated a campaign ad for Joe Biden, speaking about the former vice president's roots in the swing state, which will likely have a major impact on the election.

This is @joebiden’s hometown. This is more than where he’s from. This is who he’s for. pic.twitter.com/6ZSK3dXY4H

— Bruce Springsteen (@springsteen) October 31, 2020

The video shows shots of Biden's hometown Scranton, Pennsylvania, while The Boss speaks about how the Democratic presidential candidate will fight for the people who currently live there.

Pennsylvania will likely be a large deciding factor in Tuesday's election. In 2016, President Donald Trump defeated former first lady and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Lackawanna County, where Scranton is located, and in Pennsylvania overall, according to PoliticsPA. Former President Barack Obama won the state in 2012.

In the narration, Springsteen channels the blue-collar, working man persona that made him so popular. "Here success isn't handed down. It's forged with sweat, grit and determination. This is his hometown," he says.

As the video continues, he uses the city as a representation for towns across the United States experiencing trouble due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic: "In Scranton, good times aren't promised, but here, and in towns across America, times are harder than they ought to be: lives on pause, dreams on hold, futures in doubt," he says as his Born in the U.S.A. track "My Hometown" plays in the background.

Springsteen continues, "He's running to change that. To give working people the shot they deserve, an honest living for honest work and a little peace of mind at the end of the day, because this place stays with you. These streets are part of him. This is more than where he's from. It's who he's for. "

The chorus to "My Hometown" plays as the video ends.

This isn't Springsteen's first campaign video for Biden. His track "Philadelphia" played in a Biden ad called "America Needs Pennsylvania." Another video features "The Rising."

Come on up for #therising https://t.co/ocbt1TfWcS

— Bruce Springsteen (@springsteen) August 18, 2020

As previously reported, Springsteen has voiced his support for Biden in the past. "I think if we get Joe Biden, it's gonna go a long way towards helping us regain our status around the world," he said in a Rolling Stone interview.

Additionally, he has been a critic of President Donald Trump. In a recent interview, he spoke about his worry for the possibility of Trump being re-elected. "I don't know if our democracy could stand another four years of his custodianship," he told The Atlantic, but he also expressed a "feeling of optimism" for the upcoming election.

Newsweek reached out to the Trump and Biden campaigns but did receive replies in time for publication.

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Bruce Springsteen performs onstage during The Rainforest Fund 30th Anniversary Benefit Concert Presents 'We'll Be Together Again' at Beacon Theatre on December 09, 2019 in New York City. Getty/Kevin Mazur