Obama rally to be held on MLK Boulevard

Springsteen will perform Monday
Obama rally to be held on MLK Boulevard

A campaign rally for President Barack Obama in Madison Monday will be held off the Capitol Square on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.

Obama is expected to speak mid-morning.

The event one day before Election Day will feature Bruce Springsteen and is aimed at holding onto Obama’s slim lead in the polls.

Obama’s visit to Madison will be his third to Wisconsin over five days, indicating the president doesn’t think the state is solidly on his side, University of Wisconsin-Madison political scientist Ken Mayer said.

“The fact that he’s spending so much time here suggests pretty strongly that they are not at all convinced they have it locked down,” Mayer said. “If they thought they had it locked down, he would go someplace else.”

Parking during the president’s visit will be extremely limited as several roads will be closed.


Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard from the capitol to Monona Terrace will be shut down starting at 8 a.m. Sunday for security sweeps.

At 11 a.m., Main, Doty and Wilson streets will all be closed from Carroll to Pinckney streets as well as the entire inner Capitol Square and the 100 blocks of West Washington Avenue, State Street, Wisconsin Avenue and East Washington Avenue. 

Monday morning at 3 a.m., the 100 and 200 blocks of S. Pickney and the 200 block of S. Carroll streets will be closed as well as inbound West Wilson between Broom and Henry streets.

Parking is available for only those with disability parking permits and veterans at the Government East Ramp.

Attendees are encouraged to walk or use Madison’s Metro bus line. 

A Marquette University Law School poll released on Wednesday showed Obama leading Republican Mitt Romney by 8 points.

The Madison visit is targeted at getting Democrats and young voters excited about the election the following day, Mayer said.

About 2 out of every 3 voters under the age of 30 chose Obama in 2008, poll data indicate.

Mitt Romney campaigned in West Allis on Friday.

Obama was in Green Bay on Thursday and he planned to be in Milwaukee for a rally with pop singer Katy Perry on Saturday.

Springsteen also campaigned for Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry in Madison in 2004. That visit attracted about 80,000 people.

Obama was on the UW-Madison campus in early October, the day after the first presidential debate. That visit attracted more than 30,000 people.