First lady Michelle Obama speaks at UNCG
GREENSBORO, N.C.– First lady Michelle Obama spoke in Greensboro upon her return to the swing state of North Carolina to drum up support for her husband’s re-election bid.
Mrs. Obama spoke about several different topics, including her husband’s support for the Dream Act, ending the war in Iraq, and the need to keep the cost for education low.
“Back when Barack and I were building our lives together and so in love – we still are – but our combined student loan bill each month was actually higher than our mortgage. Now I know there are people out there who can relate to that, so believe me, when it comes to student debt, Barack and I, we’ve been there and that is why Barack doubled funding for Pell grants,” she said.
Healthcare seemed to be the issue that many supporters in the crowd cared about the most, and the first lady addressed that issue as well when she talked about the healthcare reform law her husband signed into law.
“Because of this reform insurance companies have to cover basic preventative care like cancer screenings prenatal care, contraception at no extra cost. Today they cannot discriminate against you because you have an illness that they call a preexisting condition,” Mrs. Obama said.
The First Lady on Wednesday was enlisting the support of the It Takes One program launched in July. Mrs. Obama spoke for about 30 minutes to the 2,000-plus crowd. She encouraged North Carolinians to become more involved in the campaign and to recruit others.
The event drew hundreds of supporters to Greensboro several hours before it began at 1:15 p.m.
Stephanie Street, a Greensboro supporter, arrived at UNCG’s Fleming Gymnasium at 5:00 a.m.
“It’s about history and politics, but to me, it’s more about history,” said Street.
For Valerie Murray, a college student, the enthusiasm behind her support for the Obama campaign stems from a personal story.
“I get financial aid, Pell Grants,” she said. “If he (Obama) didn’t extended the budget like he did, I’d have to do a lot more to try and get in where I am.”
Both the Romney and Obama presidential campaigns have made multiple trips to North Carolina, specifically to its third-largest city of Greensboro. In July, Ann Romney was in the city stumping for her husband.
For voters it’s clear the Presidential candidates’ wives are just as important to November as the candidates themselves.
“As my husband likes to say, behind every great man, there’s a great woman,” said Murray.
The post-Summer Olympics appearance is Obama’s first trip to the state since May, when she spoke at commencement exercises at North Carolina A&T State University.
Both the Romney and Obama presidential campaigns have made trips to North Carolina, specifically to its third largest city. In July, Ann Romney was in Greensboro stumping for her husband.
Obama is scheduled for an evening fundraising event in Raleigh. The event’s $250 tickets will go to several Democratic organizations.
Charlotte will host the Democratic National Convention next month.
Guilford County Sheriff’s Office is expecting to be involved in a minimum of 30 campaign visits to the area, as candidates prepare for November elections.
The Associated Press contributed to this report
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