Michelle Obama campaigns for Hillary Clinton in Charlotte

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- First Lady Michelle Obama encouraged voters to "sort through the negativity" when deciding who shod be president Tuesday in Charlotte.

Attorney General Roy Cooper introduced the first lady nearly 45 minutes later than expected. Convention says said they prepared for an expected crowd of 3,500.

The first lady began her speech detailing her observation and experience on the White House for nearly the last eight years.

She asked voters to ask themselves who is really qualified for the position and what qualities do they want in a president.

The first of which should be a president who takes the job serious;y; prepares and studies, has superb judgement, steady and measures and shows compassion, she said.

Though Obama never mentioned Donald Trump directly, she alluded to his comments at the first presidential debate.

"We need someone who is honest and plays by the rules because not paying taxes for years and years while the rest of us pay our fair share doesn't make you smarter than the rest of us," Obama said. "Hillary is tough. See I've watched her when she gets knocked down she doesn't complain, she doesn't cry foul she gets right back up."

The first lady also challenged voters to do more than "go to rallies and take selfies" but roll up their sleeves and get involved to register voters.

"I am here because I care about this country and I care about every last one of our citizens in it and I care about our kids. Hillary Clinton is that president. So from now until November we need to do everything we can go help her and Tim Kaine win this election," Obama said.