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First Lady touts Obama campaign in NC on final day

Associated Press Modified: November 5, 2012 at 7:00 pm •  Published: November 5, 2012
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It was her first visit to Charlotte since the Democratic National Convention was held in North Carolina's largest city in early September.

President Obama hasn't returned to the state since the convention and a visit isn't part of his final campaign schedule.

Whereas Republicans have claimed the president doesn't have a record to run on, Michelle Obama ticked off accomplishments from the last four years: getting out of Iraq, helping keep college loans affordable, putting health insurance within reach for millions of families, the death of Osama bin Laden at the hands of Navy SEALs and saving the U.S. auto industry.

She said supporters should remind potential voters of the president's accomplishments.

"Our economy was on the brink of collapse. The auto industry was in crisis. This economy was losing 800,000 jobs a month. A lot of folks wondered whether we were headed to a Great Depression. Here's the thing I want you to tell folks...tell them about the man who has been leading us with poise and grace," she said.

Saying there was still much more that the president hoped to accomplish with four more years, the first lady echoed the campaign's buzz words from 2008.

"What we have to realize is that change is hard. We know life is hard. But if we keep fighting that good fight, we will get there. We always do...Elections are always about hope."

That message resonated with Bill Anderson, a 34-year-old accountant. North Carolina has early voting and Anderson said he has already cast his ballot for the president. But he said he's reaching out to friends.

"This election is too important to sit on the sidelines," he said. "Every vote counts and, in my mind, I want to make sure that I did everything possible to help the president get re-elected."