(MILWAUKEE) — With the race in Wisconsin becoming tighter since Congressman Paul Ryan was tapped as Mitt Romney’s running mate, the White House sent out one of its big guns to help President Obama keep the state he won in 2008.
First lady Michelle Obama, who has become a bigger presence on the campaign trail as Election Day approaches, exhorted supporters at Bradley Tech High School in Milwaukee Thursday to keep her husband in office.
Mrs. Obama ran off a list of her husband’s accomplishments during his first term that included the passage of the Affordable Care Act, boosting college funding, reducing taxes on small businesses and ending the war in Iraq.
While the still weak economy is the number one issue of the campaign, the first lady emphasized that the election is about preserving the American dream.
Getting personal with her audience, Mrs. Obama said, “Barack knows the American dream because he’s lived it,” relating his childhood days that included being brought up by a single mother.
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