Michelle Obama Campaigns In Dayton

Jul 25, 2012

Michelle Obama was in Dayton Tuesday, promoting her husband and his policies. She told a crowd of about 1,800 at the Dayton Convention center that Barack Obama is building a stronger middle class, cutting taxes, and making college more affordable.

"We believe everyone in America should do their fair share which means teachers and firefighters shouldn't pay higher taxes than millionaires and billionaires," says Obama.

The First Lady also highlighted the President's health care overhaul as helping people get treatment and avoid financial hardships from bills. She says the upcoming election is about choice.

"And make no mistake about, this November we get to decide. Do we want these reform to be repealed or do we want the people we love to have the care they need? That is the choice in this election," says Obama.

At the Dayton Convention center, people held signs and cheered for the first lady. Many people were also happy to talk about what issues are most important to them in the upcoming election.

"He [President Obama] believes in education for everybody. That's the only way we're going to get back to where we're supposed to is if everybody has an education," says Sherman Holmes from Dayton.

"I think we've lost our democracy, one person, one vote, because of the influence of money," says Tom Harry of Centerville. "I think we can't get help with climate change and so many other important issues because the status quo is funded."

Some people in attendance said while they support the President, they were also excited to see the First Lady in particular.

"She's a very strong woman. I think she's  a wonderful role model for women, for families, as a mother, as a career person.. I would just say what's not to like about her?" says Lynn Buffington of Beavercreek.

Carolyn Horton brought her daughter and granddaughter to see Michelle Obama. She says it's important to teach her grandchildren about politics.

"I think she cares about people. She genuinely cares. I don't think that's an act because her husband is President. I think she would be doing this even if he wasn't. I love her," says Horton.

After the speech, the First Lady made an unexpected stop at a campaign office in Dayton’s Oregon district where she thanked volunteers and made phone calls to supporters. Ohio has seen a lot of political activity lately. The President, Vice President and Mitt Romney all made stops in the state last week.