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First Lady visits Fountain, rallies supporters

By Joe Dominguez, Multimedia Journalist - Pueblo Chieftain Bureau , j.dominguez@krdo.com
Published On: Oct 10 2012 08:37:02 PM CDT
Updated On: Oct 10 2012 08:37:07 PM CDT

Michelle Obama encourages supporters in Fountain to back her husband because of his record in his first four years in the White House.

FOUNTAIN, Colo. -

First lady Michelle Obama was in Fountain on Thursday to encourage supporters to spread the word about why they support her husband.

In her 30-minute address, Obama said there are plenty of reasons to support Barrack Obama this November, including his work to create jobs and free up opportunities to pay for college through Pell grants. She also praised her husband for ending the war in Iraq and making the decision to kill Osama bin Laden.

"While we still have a long way to go to rebuild our economy there are many signs that we are headed in the right direction," Obama told the crowd. She also cited a rising stock market, rebounding housing prices and more than a year of private sector job growth.

The crowd called her speech positive and above the belt even thought she did have one stinger for the challenger in this race Mitt Romney.

"We know good and well that cutting Sesame Street is no way to balance our budget," said Obama. "Shortchanging our kids is not how we tackle our deficit."

The first lady said she anticipates a tighter race than when Obama was elected in 2008. She noted that her husband won in Colorado by 215,000 votes, less than 100 votes per precinct.

"That's a couple of people in your neighborhood," said Obama. "If anyone is thinking their vote doesn't matter ... I just want you to remember those 73 votes. The folks here in this building can absolutely swing an entire precinct for Barrack Obama."

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