Michelle Obama with daughter Malia at the Iowa State Fair last month.
(CNN) – Michelle Obama has a message for women voters: Don't cast your vote in 2008 based on "whose turn it is."
“We are working hard to ensure to the women of America that Barack Obama is who we need," Ms. Obama said of her husband on CBS's "The Early Show" Friday.
"You know, some women just feel like, that it's a woman's turn," she added, regarding Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton." And people have said….that they just feel like, you know, it's Hillary's turn. That, I reject because democracy isn't supposed to be about whose turn it is."
Her comment is the latest from the spouse of a Democratic candidate directed at Clinton and other top rivals. In a Salon interview in July, Elizabeth Edwards said her husband John Edwards would be a better choice for women voters.
“[Clinton] is just not as vocal a women’s advocate as I want to see. John is,” she said.
Mrs. Edwards, in an interview with Ziff Davis Media published last month, also said, “We can't make John black, we can't make him a woman. Those things get you a certain amount of fundraising dollars."
– CNN Political Desk Managing Editor Steve Brusk