(CNN) – First lady Michelle Obama may not be a seasoned campaigner, but she is a veteran mom. And that, she says, has given her a wealth of experience for the campaign trail.
"You see, more than anything, I come to this as a mom," she told an audience at a rally for Sen. Russ Feingold in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Feingold is in a tough re-election battle for his fourth term in the US Senate.
Mrs. Obama is currently scheduled to campaign in 7 states between now and November 2nd. Two advisors close to the first lady say it is likely she will add more stops before the end of the month. Specifics about the additional stops are still being worked out and will depend on which candidates need her the most.
The first lady, who referred to herself as a self described mom-in-chief, said the challenges American families face have helped to shape her thinking. "I think about what it means for my girls, and I think about what it means for the world we're leaving for them and for all our children." she said.
Obama says there are real lessons to be learned from the children of the unemployed mother struggling to pay bills, or the father deployed to a war zone. Or even from the child attending classes every day in a crumbling school.
And while the comforts of the White House are far removed from the real hardships of everyday life, Mrs. Obama said her "first priority has been making sure that my girls are happy and healthy."
"That's how I see the world. And I think that's how most folks see the world," she said.