Michelle Obama takes campaign message to Arizona
May 1st, 2012
10:10 AM ET
2 years ago

Michelle Obama takes campaign message to Arizona

(CNN) - Michelle Obama waxed optimistic about the policies instituted by her husband and his political future during a Monday evening campaign stop in Arizona, a state that looks increasingly competitive in the upcoming general election.

The first lady highlighted what she called the achievements in the president's first term, including the start of an economic turnaround, health care reform, equal pay legislation and the killing of Osama bin Laden, while appearing before hundreds of supporters in Tucson.

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The Arizona stop is one in a series of campaign stops in likely 2012 western battleground states. Democratic representatives have appeared increasingly optimistic about the president's chances of winning the state that he lost by over eight percentage points in the 2008 election.

Discussing Obama's chances of winning the Grand Canyon State in November at the beginning of her remarks, Michelle Obama said "I know we are going to do it because of people like you."

She also gave a shout out to Ron Barber, the Democrat running in the June 12 special election to fill the 8th District seat left vacant by former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, whose mother attended the Obama event on Monday.

Next month's winner will be the incumbent in the November election for the newly-drawn Congressional District 2.

"I also want to recognize Ron Barber," she said. "He is going to do a fantastic job representing his district in Washington. We will be happy to have him out there."

On the eve of the raid that killed former al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, Michelle Obama asked the crowd "not to forget all this administration has done to keep our country safe and restore our standing in the world."

"I mean, thanks to our brave men and women in uniform, we finally brought to justice the man behind the 9/11 attacks and so many other horrific acts of terror," she said.

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soundoff (22 Responses)
  1. Etch-a-Sketch Mitt Is Soo Plastic he Makes Mannequins Looks Real

    Bless you Mrs. Obama, a real working mother, who is raising kids and working a real job at the same time; a lawyer, loving caring wife!!!

    May 1, 2012 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  2. SUBS 4 VOTES/Dutch Bad Newz, VA/GROVER NORQUIST IS A ENEMY OF THE STATE

    The FLOTUS knows her stuff. The Prez will win Arizona this time around. He came prettty close to knocking off McLame in his own state 4 years ago. Arizona needs to change their name to the "Papers Please State."

    May 1, 2012 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  3. T in AZ

    No chance, Romney will win AZ easily. Thanks for playing

    May 1, 2012 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  4. greg

    classy lady doing a good job talking about things she knows not about what she has been told. Smart lady in her own right.

    May 1, 2012 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  5. Etch-a-Sketch Mitt Is Soo Plastic he Makes Mannequins Looks Real

    Etch-a-Sketch Mitt Robmney character is fundamentally flawed!

    The rate at which this Etch-a-Sketch Mitt casually FLIP FLOPS and joking & laughing-it-up that making a gutsy call to put American troops in harms way in the killing of OBL, the United States No. 1 ENEMY as a no-brainer and taking a cheap shot a former President Carter, a man who served in the Army, just shows you how much this IDIOT is out of touch with reality!!!!

    Ofcourse, Etch-a-Sketch Mitt Robmney puts all his money his Swiss Bank accounts and the Caymen Island while spreading his religion in France as American soldiers are being drafted to defend the United States!!!!

    May 1, 2012 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  6. joyce

    She will serve Obam better than Ann will Romney

    May 1, 2012 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  7. Holla

    Michelle Obama dancing to the tone also. What do we expect! Good planning, and counting on her husband achievements. This country will be great and prosperous again under the President Obama leadership. Strongly believe in Obama/Biden 2012.

    May 1, 2012 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  8. Gimmeabreak!

    And I should care what Michelle has to say about ANYTHING? Why?

    May 1, 2012 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  9. luke,az

    Classy lady. President Obama deserves 4 more years just because of Michelle Obama.

    May 1, 2012 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  10. Rudy NYC

    She also gave a shout out to Ron Barber, the Democrat running in the June 12 special election to fill the 8th District seat left vacant by former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, whose mother attended the Obama event on Monday.

    Next month's winner will be the incumbent in the November election for the newly-drawn Congressional District 2.
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    Here's my question. If the seat is up for re-election 5 months later, why are the Republicans even fielding a candidate? Don't they have any class? Can't they at least show some respect for why the seat is currently vacant? Come on, Republicans. This one seat is not going to make a difference in any House vote between June and November. Running a candidate does not cast Republicans in the brightest light, if you ask me. It shows just how dark they really are down to the core.

    May 1, 2012 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  11. Publius Novus

    Michelle Obama is the finest First Lady since Eleanor Roosevelt. Go Michelle. Keep on doing what you do!

    May 1, 2012 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  12. Publius Novus

    @T in AZ. "No chance, Romney will win AZ easily. Thanks for playing." Mr. T, you must know something that no one else knows. The two state polls taken in April show a dead heat. Arizona State's poll shows Romney up by 2 (42-40). Behavior Research Center shows the President up by two (42-40). Both polls are within the margin of error. It may be that Romney will win in November. But the good guys definitely have a "chance." Arizona is definitely in play, and the GOP will have to spend money if they want to hold the state.

    May 1, 2012 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  13. Joi Gibson

    Woo hoo First Lady!!!

    OBAMA/BIDEN/FIRST LADY MICHELLE 2012!!!

    May 1, 2012 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  14. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    The State of Arizona has spent all their time only focusing on immigration and nothing else has created almost a Democrat majority in their local Government.

    May 1, 2012 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  15. Lynda/Minnesota

    OK, CNN. I can reword my comment. Not sure what was so offensive to the moderator: that I referenced the Ft. Stewart video clip showing truly awesome clips of our "soldiers", or that I take pride in our "men and women serving America", or that I suggested such pride filled service is an experience Mitt (and his five grown son's) will never completely understand?

    I'd like to thank Michelle and Jill for keeping all our "military" in their hearts and in their actions.

    May 1, 2012 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  16. Chipster

    @Rudy NYC
    You must be kidding! Republicans and "respect" don't even belong in the same paragraph. They have taken nasty, greed, and power-grabbing to levels we've never known before. But they cannot continue to do it if Democrats will get out and VOTE! We have a 14% turnout in the recent primary. What is wrong with voters? They will fail to vote and then grumble about the results. And often, when they do vote, they vote against their own best interests because of side issues (abortion, religion, racism, etc.) when no one in the GOP has ever attempted to do anything on these issues. They're nothing but props to motivate angry voters. Democrats! Get angry! VOTE!

    May 1, 2012 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  17. Four and The Door

    "I mean, thanks to our brave men and women in uniform, we finally brought to justice the man behind the 9/11 attacks and so many other horrific acts of terror," she said.
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    Finally someone in the White House giving credit to the guys who actually rode the helicopters and not just watching from a conference room in Washington.

    May 1, 2012 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  18. Time for another change

    Etch-a-Sketch Mitt Is Soo Plastic he Makes Mannequins Looks Real

    Bless you Mrs. Obama, a real working mother, who is raising kids and working a real job at the same time; a lawyer, loving caring wife!!!

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    Stick to your day job. Comedy writing is just not your thing.

    May 1, 2012 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  19. Four and The Door

    luke,az
    Classy lady. President Obama deserves 4 more years just because of Michelle Obama.
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    I'll cast my vote based on the candidate's capability for actually doing the job. There are a lot of Americans who need an improvement from the way things are now. Many of them haven't even been born yet.

    Romney 2012

    May 1, 2012 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  20. The Real Truth and Nothing But Real Truth

    Did she talk about how many of them were unemployed thanks to Obama? Or how Obama's administration has been harassing Arizona for enforcing the laws of this country that the Obama administration refuses to enforce? OR maybe the Obama administrations Fast & Furious fiasco that has our border agents being killed with guns supplied to Mexican drug cartels BY THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION???

    Yeah, didn't think so. In other words she's speaking to a screened audience of brainless Obamabots.

    And is the Obama campaign FINALLY paying for these costly trips instead of sticking it to the American taxpayer?

    May 1, 2012 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  21. BLKMANinAmerica

    I love Mrs. Obama, what a LADY. Best of luck and many prays to you and my President.

    May 1, 2012 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  22. The Real Truth and Nothing But Real Truth

    Rudy NYC – Here's my question. If the seat is up for re-election 5 months later, why are the Republicans even fielding a candidate?
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    Do Democrats ever fail to put up a candidate for an open seat? No. Why do you think the Democrats are automatically ENTITLED to this seat? The seat belongs to the people of Arizona and THEY will decide who represents them. So now Rudy proposes that the Democrat entitlement society even apply to House seats. Truly bizarre, and telling about the leftists thought process.

    May 1, 2012 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |