First Lady Michelle Obama came to Charlotte to stump for Clinton. She focused on connecting with younger voters and inspiring them that their vote matter.
"Trust me experience matters, preparation matters, temperament matters and Hillary Clinton has it all. She is the real deal," the First Lady said.
Michelle Obama never said Donald Trump's name but she pointed out to the crowd at the convention center her concerns if he became president.
"I remind people, Hillary has been a lawyer, a law professor, first lady of Arkansas, first lady of the United States, a US Senator, Secretary of State. See Charlotte that is why I’m inspired by Hillary that’s why I’m here," Obama said.
Michelle Obama said she is inspired by Hillary Clinton. But the Republican National Committee says this visit shows Clinton is failing to inspire younger voters she desperately needs.
“With 35 days left until the election, Hillary Clinton is still struggling to appeal to voters from the coveted Obama coalition who remain unenthusiastic about her candidacy. Unfortunately for the Clinton campaign, sending celebrities and now Michelle Obama to North Carolina only highlights the fact that she’s failed to inspire enthusiasm from the young voters she desperately needs to turn out come November 8th, said Kara Carter, RNC Spokeswoman.
Nikki Sawyer, a teacher at Evelyn Mack Academy said she doesn't believe that's why the First Lady came to Charlotte.
"I totally disagree I think it’s more of a unity to show support for Hillary Clinton because she supports the same policies that President Obama has and they want to continue what they’re doing," Sawyer said.
Sawyer brought her students to see the first lady speak.
"She inspires me," Carolina Horsley said.
Michelle Obama said there is no perfect candidate because they are human. But she emphasized how she is inspired by Hillary Clinton for her experience and persistence compared to her opponent. And she wants the crowd to vote.
"Back in 2008 Barack won North Carolina by about 14 thousand votes and that sounds like a lot but when you break that number down the difference between winning and losing in this state was a little over two votes per precinct," Obama said.
Mike Williams says Michelle Obama inspires him too. Before her speech he said he voted for President Barack Obama in 2008 and wasn't sure what he would do in 2016.
"I’m favoring more toward Hillary Clinton, but I’m still on the fence right now. I can tell you I’m not voting for Donald Trump," Williams said.
During her speech the First Lady addressed people's ambivalence.
"When I hear folks saying they’re just not feeling inspired in this election, I really have to disagree. Because right now we have an opportunity to elect one of the most qualified people who has ever endeavored to become president," Obama said, "If you vote for someone other than Hillary or if you don’t vote at all then you’re helping to elect her opponent and the stakes are far too high."
Williams took that message to heart. Afterwards the speech he spoke about voting.
"It’s very important in this election particularly that we’re getting out and voting we’re bringing other people to the trenches as well," Williams said.
The first lady asked everyone else to do the same.
"As I leave you Charlotte and go onto Raleigh my question is are you all with me?" she asked.
The crowd responded with a loud "yes."
Obama urged North Carolina voters to visit iwillvote.com to check their registration status and register to vote by the deadline or during one stop early voting which begins October 20.
The Republican National Committee released the following statement in regards to the first lady campaigning for Clinton:
“With 35 days left until the election, Hillary Clinton is still struggling to appeal to voters from the coveted Obama coalition who remain unenthusiastic about her candidacy. Unfortunately for the Clinton campaign, sending celebrities and now Michelle Obama to North Carolina only highlights the fact that she’s failed to inspire enthusiasm from the young voters she desperately needs to turn out come November 8th.” – Kara Carter, RNC Spokeswoman
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Complaints have circulated for years that Wilmington smells a lot like cat urine, and the state of North Carolina is finally ready to confirm it’s not imaginary. (Photo provided to the Observer courtesy of LegacyData2017)
The N.C. Division of Air Quality has received “several complaints about a cat urine-like odor” around Wilmington and it is investigating the cause...or causes.