July 11, 2012 at 10:39 am
First Lady Michelle Obama, who has been playing a growing role in her husband’s re-election campaign, was greeted like a star at grassroots rallies in Miami Lakes and Orlando on Tuesday. At both rallies, Obama encouraged supporters to register to vote and volunteer for the campaign.
“From now until November, we are going to need all of you to get out there and tell everybody you know about how Barack is on our side, fighting for the values that we believe in and the vision that we all share,” the first lady told more than 2,800 people at her first campaign rally at Barbara Goleman Senior High in Miami Lakes.
Obama never mentioned Mitt Romney, instead focusing on energizing supporters and detailing her husband’s initiatives during his first term.
“Barack has said this election will be even closer than the last one. So he needs your help. He needs you to keep doing what you’re doing. He needs you to keep making those calls, doing that hard work knocking on those doors,” Obama said in Miami Lakes. “He needs you to keep registering those voters. You know, the ones that aren’t registered — you’ve got to get them and shake them. Find them, get them registered.”
Speaking before a crowd of more than 2,000 at her second appearance at the University of Central Florida, Obama reference President Obama’s recent executive order to stop deporting undocumented immigrants who arrived in the U.S. as children.
Her message was particularly relevant in Orlando, which boosts a rapidly growing Hispanic population,
“He knows and believes that it is time to stop denying responsible, young people opportunities in this country because they’re the children of undocumented immigrants. It’s time to stop that,” Obama said of her husband’s support for the DREAM act.
According to pool reports earlier in the day, Obama also made a quick surprise visit to the Blanchard Park YMCA in a mostly Hispanic neighborhood in Orlando.