First Lady Michelle Obama was back on the campaign trail this week, holding solo public rallies in the battleground states of Pennsylvania and Virginia. Thursday, she was at a campaign rally at the VFW Post 1503 in Dale City, Virginia where she defended her husband’s record on women's rights and the economy.
“Protecting women’s health is a mission that has nothing to do with politics,” she said. A Quinnipiac University released a new poll Thursday showed President Obama leading Mitt Romney 47 percent to 42 percent in Virginia.
Later in the day, she stopped at Mom’s Apple Pie Bakery in Occoquan, Virginia before attending a fundraiser at a private residence in Washington, DC.
Wednesday, the First Lady Michelle Obama attended a fundraising reception in New York City. The $250-per-ticket 2012 Women for Obama event was held at the Pierre Hotel with proceeds benefiting the Obama Victory Fund, a joint fundraising committee of Obama for America, the Democratic National Committee and several state Democratic parties. Caroline Kennedy as well as Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richard were in attendance.
She later traveled to Pennsylvania where she spoke to campaign supporters at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia. "It all boils down to one simple question: will we continue the change we’ve begun and the progress we’ve made, or will we let everything we’ve fought for slip away,"she said.
This was the First Lady's third visit to Pennsylvania, a state with 20 electoral votes which her husband carried in 2008 by 11 points over John McCain, 55 to 44 percent. He was the first Democratic presidential candidate to win the Keystone State since 1964.