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Michelle Obama Rallies Blacks, Gay Supporters, And Hispanics To Vote

Michelle Obama spent Wednesday pressing key members of her husband’s base — African Americans, Hispanics and gays — to pick up their efforts on behalf of President Obama. In separate remarks before the African American Caucus, the Hispanic Caucus and gay-rights advocates from the Human Rights Campaign , the first lady made it clear that the groups will be crucial to the president’s chances in November. “We don’t have a single minute to waste,” she said. “We’re going to need every single one of you out there.”

The push by the first lady, who has emerged as the president’s most popular surrogate, comes on a day when organizers of the Democratic National Convention set a lineup of speakers to underscore President Obama’s work on issues important to black, Latino and gay voters. Among those tapped to deliver remarks Wednesday: Kamala Harris, California state attorney general, who is half African-American, half Indian, touted Obama’s work on consumers’ rights; Benita Veliz, a young woman brought to the USA illegally as a child, praised the president’s backing of legislation that would give young illegal immigrants a path to win citizenship by attending college or serving in the U.S. military; and former Charlotte mayor Harvey Gantt , the first African-American mayor of the Queen City .

In remarks before the Human Rights Campaign, the first lady reminded the audience of the Obama administration’s refusal to enforce the Defense of Marriage Act , the president’s repeal of the prohibition of openly gay Americans serving in the military and his endorsement this year of same-sex marriage. “We need you to work like never before,” she said. “I mean truly work like never before. We need you out there every single day between now and November the 6th. You see my face? I’m serious.”

She also noted that the president pulled out close victories in 2008 in Florida and North Carolina — two states where African-American and Hispanic turnout could be decisive. He won North Carolina by 14,000 votes — about five votes per precinct — and Florida by 230,000 votes, roughly 36 votes per precinct.

“We need you to get out there and get those 36 votes,” the first lady said. “We need you to get those five votes. And then when you get those five, get five more.”

White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett reminded the African American Caucus that the president knows the black community is the bedrock of his support. “The president is here because of all of you,” Jarrett said. “He stands on your shoulders, your parents’ shoulders, your grandparents’ shoulders. But there is still much work today.”

“We can’t go home and sit,” Waring said. “There were people back in 2008 that said he would be a one-term president. I don’t want that to be.”

Y’all “got his back?”




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