Michelle Obama rallies Millennials for Clinton in Pittsburgh
First Lady Michelle Obama spoke Wednesday afternoon at the University of Pittsburgh's Fitzgerald Field House as she ramps up her involvement in Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign.
Doors opened at 1 p.m. and more than 3,000 people - young and old - streamed in to listen to the First Lady.
Around the country, Mrs. Obama is addressing the one demographic Clinton most needs and has been struggling with: 'Millennial' voters under 30. Many supported Bernie Sanders in the Democratic primary; few seem excited about Clinton's candidacy, some say they plan to stay home on election day.
A recent ABC poll showed that while 75 percent of people over 30 years old said they were "absolutely certain" to vote in November, only 41 percent of millennials were that committed.
'If you don't vote, you are helping to elect her opponent,' says Michelle Obama. 'The stakes are too high.'— Donald Gilliland (@drgilliland) September 28, 2016
'Elections aren't just about who votes, but who DOESN'T vote.' Young voters provided margin of victory for Barack.— Donald Gilliland (@drgilliland) September 28, 2016
'Without young votes, Barack would have lost 2012. Difference in PA was 17 votes per precinct. That's the margin. It's going to be close.'— Donald Gilliland (@drgilliland) September 28, 2016
Michelle tells young voters 'Each of you could swing a precinct... you could also swing a precint for her opponent if you stay home.'— Donald Gilliland (@drgilliland) September 28, 2016
The First Lady delivered a tailored version of the wildly popular speech she delivered at the Democratic National Convention in July, in which she cast the election in terms of families and children, of hope and the values that define Americans.
In Pittsburgh - as she did at the convention - Michelle Obama deftly eviscerated Republican candidate Donald J. Trump without ever once mentioning his name.
'If a candidate traffics in prejudice, fear and lies on the campaign trail... regularly makes cruel and insulting comments about women...'— Donald Gilliland (@drgilliland) September 28, 2016
'That is who that candidate is... That is the kind of president they will be.'— Donald Gilliland (@drgilliland) September 28, 2016
'Once they've taken that oath, it's too late... Their words can start wars, crash markets.'— Donald Gilliland (@drgilliland) September 28, 2016
'It's obvious there's only one person in this race we can trust with the job, only one w the temperament: Hillary Clinton.'— Donald Gilliland (@drgilliland) September 28, 2016
Obama did more than cast shade on Trump; she gave Clinton a full-throated endorsement.
'When I hear folks say they don't feel inspired, I disagree... We have opp to elect one of most qualified people EVER to seek the office.'— Donald Gilliland (@drgilliland) September 28, 2016
Michelle says no-one has ever had such up-close exposure to the presidency, and yes, 'She just happens to be a woman.'— Donald Gilliland (@drgilliland) September 28, 2016
'Hillary Clinton is the real deal,' says Michelle Obama. 'We cannot afford to squander this opportunity.'— Donald Gilliland (@drgilliland) September 28, 2016
The crowd roared it's approval of Mrs. Obama.
Some had travelled across the state and stood in line for hours to hear her.
Eric Chatterjee, 20, is a sophomore at Duquesne. He said he has "a great deal of respect and admiration for the Obama family" and that he's glad Michelle Obama is speaking on Clinton's behalf.
"I think it's important that the important leaders in democratic positions are stumping for Hillary (Clinton), and (Obama) is that," he said.
Dan Arnold of York, PA brought his 12 year old daughter, Quinn, with him for the speech.
He said he thinks Obama is a positive role-model for young girls.
"It's about seeing an articulate, powerful woman who came from humble beginnings speak on something important," Arnold said.
Vickie Joseph of Wheeling, W.Va., came with three friends to see the First Lady speak after receiving an email from the Clinton campaign.
"I want (Obama) to get us pumped up," Joseph said. "She's a rock star and she's amazing."
Joseph said she hopes Obama's message gives her and other voters information to "arm ourselves and drive people to the polls. The more info we have, the better equipped we are to influence (other) voters."
Hope Sims-Medley, Chatham student on Michelle Obama's influence on voters pic.twitter.com/LCA6EHWXwd— Samson X (@spinal_tapp) September 28, 2016
Obama launched a television ad this week in which she says Clinton would be the best candidate for America's children.
"Hillary will be a president our kids can look up to … That's why I believe in her," Obama says in the ad.
Last week, a radio ad featuring Obama began airing in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Florida and North Carolina.
Pennsylvania is a key battleground state in the election, with 20 electoral votes at stake. Clinton held a sizable lead over Republican Donald Trump in Pennsylvania in the weeks following July's Democratic National Convention, but recent polls show her lead at 3 percentage points or less.
In addition to her Pitt campaign stop, Obama was slated to speak at Philadelphia's La Salle University at noon Wednesday.