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Michelle Obama rallies Millennials for Clinton in Pittsburgh

| Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016, 11:42 a.m.

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.

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.

Obama did more than cast shade on Trump; she gave Clinton a full-throated endorsement.

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."

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.

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