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First lady to make public campaign stop in Triad

Posted July 27, 2012 6:55 p.m. EDT
Updated July 28, 2012 12:23 p.m. EDT

— First Lady Michelle Obama will make a public campaign appearance Wednesday on behalf of her husband. She will attend a private fundraiser in Raleigh that evening. Campaign officials said Obama will participate in many "It Takes One" events as she travels the country, recruiting neighborhood team leaders, stopping by voter registration events and speaking to groups of women.

Obama will speak at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro's Fleming Gymnasium at about 1 p.m. Free tickets are available, on a first-come, first-served basis starting at 1 p.m. Sunday at Obama campaign offices in Burlington, Greensboro, High Point and Winston-Salem. 

The president's rival and presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney sent his wife to the Tar Heel state two weeks ago. Ann Romney spoke to supporters in Greensboro on July 19.

Both women are well regarded by voters in their own parties, and the campaigns are going all-out to use their appeal in ways that go well beyond the traditional presidential cookie bakeoff.

Obama was viewed favorably by 70 percent of adults in a May AP-GfK poll, compared with 58 percent for the president. She was viewed unfavorably by 20 percent, her husband by 38 percent.

Ann Romney, less well-known, was viewed favorably by 39 percent and unfavorably by 23 percent, while 38 percent did not know how they felt about her. Mitt Romney, better known, had higher unfavorable ratings than his wife. He was favorably viewed by 43 percent, unfavorably by about the same share of voters, with 13 percent unsure about him.