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First lady makes strong pitch for women voters

June 3, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — Michelle Obama attended a Democratic fundraiser in Boston on Monday as the party tries to reach out to women voters ahead of the midterm elections.

About 200 people, mostly women, attended the event. Democratic officials said tickets ranged from $500 per person to $32,400 per couple. The event was held at the InterContinental hotel near the city’s waterfront.

The first lady said if Democrats lose this fall’s midterm elections, her husband will face a tougher time trying to persuade Congress to act on his priorities, like raising the minimum wage.

“Barack’s last campaign was not in 2012, it’s this year, 2014,” she said. “If we lose these midterm elections, it’s gonna be a whole lot harder to finish what we started together.”

She also defended President Obama’s record on the economy.

“Just five years later, now that we’ve had 50 straight months of job growth, now that this administration has created 9.2 million private sector jobs and our auto industry has come roaring back — now that we’re here, it’s easy to forget where we started,” she said.

Michelle Obama also said a lot of women and minorities don’t vote in the midterms.

She said that those in the room and others who support the president “need to call them and remind them that the midterms are coming and we need to give them a ride to the polls to make sure they get there,”

She said that Democrats are 17 seats away from taking back the House, calling it “a doable number.”

The first lady said Republicans are even trying to block the work she’s doing on childhood obesity, which she said shouldn’t be contentious.

She also asked each person in the audience for a “big fat check” to help Democrats.

“It is simply not enough for us to have the best candidates if they don’t have the resources we need to win elections,” she said.

She was introduced by Massachusetts Democratic U.S. Rep. Katherine Clark, who said bills that would ensure equal pay, affordable childcare and paid sick leave “will never see the light of day” if Democrats don’t take control of the House back from Republicans.

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