First lady Michelle Obama will swing through the Allentown area Thursday to
fire up Democratic volunteers before the party conventions signal the official
start of the fall campaign.
While President Obama toured the Lehigh Valley in December 2009, it will be Michelle Obama's second visit to the Valley as first lady.
Michelle Obama will stop in West Philadelphia, Montgomery County and the Allentown area, according to a campaign official, as part of the campaign's "It Takes One" effort, aimed at motivating its army of grassroots volunteers to take their outreach efforts up a notch.
"That one conversation you have, that one new volunteer you recruit, that could be the difference between waking up on Nov. 7 and feeling the promise of four more years or asking yourself: Could I have done more?" Michelle Obama said in a YouTube video announcing the effort.
Details of the three stops, which will be ticketed but open to the public, are expected to be released later this week. The Obama campaign has opened neighborhood campaign offices in Allentown, Bethlehem and Easton. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has opened a volunteer office in Bethlehem.
The first lady is expected to "talk to voters about the president's accomplishments, what's at stake this election and the importance of registering to vote to make their voices heard in the election," according to a campaign official.
The Obama campaign spent most of last week talking about a report by the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center that determined Romney's plan to slash federal income tax rates by 20 percent would force him to strip the tax code of popular deductions, ultimately raising middle-class taxes.
The Romney campaign criticized the report as biased, and seized on a July jobs report that showed U.S. unemployment ticking up to 8.3 percent to hammer home its message that Obama has failed to get the economy moving after the Great Recession.
Michelle Obama last visited the Lehigh Valley in September 2008 when she held a forum at Cedar Crest College on helping military families. She was accompanied by Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden.
At the time, her husband was battling Sen. John McCain for the presidency.
Michelle Obama was in Philadelphia as recently as June, hosting a forum at the National Constitution Center that also aimed to fire up volunteers.
Obama leads Romney in Pennsylvania in recent polls, but the state remains key to the president's effort to win a second term. A Quinnipiac University/New York Times/CBS News poll released last week showed Obama with an 11-point lead over Romney in Pennsylvania among likely voters.
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