The White House on Wednesday dispatched First Lady Michelle Obama to help ramp up excitement among embattled Midwestern Democrats. It was her first time on the campaign trail since the run up to the 2008 presidential election.
"We have come much too far to turn back now," she said during her sold-out campaign events for congressional Democrats Bill Foster and Debbie Halvorson and hopeful Dan Seals.
Obama called Halvorson a "trailblazer" and said Foster was a "doer and a problem solver." She said Seals was prepared to be an
"outstanding" congressman who can "hit the ground running."
Tickets for the "Blue Illinois 2010" fund raiser at the Standard Club started at $250 and topped out at $30,400. Organizers said the event raised about $400,000.
For the second time in as many weeks, Democratic Senate candidate Alexi Giannoulias got the White House treatment. Obama headlined a separate fundraiser for him at the Club of Chicago.
"My husband can't do this alone. He can't do it alone. He needs leaders like Alexi right by his side," she told those gathered. "The way he’s running this campaign, a campaign supported by the folks who are actually going to be the people he serves ... I know he will be a phenomenal senator."
Tickets for that event begin at $500 (originally they were listed at $750, but that price was updated after some Chicagoans pointed out the President's event last week was less expensive than the First Lady's.)
Earlier in the day at a fundraiser and rally in Milwaukee, the First Lady joked that she has something in common with Wisconsin Sen. Russ Feingold: both often disagree with the president.
Recent polls show the three-time senator trails slightly behind his Republican challenger, Ron Johnson.
And with Michelle Obama's poll numbers 20 points higher than her husbands, it's obvious why Democrats are using her as their closer.
The First Lady will spend the night in her Kenwood home before taking part in Early Voting at a nearby community center. She then heads to Denver to campaign for Sen. Michael Bennet.