RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – One of Hillary Clinton’s most high-profile supporters visited North Carolina to help back her run for the presidency.
First Lady Michelle Obama made two stops, first in Charlotte and then in Raleigh, where she spoke at Reynolds Coliseum at N.C. State University.
The first lady talked about the importance of the millennial vote today, and a large number of college students were in attendance.
“In this election, it’s about making a choice between two very different candidate with very different visions for our nation,” Obama told the crowd.
She also said, “When I hear folks saying that they just don’t feel inspired in this election, I have to disagree because right now we have an opportunity to elect one of the most qualified people ever to endeavor to become president.”
She said only one candidate has the qualifications and temperament to be president, she said. She repeatedly criticized Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, but she never mentioned him by name.
“Being president is nothing like reality TV,” she said. “This is not an apprenticeship. It’s about whether someone can handle the awesome responsibility, do you hear me, the awesome responsibility of leading this country.”
Later, N.C. Republicans issued a statement about Obama’s comments:
“With 35 days left until the election, Hillary Clinton is still struggling to appeal to voters from the coveted Obama coalition who remain unenthusiastic about her candidacy. Unfortunately for the Clinton campaign, sending celebrities and now Michelle Obama to North Carolina only highlights the fact that she’s failed to inspire enthusiasm from the young voters she desperately needs to turn out come November 8,” said Kara Carter, the North Carolina communications director for the Republican National Committee.