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Michelle Obama makes pitch for Hillary Clinton in new Florida radio ad



First Lady Michelle Obama will make her first appearance for Hillary Clinton's campaign in Florida -- not in person, but on the radio airwaves.

In a new ad that debuted Thursday, Obama urges listeners to back Clinton like they did President Barack Obama. It's the same message the Clinton camp has been sending to African Americans in swing states for several weeks; like those ads, the Michelle Obama spot will air in stations popular with black voters in Florida, North Carolina, Ohio and Pennsylvania.

"When you stood with Barack on Election Day in 2008 and 2012, you showed what it means to be stronger together," the first lady says in the ad. "And the stakes are just as high in this election."

After giving one of the best-received speeches in July's Democratic National Convention, the first lady is starting to hit the campaign trail for Clinton. So is her husband. Clinton needs African American voters to turn out in strong numbers to replicate President Obama's winning electoral coalition.

Florida remains neck-and-neck between Clinton and Donald Trump.

[Last modified: Thursday, September 22, 2016 8:35am]


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