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First Lady campaigns at VSU

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ETTRICK, VA (WWBT) -

Virginia State University is still buzzing about a campaign stop featuring the First Lady, Michelle Obama.

The First Lady began by remembering the victims of Hurricane Sandy.

3,100 people packed VSU's Daniel's Gymnasium. It was full to capacity - some lining up as early as 10 a.m. Friday.

Michelle Obama charmed and exhorted young people to vote next Tuesday and to use their power and influence to get others to the polls.

The First Lady crafted a 25-minute pep talk geared toward re-igniting fire and enthusiasm that propelled young people to the polls in 2008.

She talked issues that resonate with the millennial generation including healthcare, women's issues, and college financial aid.

"Barrack knows no way he could have gone to college without financial aid."

She reminded the audience that Virginia is battleground and this election could very well turn on a handful of votes.

"When we win the precinct, we win the state. We win the state, we win the White House."

The take away for many was voting is a privilege - be a part of the process.

"I'm delighted and encouraged because whether you are a Democrat or Republican, you have to be involved in our system, that's the American way," said university president Dr. Keith Miller. "I am proud our students are doing that."

"Being a first time voter, I am honored to be voting in such an historic election, especially for the First Lady," said Cassandra Artis-Williams.

"It's a real honor to have her here at Virginia State and the city as well," said Michael Branch. "It inspires people to go out and vote."

"I as honored to be that close to the First Lady, especially to come down and shake our hands and talk to us," said Xavier Epps.

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