APPLETON, WI (WTAQ) - As the presidential election campaigns heat up, First Lady Michelle Obama held a rally in Appleton Friday.
Mrs. Obama spoke to a raucous crowd of about 1,000 in Alexander Gymnasium at Lawrence University.
"We cannot turn back now, not now. We have come so far, but we have so much more work to do. Don't we?" she told the crowd.
The First Lady called Wisconsin a key state to her husband's re-election campaign, during the approximately 30 minute speech.
Mrs. Obama talked about her husband's accomplishments in his first term as president. She also highlighted the Affordable Care Act, lending practice reform and the president's work to make college tuition more manageable.
The first lady also spoke about her husband's character, before asking the crowd to help re-elect him.
"As president, you have got to be driven by the struggles, hopes, and dreams of all of the people you serve. As president, you have to have a strong inner compass, you know, a core commitment to your fellow citizens and that's how you make the right decisions for this country; that's what it takes to be a leader," said Michelle Obama.
Earlier in the event, former U.S. Senator Russ Feingold fired up the crowd by saying that the Mitt Romney-Paul Ryan ticket is, “out of touch with reality.”
Feingold said Romney and Ryan, “think teachers have too much influence, but not big business.” And he said that if Republicans think they’re on a roll, “they’re wrong.”
Feingold is a visiting professor at Lawrence University, in addition to co-chairing President Obama's re-election campaign.
He and GOP presidential nominee Paul Ryan are both from Janesville originally. Feingold said he used to consider Ryan a “straight shooter,” but his speech at the Republican National Convention showed a, “tenuous relationship with the truth.”
Feingold was referring to the infamous line in which Ryan blamed Obama for the closing of the GM plant in Janesville – even though the company ended its production in the final days of George W. Bush’s presidency.