Michelle Obama to Democrats: Get Hungry for Midterms

Monday, 28 Jul 2014 11:34 AM

By Drew MacKenzie

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First lady Michelle Obama is pleading with Democrats in a new video to be "more passionate and more hungry" as she pushes for a stronger voter turnout in November than in previous elections.

"These elections will be even harder and even closer than those presidential elections," she said in the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee video, which was sent in an email over the weekend, Politico reported.

"We’re talking about races that are won and lost by just a few thousand votes or even a few hundred votes.

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"When it comes to the midterm elections this November, we need you to be as passionate and as hungry as you were in 2008 and 2012. In fact, you need to be even more passionate and more hungry to get Democrats elected to Congress because these elections will be even harder and even closer than those presidential elections."

The first lady listed equal pay, immigration, abortion rights, and a minimum wage increase as the reasons why Democratic candidates needed to be elected.

In a clear swipe at the GOP, she went on, "My husband is working so hard on all these issues. But he needs leaders in Congress who will work with him, leaders who care about what is going on in your lives and who fight for you every single day."

Obama called on Democrats to show that they are "committing to vote" in 2014 by logging onto the DCCC’s new website 1millionvotesfor2014.com.

"Together we want to reach 1 million new voter commitments by Election Day, because it’s simple: You deserve a Congress that will work for you and your family," she said on the video, which was launched by the committee on Sunday, timed to coincide with the 100-day countdown to the election.

The video came out three days after a Democratic National Committee fundraiser she headlined in Chicago, where she attacked Republican special interest groups for pouring money into politics while also asking for the "fattest checks" to help Democrats get elected.

She was due to attend a private roundtable for well-to-do Democratic donors in Washington on Monday, according to The Hill.

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