First lady urges Ohioans to support re-election

DAN SEWELL Associated Press Published:

CINCINNATI (AP) -- First lady Michelle Obama is urging supporters to protect health care changes and other policies of her husband's presidency by working for his re-election.

She raised money for President Barack Obama's Democratic campaign Thursday in a reception at a downtown Cincinnati hotel. Before heading to another fundraiser in Louisville, Ky., she toured some of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center's exhibits about slavery and how runaway slaves reached freedom.

She says change is slow, but changes such as health care legislation have benefited millions of people. She says changes could "slip away" if supporters don't help the campaign.

Organizers said some 300 people were at the fundraiser. Tickets started at $250, ranging up to $10,000.

Republican presidential campaigns are in high gear in Ohio, which has a March 6 primary.