Michelle Obama Speaks To Military Families In Jacksonville

Michelle Obama is telling North Carolina voters there is "only one candidate in this race" who will work to give military families the services and care they need.

Speaking to a crowd of military families near Camp Lejeune, the wife of Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama said Tuesday her husband backs the programs they care about -- including improving veterans' benefits and mental health care for troops.

Obama didn't mention GOP nominee John McCain by name during Tuesday's gathering in Jacksonville.

Many on hand for the event expressed their desire for Barack Obama to run the country, saying "I came out today because we need a change" and "I love Barack Obama and we need a change."

Some 1500 people were on hand for Michelle Obama's speech, chanting "Yes, we can."

One attendee said "I believe Michelle stands for military families so I believe in her."

"Barak and I see how the military is like a family for many," Michelle Obama said in her speech. "You fill in when services fail, from babysitting to untangling bureacracy to delivering bad news when you're doing it all."

Her visit comes as Obama works to win North Carolina's 15 electoral votes. The state hasn't picked a Democratic presidential candidate in more than 30 years.

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