First Lady visits Cincinnati for fundraiser

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - First Lady Michelle Obama delivered remarks at the Westin Hotel on Thursday during a Democratic National Committee reception for 300 supporters.

The Reception was aimed at raising money for President Barack Obama's re-election campaign. Tickets for the event ranged from $250 to $10,000 a piece.

The First Lady arrived at Lunken Airport around 12:30 p.m. and spoke around 1:30 p.m.

Hamilton County Democratic Chair Tim Burke says Mrs. Obama had the crowd on its feet, rallying for four more years.

"They will have a ground game in place that won't be touched by the Republican candidate whoever that ends up being," says Burke.

Hamilton County Republican Chair Alex Triantafilou says her timing was expected and the GOP has plenty of "big shots of our own."

"The president's going to have a lot of work to do to get votes in Southwest Ohio and to win in Ohio. He's got to run on a pretty failed record so we don't think one visit from the First Lady is going to make a difference," says Triantafilou.

After leaving the Westin Hotel, Mrs. Obama toured the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center with Mayor Mark Mallory and the center's Director of Exhibitions and Collections, Dina Bailey.

"She asked a lot of questions, she was very intuitive, she felt that she interested and that she really understood not only the importance of what we talked about here but the museum field in general," says Bailey.

After the Cincinnati stop, Obama traveled to Louisville for a similar fundraising event.

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