First lady: Obama knows what it's like to struggle

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  • First Lady Michelle Obama delivers a speech at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, North Carolina, on September 4, 2012 on the first day of the Democratic National Convention.(ROBYN BECK/AFP/GettyImages)
  • In this handout photo provided by The White House, U.S. President Barack Obama and his daughters, Malia (L) and Sasha, watch on television as first lady Michelle Obama takes the stage to deliver her speech at the Democratic National Convention on September 4, 2012 in the Treaty Room of the White House in Washington, DC. (Photo by Pete Souza/White House Photo via Getty Images)
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  • CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- First lady Michelle Obama says her husband has never forgotten how he started and knows what it's like for struggling families.

    The first lady' speech Tuesday night at the Democratic National Convention is focusing more on biography than on policy differences that President Barack Obama has with Republican nominee Mitt Romney.

    With the economy recovering so slowly, Mrs. Obama is seeking to make the case that actions her husband took as president reflect his desire to help others live the American dream. She cites payroll tax cuts and efforts to prop up the auto industry as examples of his looking out for working families.

    Mrs. Obama says that, at the end of the day, her most important title is mom in chief.

    Massachusetts governor takes aim at Romney record

    The current governor of Massachusetts has little good to say about his predecessor in that office, Mitt Romney.

    Deval Patrick, the Democrat who took over from Romney in 2007, tells the Democratic National Convention that while Romney is a fine fellow and a great salesman, as governor he was more interested in having the job than doing it.

    Patrick, a good friend of President Barack Obama, says that by the time Romney left office, the state was 47th in the nation in job creation and household income was declining. Patrick says Romney cut education spending and left the state with crumbling roads and higher business taxes.

    Romney talks about all the things he has fixed, Patrick told the crowd, but he said Massachusetts was not one of them.

    Emanuel says election will shape nation's future

    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says the winner of the 2012 presidential election will have an opportunity to shape the country for decades to come and he urged voters to give President Barack Obama a second term.

    Speaking Tuesday at the Democratic National Convention, Emanuel said Obama has tackled the tough problems - from passing health care overhaul to saving the American auto industry. The mayor said Obama's opponent, GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney, was willing to turn his back on Detroit and believes in giving tax cuts to the wealthiest Americans.

    Emanuel said the country needs proven leadership to deal with the inevitable crises and challenges it will face.

    Emanuel served as Obama's chief of staff until late 2010 when he left to run for Chicago mayor.

    (Associated Press)

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