July 18, 2008 in City

Michelle Obama stumps with Gregoire in Seattle

By RACHEL LA CORTE Associated Press
 
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Michelle Obama campaigns for Gov. Chris Gregoire on Thursday in Seattle.
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SEATTLE – Michelle Obama urged a Democratic crowd to elect leaders who will fight “for the world the way that it should be,” and said that the choices for voters are clear.

Obama said Thursday that her husband, presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama, and Gov. Chris Gregoire “share the same vision for this country.”

“The world as it should be is the world that Barack and Chris have been fighting for their entire lives, and they are doing it in a way that we haven’t seen before,” she said.

Obama spoke to a crowd of about 1,600 at WaMu Theater at Qwest Field. Gregoire was expected to raise about $400,000 at the fundraiser, spokesman Aaron Toso said.

“You already know you have a phenomenal governor,” Obama said. “You guys have it pretty good. My motto is, ‘Don’t change it if it ain’t broken.’ She has not just been a phenomenal leader in this state, but in this nation.”

She said that Gregoire’s work on issues like climate change, health care and education are examples of change that voters are looking for.

Gregoire faces a potentially tough race against Republican challenger Dino Rossi, whom she beat in 2004. Gregoire won that race by just 133 votes, following three vote tallies and a failed Republican court challenge.

Gregoire told the crowd there was no difference between her opponent and President Bush. “He’s so enamored with George W. Bush, he named his dog ‘Dubya,’ ” she said. “I feel sorry for the dog.”

Gregoire noted state policies on climate change, education and health care and compared them to what she said were the failed policies of the Bush administration. “Just imagine what we could do under a partnership with Barack Obama,” she said.

Gregoire endorsed Obama in February.

Rossi spokeswoman Jill Strait said voters “want a candidate who will fix problems in our state, not an incumbent governor who spends her time attacking her opponent’s dog.”

“We’re going to keep talking about issues that matter – like controlling spending, fixing our traffic congestion problem, and improving our schools,” she said in a statement.

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