US first lady Michelle Obama hits campaign trail for Clinton

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US first lady Michelle Obama hits campaign trail for Clinton

US first lady Michelle Obama has taken to the stage in support of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

She hit the campaign trail in Virginia, telling a crowd of students that their votes could mean the difference between a Clinton win – or a loss to Donald Trump.

Barack Obama won the White House in 2008 and 2012 with high levels of support from young people.

“It is excruciatingly clear that there is only one person in this election we can trust with those responsibilities, only one person with the qualification and the temperament for that job and that is our friend Hillary Clinton,” said Michelle Obama.

One recent poll has shown Clinton as having more support from people under 30 than Trump – but well below the levels Barack Obama achieved.

So, there is still work to do if she is to get more younger voters picking her over her Republican rival.

“I have been here since about 8 o’clock in the morning and we just waited all day. I did miss a few classes, but it was so worth it,” said one member of the crowd.

Another added: “The stakes could not be any higher. We need everybody, like we need really everybody to come out and vote for Hillary.”

Reporting from Virginia, euronews correspondent Stefan Grobe said: “At this point in the campaign, there is hardly a more effective surrogate for Hillary Clinton than someone whose name is Obama.

“Given the tightening polls, chances are we are going to see more of the first couple on the trail until election day. In battleground states like Virginia, it could make all the difference.”