Michelle Obama: We're Underdogs to the End
By Peter Slevin
FORT WAYNE, Ind. -- Sen. Barack Obama may be pulling away in national polls, but his hard-driving campaign is not built for coasting, his wife Michelle Obama told a crowd in northern Indiana today. She urged them to keep pushing "because this isn't going to be easy."
"We are taking nothing for granted. Barack Obama will be the underdog until he is sitting in the White House," Obama told more than 2,000 supporters in one of the year's more surprising battleground states. Indiana hasn't supported a Democrat for president since 1964, yet is currently rated a tossup.
Before jetting to New York for tonight's presidential debate, Obama made a pitch for early voting. She also summed up succinctly the way the campaign has seen itself since last year's long march in Iowa, when the junior senator from Illinois was hardly anyone's favorite to reach the Oval Office.
"We always act like the underdog, which means you have to work harder and smarter and clearer," Obama said. "Every hour, every day, every minute, every second between now and election day counts."
Posted at 3:28 PM ET on Oct 15, 2008
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