Michelle Obama repeated Wednesday the message she first brought to Fort Wayne in April: Indiana matters.
Obama spoke to a crowd at the Grand Wayne Convention Center on behalf of her husband, Democratic presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois.
The Obama campaign said more than 2,000 people were in the crowd.
Michelle Obama didn't stray far from the talking points the campaign has offered all year, except to focus on one that has come to the forefront in recent weeks and arguably pushed her husband ahead at the polls - the economy.
She referenced the working-class roots of her parents and Barack Obama's single mother. "The American dream" - and a mountain of student loan debt - allowed her and her husband to attend the finest schools, she said.
That dream has been threatened by the policies of the past eight years of the Bush administration, she said, but a Barack Obama presidency would bring someone to the White House who knows what it's like to struggle like an ordinary American.
"Barack Obama gets it. He gets it because he's lived it," she said. "Don't we want someone in the White House who knows what it's like to carry a little debt?"