Women's Vote in Presidential Race
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APPLETON, WI-- On the heels of his visit to Milwaukee this weekend, President Obama is sending his wife, First Lady Michelle Obama to campaign in the Badger state. With Ann Romney visiting the area earlier this week it seems women's issues are at the forefront of this campaign.
Political experts point to recent polls showing President Obama's lead over Mitt Romney when it comes to women voters, and say Michelle Obama's upcoming visit will likely widen the gap.
Wisconsin is a battleground state. Both President Obama and Mitt Romney are campaigning hard and putting their wives in the spotlight to help. Wisconsin saw a visit from Ann Romney in Milwaukee this past week.
"We know what mitt cares about. Mitt cares about people," said Ann Romney.
Now Michelle Obama will stop in Appleton this coming week.
Political experts say her visit can only boost obama's campaign.
"Obama is now ahead four to six points. In wisconsin it's about a six point spread by most polls. Among women it's twice that," said UWGB political science professor, Michael Kraft.
We spoke to women in Appleton to find out what issues they want to hear Michelle Obama speak on.
"Healthcare benefits, shildcare benefits," said Larria Elliott.
"I'm a teacher so education, and healthcare is pretty important," said Liz Schraufnagel.
"The economy," said Larrika Elliott.
But presidential candidates wives are not only in town to relate to women. Political experts say they often humanize their husbands, softening their image.
"At this point in the race I think Ann Romney has the more difficult task of trying to make her husband seem a little more appealing a little more caring," said Kraft.
With six weeks to go experts say this likely won't be the last campaign stop from either side in Wisconsin. At this point no further details on the First Lady's Visit, still no word on the day she'll be in town or the venue.