Michelle Obama woos military wives in Kentucky

U.S. Sen. Barack Obama's wife, Michelle, met with wives of military personnel at Fort Campbell in Hopkinsville, Ky., on Monday, the second such round-table she's held with military wives. She said highlighting the struggles of military families and working with them will be a priority for her on the campaign and as first lady, "if Barack has the honor to become the president."

"We need to be more aware of the challenges these women are facing on the ground," she said. "I think it's so important for them to feel like they have a voice. We're taught as women to keep it all in and suffer and just hold it down. So having the opportunity to sort of get some of that stuff out and it gives me information I will definitely be passing on to Barack, about what these families are missing."

Michelle Obama said she's proud that her husband has stuck to his message of change and stayed "true to himself" during the long presidential primary.

"I think he will say there have been times that he's slipped and gotten into this tit for tat in ways that don't reflect what he feels is important," Michelle Obama said in a brief telephone interview with the Herald-Leader. "But I think when he found himself slipping in that direction, his conscience has pulled him out, and he's remained focused on presenting a message of hope and change and encouraging Americans to recapture their piece of democracy."

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