Michelle Obama Campaigning as "Mom-in-Chief"

US First Lady Michelle Obama speaks during The White House Dance Series: A Tribute to Judith Jamison ceremony in the East Room at the White House in Washington, DC, on September 7, 2010. Michelle Obama invited world renowned dance companies to perform at the Administration�s first event celebrating dance. The White House Dance Series: A Tribute to Judith Jamison will honor Jamison for her outstanding career as an American dancer, choreographer, and Artistic Director of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater for the past 20 years. AFP PHOTO/Jewel Samad (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images) JEWEL SAMAD

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First Lady Michelle Obama kicks off her first campaign swing of the midterm season in Milwaukee, Wisc. on Wednesday, where she will tell voters that as "Mom-in-Chief" she feels compelled to get involved.

"As I travel around this country, and look into the eyes of every single child I meet, I see what's at stake," Mrs. Obama will say, according to her prepared remarks. "I see it in the child whose mom has just lost her job and worries about how her family will pay the bills. I see it in the child whose dad has just been deployed and tries so hard to be brave for his younger siblings. I see it in the child stuck in a crumbling school, who looks around and wonders, 'What does this mean for my future?'"

As CBS News first reported in August, Mrs. Obama will deliver her personal message to voters in critical battleground states. Wisconsin is where Democratic Sen. Russ Feingold is in a tough re-election campaign against Republican candidate Ron Johnson; President Obama rallied a crowd of more than 26,000 supporters at the University of Wisconsin, Madison last month in support of Feingold.

While Mrs. Obama has not hit the campaign trail since 2008, she remains very popular. A Bloomberg National Poll released today showed that 62 percent of Americans have a positive view of the first lady, while just 25 percent have an unfavorable view.

After hitting Milwaukee, Mrs. Obama will head to Chicago on Wednesday to attend fundraising events for Democratic Senate candidate Alexi Giannoulias, as well as for Rep. Dan Seals, Rep. Debbie Halvorson and candidate Bill Foster. On Thursday she travels to Denver, Colo. for a fundraising luncheon for Sen. Michael Bennet.

Over the course of the next three weeks, Mrs. Obama will also to Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio, where she will campaign with Mr. Obama. She also heads to Stamford, Connecticut; Seattle; San Francisco and Los Angeles. The first lady will also address a Women's Leadership Forum for the Democratic National Committee in New York City.

CBSNews.com Special Report: Campaign 2010


Stephanie Condon is a political reporter for CBSNews.com. You can read more of her posts here. Follow Hotsheet on Facebook and Twitter.

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