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First Lady Rallies Democrats In Conn., N.Y.

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First Lady Michelle Obama holds a small child after disembarking from Air Force One upon arrival at Cleveland-Hopkins International Airport - Cleveland, OH - Oct 17, 2010 - Photo: SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images

First Lady Michelle Obama holds a small child after disembarking from Air Force One upon arrival at Cleveland-Hopkins International Airport – Cleveland, OH – Oct 17, 2010 – Photo: SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images

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STAMFORD, Conn. (AP / CBS 2 / WCBS 880) - First lady Michelle Obama spent Monday campaigning for Democrats in Connecticut and New York.

For the third time in about a month, Richard Blumenthal, Connecticut’s Democratic U.S. Senate candidate, was looking to the White House for campaign support.

Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal is seen at a debate with Linda McMahon in the U.S. Senate race - Hartford, CT - Oct 4, 2010 - Photo: Richard Messina-Pool/Getty Images

Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal is seen at a debate with Linda McMahon in the U.S. Senate race - Hartford, CT - Oct 4, 2010 - Photo: Richard Messina-Pool/Getty Images

Obama was headlining a fundraising event Monday at the Palace Theater in Stamford to stump for Blumenthal, in a close race with the Republican candidate, former wrestling executive Linda McMahon.

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The candidates are battling to fill the seat now held by retiring U.S. Sen. Christopher Dodd.

The first lady is the latest national political figure to stump for the state attorney general.

President Barack Obama, as well as former President Bill Clinton, came to Connecticut last month to help Blumenthal raise money and rally supporters.

Later, the first lady arrived in New York City, where she told supporters at a Democratic National Committee fundraiser that she views the world as a mother. She said her husband’s efforts to reform health care and improve public education are helping children have a brighter future.

Mrs. Obama noted that her husband had named two women to the U.S. Supreme Court and that the first piece of legislation he signed as president was to help women achieve equal pay.

The first lady appeared onstage with Vice President Joe Biden’s wife, Jill, and actress Sarah Jessica Parker, who hosted the event.

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