Michelle Obama Stops Off In Tyler

The line formed early at the UT Tyler Herrington Patriot Center, hundreds of East Texans showed up in support of Barack Obama.

Some came with anticipation.

"I voted down through the years, but I'm more excited to vote now than I have ever been in my life," said Cecelia Bates.

Others came with questions about the issues.

"The war in Iraq is significant, the economy is significant, the health care is significant," said Clyde Barrett.

And for some, it's their first presidential campaign as an active voter.  18-year-old Chance Wood said he wanted to hear Mrs. Obama speak simply for information.

"I want to know who to vote for," he said.

There were many questions and many issues that Michelle Obama wanted to be clear about.

"We've learned, first, that the American people are hungry for change.  They're hungry for something different, and they're ready to be engaged in politics in a way that they haven't been in a very long time," said Mrs. Obama.

For nearly an hour, Michelle Obama talked about the economy and education.

"Most folks just want to know that if they get up everyday and go to work--that they'll earn a decent living and support their family.  They want to know that they can send their kids to some decent public schools."

She also commented on the hot button subject of the war in Iraq.

"The only people sacrificing and compromising on a daily basis for this war--that we felt so desperately to fight--are the troops and their families."

They are issues Michelle Obama and other Obama supporters hope will unite the nation behind one candidate.

"If we want to move this country in a new direction, the only person who I think has a chance of doing that is my husband, Barack Obama."

Layron Livingston, Reporting  llivingston@kltv.com