First Lady Visits Mason for Campaign Rally
More than 2,100 people came to George Mason University’s Fairfax Campus on Friday to see first lady Michelle Obama.
Obama spoke at the Johnson Center to campaign for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and vice presidential nominee Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va. She also encouraged those in attendance to register to vote before Virginia’s Oct. 17 deadline and to encourage others to do the same.
Also speaking at the event were U.S. Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va., Rep. Bobby Scott, D-Va., Virginia’s first lady Dorothy McAuliffe, and interim chair of the Democratic National Committee, Donna Brazile.
Charity White, a Mason field organizer, told the crowd that her goal was to have everyone in attendance register to vote, and urged them to find field organizers at the event so they could do so immediately.
Senior computer science major Henry Lopez, an Honors College student whose family came to the U.S. from Guatemala when he was 4, introduced Obama to the crowd.
Obama spoke for about 25 minutes, comparing the current uncertainty among the electorate with the uncertainty that many felt after Barack Obama was elected, and laying out her reasons for supporting Clinton.
She also urged students to participate in the election process.
“It’s not enough to just come to a rally, just get a few selfies, it’s not enough to just get angry, and just speak out. We also have to work and make that change and take action, and that starts with electing folks who will stand with you and fight with you. And that’s why you need to get yourself and everyone you know registered to vote.”
Several high-profile candidates have visited Mason to get their message out to students and the community. Clinton hosted a rally on campus on Feb. 29, the day before Virginia’s primary vote. Ohio Gov. John Kasich, a Republican presidential hopeful, came to Mason a week before Clinton. Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders hosted a national student town hall meeting at Mason in October.
For more information about voter registration, call the Virginia Department of Elections at 1-800-552-9745 (TTY: 711).