First Lady Michelle Obama made an affectionate sales pitch for President Obama in an enthusiastically received speech closing out the first night of the Democratic National Convention. Like Tuesday night's other speakers, Mrs. Obama touted what Democrats see as highlights of the Obama presidency, including staving off an even worse economic crisis, 29 months of job growth, rescuing Detroit automakers, and promoting gay marriage and abortion rights. She also gave a personal testimonial for her husband, saying the presidency hasn't changed Obama but revealed his bedrock values. She was preceded by rising Democratic star Julian Castro, the mayor of San Antonio, who used his stirring keynote speech to argue that Romney doesn't understand middle class issues.
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