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Michelle Obama will make her 2016 campaign trail debut at Clinton rally

On Friday, First Lady Michelle Obama will hit the campaign trail for Hillary Clinton for the first time. The first lady is set to speak at a campaign rally at George Mason University in northern Virginia, less than a month ahead of the state's October 17 voter registration deadline.

Michelle will make the case for why voters who support her and her husband should also support Clinton. "Her focus will be on urging voters in key swing states, especially young people and African Americans, to register to vote, and be sure to cast their vote in November," said Michelle's communications director, Caroline Adler Morales. "The first lady's remarks supporting Secretary Clinton will be focused on the qualifications and demeanor a president needs, the values we hold dear as Americans, and our shared hopes for the future."

CNN reported Michelle is Clinton's "most popular campaign surrogate," with her favorability rating sitting at 60 percent. The last time Michelle spoke on Clinton's behalf was at the Democratic National Convention, during which she delivered a speech that was very well-received.