First lady touts her husband's record on economy during Kentucky visit

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - First lady Michelle Obama defended her husband's handling of the nation's economy as she raised campaign cash for him in Kentucky, a state that has given a cold shoulder to him in past elections.

Mrs. Obama pointed to sustained private-sector job growth and a declining unemployment rate as she stumped for President Barack Obama at the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage in Louisville on Thursday.

She told the crowd there's more work ahead to improve the economy.

She also praised the health care law championed by her husband. She said it has resulted in lower drug costs for the elderly and allows children to stay on their parents' insurance until age 26.

The fundraiser drew more than 1,000 supporters.

President Obama lost Kentucky by a wide margin in 2008.

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