Michelle Obama tweets love to Iowa

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The first lady joined President Obama on the campaign trail Wednesday, the final day of his three-day swing through the key swing state.

The tweet was sent shortly after the first lady and the president returned to the White House late Wednesday evening.

“Because of you all, this state, the people in this state, our girls still think campaigning is fun,” the first lady told a crowd in Davenport, Iowa, on Wednesday. “Our family has so many great memories of our time here in Iowa.”

Michelle Obama has stepped into a key role in her husband’s campaign, using her sky-high popularity to appeal to female voters. She also highlights Obama’s likeability and widely respected role as a family man, qualities expected to play particularly well in the Midwestern state.

The White House has also pointed out the “special” role Iowa played in the 2008 campaign for the Obamas. Obama won an important and unexpected victory in the Iowa caucuses during the Democratic primary last cycle, and went on to win the state by nine points in the general election. But he could use a boost in the state this year, where recent polls show a nearly tied race with opponent Mitt Romney.

The first lady is helping him with that effort. She went on to tell crowds that she is “a little bit jealous” the president got to attend the Iowa State Fair without her, earlier in the week. Obama avoided the fried food the fair is famous for during his visit, but did drink a beer and eat a pork chop on a stick.

Romney’s recent choice for running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), also campaigned in Iowa this week, including attending the Iowa State Fair.