From NBC/NJ's Matthew Berger
PITTSBURGH, Pa. -- Teresa Heinz Kerry joined Michelle Obama at a rally at Carnegie Mellon University today, saying she hoped the state would support Obama the way it had voted for both of her husbands.
"Pennsylvania voted for both of these good men," she said, referring to the late John Heinz, a former Republican senator in the state, and Sen. John Kerry, the 2004 presidential candidate. "And this election, I hope Pennsylvania will join me in casting a ballot for another great and good man, Sen. Barack Obama."
It was Heinz Kerry's first event on Obama's behalf; her husband endorsed him before the South Carolina primary. The rally was also Michelle Obama's first campaign stop in Pennsylvania.
With Obama now leading in the national polls, Michelle Obama said she has seen how the bar for her husband has been consistently raised this year, and how he has met each of the challenges.
"The irony is that's what's going on for regular folks in this country," she said. "The truth of the American experience today for many regular folks is that folks are trying to reach a bar that just keeps moving."
But, Obama said she still believes her husband is the underdog in the race.
"We are gonna need Pennsylvania," she said. "Because in this ever-shifting, moving bar, Barack Obama will always be the underdog. No matter how much money he raises, no matter how many wins he pulls together, no matter how many delegates he accumulates; he is still the underdog. It's the way it works."
Obama spoke to a group of about 600 people, a wide mix of students and community members. She was joined on the rope line after the event by Heinz Kerry, who earlier hosted her at a private luncheon.