WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.–– A crowd of nearly 10,000 roared as Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and First Lady Michelle Obama rallied together for the first time this afternoon. The "Get Out To Vote" event focused on encouraging as many North Carolinians as possible to vote down-ballot Democrat. Clinton made clear that this election is not just about her, the governor or the Senate races.
"Remember, it's not just Roy's name or Deborah's name or my name that's gonna be on the ballot. So much of what we care about so much that's at stake in the election is too," she said.
Clinton's remarks were centered around families, children and loving one another.
"We've gotta make sure all of our kids know that America has a place for you. That the American dream is big enough for you," she said. "And then we've got to make sure they learn the right lessons on how to treat people. We know that bullying is a real problem. In our classrooms, our playgrounds and online and teachers have reported that this election has made it worse."
Clinton's comments on bullying come as she released a new plan to help stop bullying in schools. According to a campaign release, the plan will give nearly $500 million to states so that they can put together a productive plan.
Clinton also assured the crowd that she will help United States citizens live the American Dream. But one of her best-received moments was when both Clinton and Obama praised each other and discussed their friendship.
Prior to introducing Obama, Clinton praised her, saying, "There are so many things that I admire about our First Lady. You know Michelle reminds us to work hard, stay true to our values, be good to one another and never stop fighting for what we believe in."
When it was Obama's turn to thank Clinton, she identified her as a supportive family friend. "If you were wondering, yes, Hillary Clinton is my friend. She's a friend to me and Barack and Malia and Sasha. [Former President] Bill Clinton and [daughter] Chelsea have been embracing and supportive since the very day my husband took the Oath of Office, so I am grateful for Hillary for her leadership and her courage and for what she is gonna do for this country," she said.
Obama added that there are two completely opposite candidates in the 2016 presidential race.
"One candidate has a vision that's grounded in hopelessness and despair," she said. "A vision of a country that is weak and divided, where communities are in chaos, our fellow citizens a threat. This candidate calls on us to build walls, to be afraid. And then there's Hillary's vision for this country."
Obama concluded her remarks letting the crowd know that every vote matters and that staying home is not the best option. "So Hillary has done her job. Now we have to do our job and get her elected President of the United States," she said.
Clinton and Obama's remarks resounded with three young North Carolina siblings. All three recognized that there is bullying occurring in their environment.
Eight-year-old Avery would like to see the way kids talk about each other change. "I think also with like the cuss words and stuff a lot of people are talking bad about stuff, and they’re saying not too nice words and I think that should stop."
Her sister Hannah, 10, felt that there is no need for people to talk negatively about one another. When asked how bullying could be prevented she said, "Well, we can be nice ourselves...and we can be a good friends to other people who need help."
Susan Best attended the rally with her newborn baby. She said that she supports Clinton because to her, family life truly matters. "In the workplace we need to catch up with the other countries in the world to make those stronger families, you know, 'Stronger Together [Clinton's motto].' Being able to have the support so that you can have quality childcare or you can take the time with your baby if you need to [is important]," she said.