Michelle Obama: Don't vote because 'she's cute'

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Michelle Obama says voters need to decide this election by examining the issues, not because they like a candidate or think "she's cute."

Obama spoke in Charlotte on Thursday morning at a women's round-table on economic issues. The crowd roared at her remark disparaging voters who might cast a ballot because of a woman's looks, a clear jab at Republican vice presidential pick Sarah Palin.

Obama tried to clarify her remark with a smile, saying she was talking about herself.

Obama said her husband, Democratic hopeful Barack Obama, is the only candidate to deal with women's issues. She particularly focused on equal pay, health care, affordable college and recruiting new teachers.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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