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Michelle Obama to kick off Democratic National Convention

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Crews in Charlotte put finishing touches on the Time Warner Arena before the Democratic National Convention kicks into high gear Tuesday night with First Lady Michelle Obama at the helm.

The public will hear speeches from First Lady Michelle Obama, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Governor Pat Quinn and 8th district congressional candidate Tammy Duckworth.

FOX's Nicole Collins report the president's better half has a pretty high favorable rating among Americans, and she's what most independent voters like about the White House.

The Obama camp hopes the First Lady can once again be a positive force for his campaign. She is expected to provide a personal touch when speaking about her husband.

Mrs. Obama took a walk-through of the North Carolina arena on Labor Day. She is scheduled to address the convention at 9 p.m. Tuesday. Mayor Emanuel will make his address in the evening, before the First Lady.

WATCH LIVE: Speeches from Charlotte - Democratic National Convention

Illinois delegates at the Democratic National Convention receive a set of talking points every morning, in case they get asked questions by reporters.

Yesterday a series of bullet points were placed on the delegates' chairs that include phrases like, "Republicans are trying to bury their unpopular ideas because they are political suicide" and "Republicans are promoting 'Fire Madigan' buttons in order to cause a distraction."

FOX's Doug Luzader reports President Obama is currently on a swing state tour as he makes his way to Charlotte, where he'll accept the Democratic Party's presidential nomination Thursday night.

Democrats in Charlotte celebrated union power in a state that hardly embraces it on Labor Day, but North Carolina isn't exactly a lock for either side.

President Obama took a quick break from the campaign trail to tour hurricane damage in Louisiana, but much of his holiday was spent in Ohio firing up the union vote.

"[It's] a day that belongs to the working men and women of America," Obama said, "teachers and factory workers, construction workers and students and families and small business owners.

Back in Charlotte, just outside the convention gates, Republicans have set up a rapid response center to counter the expected onslaught of attacks. Paul Ryan fired a shot at the Democrats by appearing in North Carolina - albeit about a four hour drive away.

"There's a little gathering going on over in Charlotte," Ryan said. "Heard about this? The president can say a lot of things, and he will, but they can't tell you that you're better off."

That's the line Republicans will press all week, trying to steal the spotlight from the Democratic national Convention. Advisers to the president told FOX News that he is tinkering with his acceptance speech to address this very issue. But the address is still a work in progress.

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