Bexley found itself at the center of the presidential campaign again last week.

Bexley found itself at the center of the presidential campaign again last week.

Michelle Obama, the wife of Democrat presidential nominee Barack Obama, spoke at a rally at Capital University last Friday, just weeks after Republican candidate John McCain's appearance at the school.

Michelle Obama visited the arena at the Capital Center to discuss the importance of early voting in Ohio and to educate the crowd on her husband's plans, noting that he "gets it" and understands how to be president.

While Obama was in Bexley, her husband took a break from the campaign trail to visit his ailing 85-year-old grandmother in Hawaii, where the presidential hopeful was raised.

Obama was introduced by Nancy Garland, the Democratic candidate for the 20th Ohio House district, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown and east-side field organizer for the Obama campaign Clifton Williams III, among others. They all urged voters to drive to Veterans Memorial on West Broad Street after the rally and cast their ballots.

Ohio first lady Frances Strickland also addressed the crowd before Obama about the importance of Ohio's support for the Democratic candidate.

"I have a special place in my heart for spouses of politicians," Strickland said, jokingly.

Michelle Obama entered the arena to chants of "We love you, Michelle."

"The choice is clear," she said. "Our job now is that we have to put him in the White House. Barack Obama will be the underdog until the day he is sitting in the Oval Office."

Obama also encouraged people to vote early so they could help drive others to the polls on Nov. 4.

"It's about changing the way we view our role in democracy," she said. "Your voice matters."

Tom Foody, who lives on Drexel Avenue in Bexley, said he attended the rally because he thinks Michelle Obama is an impressive person.

"Everything she said was so positive," Foody said. "That is the kind of political rally we should have."

Foody and his wife, Sue, both said they think the city of Bexley will lean toward Obama at the polls Nov. 4.

"You drive around and you see a ton of Obama signs," Sue Foody said.

Strickland said she thinks Bexley has been a main stop for both parties because of the type of people who live in the city.

McCain and Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin spoke at Capital on Sept. 29, independent candidate Ralph Nader spoke at the Drexel Theatre on Oct. 8 and Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., addressed patrons at Cup O' Joe on Main Street on Oct. 12.

"Bexley is a very important area," the first lady said. "I think some of the most forward-thinking people live in Bexley."

Cassady Avenue resident Jean Krum said she left work to attend the Michelle Obama rally.

"I understand Columbus, but we've been very lucky here in Bexley," Krum said about the candidate visits.

Amy Jo Eulberg-Taylor, who lives on Pleasant Ridge Avenue, agrees with Strickland about Bexley's place in the election.

"There is a lot of perceived power here," she said. "I really do think this is going to be Obama."

Capital University junior Shantel Stevenson, who is originally from Lexington, Ky., said she was glad she could attend the rally, because she thinks Michelle Obama is inspirational.

She said she didn't see McCain when he spoke at the school Sept. 29, because she had to attend class and knew she was supporting Obama for president.

"As a junior in college, I want to get a good job," Stevenson said. "With Obama in office, this will be much more possible."