Aug. 30 - The first lady tells David Letterman that she is not watching the Republican convention. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Michelle Obama said she has not watched any of the 2012 Republican National Convention during an interview on "The Late Show with David Letterman" that aired on Wednesday (August 29). Obama however urged voters to follow coverage of both the Republican and Democratic conventions. "Well, no, let me start by saying I, as the wife of the guy they're running against, I tend not to watch it, but I think it's important for everyone to watch these conventions because this is the time you get to know the party, you understand the platform, you understand the candidates. You know, this is technically where the campaign begins, so I think it's very important for everyone to watch as much of both conventions as possible to make their decisions. I didn't watch it," Obama said. The First lady appeared on the show the same night as vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan presented himself to the American public in his acceptance speech at the Republican event. The White House said President Barack Obama is not monitoring the Republican national convention this week. But the president told several thousand mostly college-age voters on Wednesday that they should be watching the event to help them decide how to vote in the November elections.