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Natalie Portman speaks at Obama event

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Oscar-winning actress Natalie Portman is in Cincinnati on Wednesday for an Obama campaign event.

Portman, as well as former Ohio First Lady Frances Strickland, spoke at the Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal. The two women attended the  "Ohio Women Vote 2012 Summit" being hosted by Obama for America.

Organizers say the summit provides women with the opportunity to hear how President Obama supports women and their families.

A standing ovation greeted the star, who made a trip to the Queen City to talk with women voters about how important they are to the upcoming election.    

"Ohio is so crucial to this election and women in Ohio will really make the difference between which candidate wins," said Portman.

Early voting starts in Ohio in two weeks, this visit follows President Obama's speech in Eden Park on Monday.

"It is very true that women in Ohio have a great stake in this election," agreed Judi Stoker, a registered Ohio voter. "And that's why I brought my seventh grade daughter, Olivia, with me, because I want her to see the importance of voting and the importance of this election in particular."

The upcoming election is personal to Stoker, who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2010.

"I'm on full disability and I am no longer able to work," Stoker explained. "Therefore, these issues and this healthcare is very, very important to me."

Portman is not a Cincinnati native but her grandmother, Bernice Stevens, lives in Hyde Park, according to Enquirer files.  Bernice Stevens is the widow of Art Stevens, the founder of Champion Windows, who gained local fame by being one of the first to do his own TV commercials.

"Every one of us has the power to make a difference, especially here in Ohio," Portman said.

Portman was asked who her grandmother will be voting for in November, to which she responded the life-long Republican may vote for the other ticket this year, but you'd have to ask her yourself.

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