Obama raises campaign funds in Chicago

August 12, 2012 8:19:19 PM PDT
President Barack Obama made his first comments Sunday on Mitt Romney's selection of Paul Ryan as the Republican vice presidential candidate while in Chicago for a series of fundraisers.

The Obama campaign figures it's going to be spent in the 86 days going up to this election. So, Sunday was about raising money with five different fundraisers, three of them in his own Kenwood neighborhood, all of them designed to raise in the order of $6 million.

It's been a while since the President was home and after raising some campaign cash, he went from a brief neighborhood stroll.

A bit earlier at his Kenwood home, Obama hosted some 200 supporters who paid $40,000 a ticket to spend a bit of time with the President.

"I've made it my business to be on the scene to be very supportive of him every opportunity I've had," said George Johnson.

"I think we have a decision to make as Americans and that decision is a real choice," Glenn Tullman said.

Choice is a word the President used frequently at an earlier fundraiser, the only one with a pool camera present. This was the President's first public opportunity to weigh in on Mitt Romney's selection of Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan as his No 2.

"I want to congratulate and welcome him to the race," he said. "Congressman Ryan is a decent man. He is a family man. He is an articulate spokesman for Governor Romney's vision, but it is a vision I fundamentally disagree with."

That opposing vision, Obama contends, is built in part on cutting social services, and continuing tax breaks for the nation's most wealthy.

"They have tried this before," he said. "They have tried to sell us this trickle down fairy dust before and guess what, it did not work."

The crowd at the Bridgeport Art Center is part of the Obama campaign's Gen44 effort, supporters largely under 40 years of age, a block that energized his campaign four years ago, though there's question as to whether their enthusiasm has waned.

"I voted for him," said Michael Roman. "I'm enthused as I ever was. I can only speak for myself."

Some here might have expected a more robust ripping of the GOP vice-presidential pick, but others suggest the President set a proper tone.

"Not gloves off cause we don't want to get down and dirty," Sheila Turney said. "We want to be about what's right for the country."

"I think it's important to get everyone back and riled up, motivated to go out and work," said Marquise Alston.

Monday, Obama leaves for Iowa, a three-day bus tour and more campaigning.


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