CRESSKILL, N.J. — President Barack Obama is asking wealthy donors to help him close an "enthusiasm gap" with Republicans four weeks ahead of pivotal midterm elections.
Speaking at a small dinner fundraiser Wednesday, the president acknowledged that Democrats are at a disadvantage because of the high unemployment rate, which he said would inevitably be blamed on the party in power.
He said supporters should stay focused on the "long game" and chided them not to "start sulking" about Democrats' problems.
Obama made his comments at a Democratic National Committee fundraiser at the New Jersey home of Michael Kempner, head of MWW Group, a public relations firm in East Rutherford. The event was expected to raise $1 million, with 50 guests paying $30,400 each.
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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is heading to New Jersey to raise $1 million for Democrats as he plunges into campaign mode ahead of pivotal midterm elections.
Obama will speak at a small dinner later Wednesday at the Cresskill, N.J., home of Michael Kempner, head of MWW Group, a public relations firm in East Rutherford.
Tickets to the 50-person Democratic National Committee dinner were $30,400 each, the maximum individual contribution.
Obama headlined four DNC fundraisers last month, helping the party raise $16 million in September, its best monthly haul this election cycle. The DNC has been raising more than the Republican National Committee despite the down economy and the problems faced by congressional Democrats, who are expected to suffer significant losses in November.
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