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Obama Wrapping up California Fundraising Trip

Saturday, 11 Oct 2014 07:28 AM

President Barack Obama is wrapping up a week that took him to both coasts to raise campaign money for fellow Democrats.

On Saturday, he was to hold his fourth California fundraiser in three days. Democratic officials said the president will attend a "roundtable" discussion at a private home in San Francisco with about 25 supporters who paid up to $32,400 for the privilege. The event is closed to media coverage.

Next week will bring more of the same for Obama, including his long-anticipated, first appearance at a campaign rally this election cycle. He'll appear at an event Wednesday in Bridgeport, Connecticut, to boost Gov. Dannel Malloy and other state Democrats. Malloy is in a tight re-election race in a state Obama won easily in 2012.

Obama has been working hard all year to help raise money for Democratic congressional and gubernatorial candidates. But his low approval ratings — in the low 40s, according to recent polls — so far have kept him off the campaign trail as candidates, especially those from states where Obama lost, have avoided appearing with him.

But it has been expected that Obama, unpopular or not, would have to step up his involvement in the final weeks before the Nov. 4 elections, in which control of the Senate will be the night's biggest prize. Democrats are currently in charge of the chamber, but Republicans can put themselves back at the helm by picking up just six seats.

The political party that controls the White House historically loses seats in Congress in the midterm election of the president's second term, history that hardly favors an incumbent nearing the end of six years in office. Obama has chastised core Democratic constituencies for turning away from politics in years without a presidential election but also has appealed to them to snap out of their midterm election slumber and head to the polls next month to vote.

"If young people vote, if women vote, if people of color vote, if people who care about the environment vote, if people who care about LGBT rights vote, that's a majority," Obama told about 300 supporters at a Democratic National Committee event in San Francisco on Friday night.

"We're going to have to feel the same sense of urgency as we do during presidential elections. If we do that, then we're going to keep the Senate Democratic," he said.

Obama returns to the White House on Saturday after spending the past three days in California, mostly for fundraising. His schedule for the coming week is packed with more political events.

On Tuesday, he'll help raise money in the Washington area for Democratic House candidates.

On Wednesday, before heading to the Connecticut rally, Obama planned to travel to Union, New Jersey, to help raise money for Democratic Senate candidates.

He travels to New York's Long Island on Thursday to headline a Democratic National Committee event.

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President Barack Obama is wrapping up a week that took him to both coasts to raise campaign money for fellow Democrats.On Saturday, he was to hold his fourth California fundraiser in three days. Democratic officials said the president will attend a roundtable discussion...
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