April 19th, 2010
10:03 AM ET
5 years ago

Obama to give Boxer a boost

President Obama will attend a fundraiser Monday for California Sen. Barbara Boxer.
President Obama will attend a fundraiser Monday for California Sen. Barbara Boxer.

Washington (CNN) - President Obama heads west Monday afternoon to headline two political fundraisers for his party and for a fellow Democrat. It's the president's second night of fundraising over the past four days.

Obama is the main attraction at two events in Los Angeles for the Democratic National Committee and Sen. Barbara Boxer of California. According to the White House schedule, the president will deliver remarks at a fundraising reception Boxer and the DNC at the California Science Center. Then Obama heads to the Museum of Natural History of Los Angeles, where he will speak at a fundraising dinner for Boxer and the DNC. A Democratic source confirms to CNN that the two events will raise at least $3 million in campaign cash.

Last Thursday, Obama headlined two DNC fundraisers in Miami that brought in around $2.5 million for the party, according to a Democratic source.

The Democratic National Committee says it raised at least $13 million in March. Its counterpart, the Republican National Committee, reports raising $11.4 million last month.

Boxer faces what's expected to be a tough re-election battle as she makes a bid this year for a fourth term in office. A recent Los Angeles Times/USC poll indicated that only four in 10 California voters approved of the job Boxer is doing as senator, with 38 percent saying they disapprove. According to a recent Field Poll, 51 percent of California voters had an unfavorable view of Boxer, with 38 percent seeing her in a positive light. And a recent Public Policy Institute of California survey indicated Boxer in dead heats in hypothetical general election matchups with Republican candidates Carly Fiorina, a former Hewlett-Packard CEO, and former Rep. Tom Campbell. According to the PPI poll, Boxer slightly leads state Assemblyman Chuck DeVore in a possible November matchup.

The DNC and the Boxer campaign will reimburse the White House for travel costs for the president's travel to California.

In mid-May, the president travels to New York to headline a fundraiser for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, according to another Democratic source.

Update at 12:30 p.m. ET: The National Republican Senatorial Campaign is criticizing the fundraisers.

"Barbara Boxer and President Obama's decision to hobnob with celebrities at a lavish private fundraiser in Hollywood instead of addressing the real concerns of voters who are struggling with record unemployment simply demonstrates how out of touch they are with average Californians," says NRSC spokeswoman Amber Marchand, in an email release.

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Filed under: 2010 • Barbara Boxer • California • DNC • President Obama
soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. Capt. Snarky

    Hey, Barb – be prepared. Instead of a "Boost", he'll probably give you the "kiss of death"......................

    April 19, 2010 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  2. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Sen. Boxer has nothing to worry about. Just tell me where to the check senator.

    April 19, 2010 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  3. gary

    I hope obozo campaigns for her like he did for the dims in Virginia and New Jersey. obozo and his boxer- two clowns going down fast.

    April 19, 2010 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  4. Robert

    Lets hope it is the same 'lift' he gave to all the other Democrats who have lost seats recently! California needs a face lift and it needs to start with Boxer. The current career politicans have outstayed their welcome. It is time for California to move forward.

    April 19, 2010 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  5. TCM

    haha...yeah, he's done wonders for other candidates...VA governor, Mass Kennedy replacement, Harry Reid....yes, please go and "help," the republicans replace Boxer.

    April 19, 2010 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  6. valwayne

    This should be good. The most prominent member of the Arrogant Left Wing Elite getting together in CA! The state that their policies have driven so far into the ditch that it may never get out. The last time Obama was off to CA for a gathering of the arrogant left wing Elite he called average working Americans bitter, gun toting, bible thumping, bigots. Look for more of the same!!!!!

    April 19, 2010 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  7. Doug,lib jersey

    Barak Obama "If they bring a knife to the fight, we'll bring a gun.!"

    Libs try to get the Tea Party protesters to act like Democrats, but they are just much better human beings than that.

    Tea Party protesters will not bite off fingers or assult women and break their legs like Obama's Democrat goons.

    April 19, 2010 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  8. abdirahman

    Contribute generously for the good cause of Democrates to reclaim back American dream.Let wall street and GOPagree that senate bill to regulate finance to avoid crisses.TRAPwas GOPidea and was not challenged, DNCput Nation first.GOP put lobbey group first.

    April 19, 2010 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  9. Charles W. Skinner

    Sen. Boxer is in a LOT of trouble politically. It's quite likely that Mrs. Fiorina will be her challenger, and will clean Boxer's clock in any debates that they have. Getting Pres. Obama to fund-raise is a desperate act, because it will galvanize the Boxer opposition early on, and cause a LOT of money to flow to the Fiorina campaign.

    At this point, it might be better to write off Boxer and to simply attempt to raise California money for other, more likely to be won election battles.

    Also, what the article doesn't tell you is that the DNC has DEBT that they have to pay off. The RNC may have raised less money, but has spent less and still has NO DEBT, so it is financially still in a better position.

    April 19, 2010 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  10. Rickster

    "Obama to give Boxer a boost"...................a boost?...lolol....Barry has never given anybody or anything a boost with his endorsement...his endorsement is generally the kiss of death.

    April 19, 2010 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  11. geecee

    If all Barbara Boxer has going against her is Carly Fiorina, Boxer has no problem getting re-elected!!

    April 19, 2010 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  12. Michael from Ventura

    It's great news that the President will be here to show support for Senator Boxer. She, along with the President, fight for the rights of all of us. Barbara is on the front lines when it comes to the battle with the out-dated and obstructionist right.

    April 19, 2010 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  13. Four and The Door

    Senator Boxer has proven to be just another liberal Democrat with no interest to serve the people she is supposed to represent or the American population. I look forward to voting for whoever has the best chance of replacing her in the Senate. We need to clean these self-serving partisan politicians out of Washington.

    April 19, 2010 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  14. felicia

    President Obama is the best thing the democrats have going for themselves. Make no mistake i'm a democrat, but the dems are acting like a bunch of cowardly scarycats.

    President Obama is not afraid to take on the teaparty, repigs and whoever else. That's why he always taking snipes at folk he has to defend hisself no one else is defending him. So i say go head President Obama do what you gotta do.

    April 19, 2010 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  15. Tired Ant

    Let's hope ∅bama's winning streak holds up, eh?
    "King Midas in Reverse" has given Conservatives victories in Virginia, New Jersey and Masschusetts.

    If I were Boxer, I'd tell ∅bama, "Please don't campaign for me... I can lose all on my own, thank you very much."

    April 19, 2010 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  16. mark

    Obama is the kiss of death. He is so unpoplular. Boxer would be better served to run away from him.

    April 19, 2010 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  17. jeff jackson, alabama

    When Bush (W) was on the job the media
    criticized him for doing fundraisers during
    a war.
    Last time I looked we were at war still.
    Where's the complaining now.

    April 19, 2010 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |