Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama's re-election team may not be highlighting it, but Republicans sure want to get the message out that the president will hit a milestone Thursday, by attending his 100th fundraiser since last April, when he formally kicked off his bid for a second term in the White House.
The Republican National Committee on Thursday morning came out with a web video and a research paper that spotlight what they call Obama's record setting pace when it comes to fundraising by a president up for re-election. The push by the RNC comes hours before Obama is scheduled to be the main attraction at four fundraisers in New York City.
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The RNC touts statistics from CBS White House Correspondent Mark Knoller, well regarded as an unofficial White House historian, which compares the 100 fundraisers the president has attended to the 56 fundraisers his predecessor, President George W. Bush, appeared at by this time in his 2004 re-election campaign.
The video, set to fast-paced upbeat music, highlights what it calls "a record shattering pace" and says that "meant other areas fell short."
The video goes on to contrast the 100 fundraisers to what it says was just one speech by the president on government reform, zero meetings with the deficit reduction super committee and three speeches on housing. The RNC video claims that while the president was fundraising, "the national debt increased by $1.2 trillion" and gas increased to $3.73 per gallon.
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Hey Baby, it ain't cheap spreading all this smoke and snake oil all over the country! If I ain't out there demonizing somebody non-stop people might take note of how bad things are and start questioning my competency. And the mirrors have sky rocketed in price as well. I've been funneling stimulus money to them but I'm still getting raked over the coals.
And then there's the costs of all my vacations, oh yeah, you suckers get to pay for those. Chow baby, keep sending that money!
Here it comes.... the faux outrage from the GOP that the President is...(gasp!)... campaigning. As if no sitting Republican President hasn't campaigned.
Sounds to me they are just jealous that they will never come close to raising the same kind of money for their pathetic candidates. See you in November.
So? And we've watched a ton of candidates get big PAC $ not to mention the media circus of 20+ debates. Citzen United Ruling has made running for President not just a popularity contest but a free speech = $$ contest. This is a waste of time. Dems say one thing and GOP will pounce on it. GOP says one thing and the Dems will pounce on it. Is this really the best use of the medias time?