Obama heads to Texas to raise campaign cash
March 9th, 2012
09:56 AM ET
6 years ago

Obama heads to Texas to raise campaign cash

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama heads to Texas Friday to raise money for his re-election bid.

The president will be the main attraction at two fundraisers in Houston. According to a Democratic official, more than 600 people will attend the first event, at Union Station at Minute Maid Park, with tickets starting at $500.

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The official said the second gathering will be a smaller reception of about 70 people at a private residence, with tickets costing $35,800. That's the legal limit an individual is allowed to contribute to a campaign per cycle and to a party committee per year. All the money raised at the fundraisers will go to the Obama Victory Fund, which is joint account of the Obama re-election campaign and the Democratic National Committee.

Meanwhile, a top Senate Republican from Texas is criticizing Obama's trip to the Lone Star State.

"Barely 24 hours after maneuvering behind the scenes to defeat the Keystone pipeline and the Gulf Coast jobs that come with it, the President again will use Texas to replenish his campaign coffers," said Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, in a statement. "Texans deserve a Commander-in-Chief whose primary concern is creating more jobs for them, not using our state as an ATM to protect his own."

The Senate on Thursday narrowly rejected a Republican-sponsored measure that would have bypassed the Obama administration's current objections to the Keystone XL pipeline and allowed construction on the controversial project to move forward immediately. The proposed 1,700-mile long pipeline expansion, intended to carry crude oil from Canada's oil sands to the U.S. Gulf Coast, has become a political lightning rod.

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  1. Four and The Door

    "Barely 24 hours after maneuvering behind the scenes to defeat the Keystone pipeline and the Gulf Coast jobs that come with it, the President again will use Texas to replenish his campaign coffers," said Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, in a statement.
    The irony of the unemployment report at the same time Obama defeated the pipeline bill at the same time Obama goes to raise money in Texas is perfect. If there is a speechwriter that can put something on the teleprompter that doesn't make Obama look like a buffoon when he talks about jobs, that writer should be nominated for an Emmy in the fiction category.

    March 9, 2012 10:04 am at 10:04 am |

    I think you're going to win Texas this time around Mr. President. The latino vote is yours hands down. Last I recall, Willard was talking about sending grandmas back across the border.

    March 9, 2012 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  3. Hawk in Texas

    Way to go mr. prez. keep them in a tizzy. they go everywhere but don't want you to get a penny to run on. as far as john cornyn he is one of the worst things that ever happened to texas. he is simply self serving nothing for texas, all for himself. i am 73 soon to be 74 years old and still looking for the day that texas turns blue again.as far as the pipeline from canada to bring the dirtyist type of tar sand oil to texas for refining and creating jobs is a bunch of bull. the oil is of a different make up and even after it is refined it can not be made into gasoline. it will all be shipped overseas. none will be used here. it might create about 3 to 4 thousand temporary jobs.

    March 9, 2012 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  4. Hawk in Texas

    To four and the door. and i guess that the republicans complaining about the president lobbying ths democrats to defeat the republican proposal to build the pipeline without any oversight that they have never done the same. i guess all those closed door meetings with republicans only were tea partys. that pipeline will not do anything but bring the dirty targoo to texas where it can be shipped overseas. it can not even be refined into gasoline. we have no use for it. the only people that it will benifit is the koch brothers who own part of the company.

    March 9, 2012 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  5. jay

    win for us in florida obama

    March 9, 2012 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  6. texan

    Welcome to the lion`s den Obama. We`re the epicenter of radical right-wingers; second only to South Carolina. Our Gov. is a shinning example of how disgusting Texas politics has evolved.

    March 9, 2012 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  7. The Real Tom Paine

    The Keystone pipline will not create a huge amount of permanant jobs. Once the pipeline is built, there will be a few hundred ( at most) people working on that pipeline. The work at the refineries will be dictated by oil speculators and by events thousands of miles away, not by the fact that the pipeline is simply there. Keystone solves nothing in the long term with regards to ensuring energy security for this country, since we know China and India will garner the lion's share of the products we will be refining( if we even are given the opportunity to refine it). The oil and pipeline companies will decide who gets it, not the president.

    March 9, 2012 10:56 am at 10:56 am |

    Woohooo!!!! Dallas, Houston, and Austin are still blue, President Obama! Welcome!

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2012

    March 9, 2012 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  9. Rudy NYC

    The Real Tom Paine wrote:

    The Keystone pipline will not create a huge amount of permanant jobs. Once the pipeline is built, there will be a few hundred ( at most) people working on that pipeline.
    I am going to repectfully disagree with you somewhat.

    The vast majority of the permanent jobs will be at either end of the pipeline, which also means that half of them will be in Canada. I think most of the monitoring on the pipeline will be done remotely from central locations. Most of the critical maintenance will be sub-contracted out, so that any problems and major flaws [read as spills] will be the fault of the sub-contractors instead of the owner operators.

    March 9, 2012 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  10. Russ in Md

    Why do you all think the Keystone Pipe Line will not create jobs? Construction work is just that, construction work. A company or small business builds something and then goes on to the next job to build something else. That is how construction contracts work. Why deny hard construction workers a job? And by the way Hawk in Texas, The crude coming from Canada is no worse than that coming from the Middle East and it can be refined into any petroleum product that is desired.

    March 9, 2012 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  11. diridi

    I am voting for Obama....

    March 9, 2012 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  12. Russ in Md

    The Real Tom Paine
    What happens when supply of a product goes up? Your answer would be nothing. Right now demand is down because of the price of oil but if you have sooooo much oil that you have to move it but can't, you need to start selling it at a lower cost to make you payroll. Go back to grade school and start learning Economics.

    March 9, 2012 11:26 am at 11:26 am |

    Texas Republicans are the most out of touch with middle class Americans in the nation. Cornyn, time to rename yourself to Cronyism.

    March 9, 2012 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  14. Max


    Instead of Texans taking a 'crash course' on how to elect a Governor, they are again applying racist tactics to ensure that Obama doesn't get his well-deserved second Term. Why not focus on getting rid of 'Perry The Notorious Baffoon'?

    Don't we all realize by now that there's NO STOPPING Obama now?????

    March 9, 2012 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  15. drod3

    I just love it when the president comes to Texas and the Republicans fight over who gets to send out the press release to try make the President look bad. The radical right wing talk show entertainers were going crazy this morning. They were talking fast to try to put in as many lies about the president as possible. The right wing has a strangle hold on talk radio in Houston. You can find 5 radio stations spewing right wing retoric any time of the day. They have poluted the radio waves here in Houston where it's almost impossible to find the truth in radio. It's no wonder Texas has a governor like Perry and a past governor like Bush. At least there are enough Americans that see that Obama is fixing the mess that the failed Bush-Republican experiment caused. OBAMA is going to win Texas. Hey Republicans, just something to make you sweat at night. Texans have gotten tired of Republicans. OBAMA 2012

    March 9, 2012 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  16. Robert Holt

    $35,800 for a ticket? Well, I guess I'll pass on that event.

    March 9, 2012 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  17. mikle

    What else he is good about. He make one change, his logo from YES WE CAN to YES WE FAIL. CNN no more, now it's ONN - OBAMA NEWS NETWORK

    March 9, 2012 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  18. Woman In California

    I'm sure there are many in the State of Texas who welcome you Mr. President with open arms. I'm also sure you'll get a bigger crowd than Willard any day of the week even in Texas as people know who really fighting for them.

    Obama 2012

    March 9, 2012 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  19. The Real Tom Paine

    Rudy, I was referring only to the pipeline itself, and I did differentiate between the work at the refineries and the pipeline. Usually at a pumping station there are a few people charged with maintaining several dozen miles of pipeline, so the permanant jobs from the project are a few hundred, maybe a few thousand. Russ, my understanding of economics is not just based upon supply and demand but on my daily experience of dealing with this indsutry. With reagrds to supply and demand, if that were the case, we would not be a net exporter of gasoline at this point. The oil has been sold to China and India, not to the United States. Those decisions are not being made by Obama or by the American consumer, but by the pipeline and oil companies and the commodities market. I suggest you learn a little about the oil business before you complain about my perceived lack of understanding on economics.

    March 9, 2012 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  20. fernace

    The GOP-TP are continuing their lies & spin because, as the addage goes "if you repeat a lie often enough it becomes accepted as truth"! They also seem to underestimate the American people! Most of us are familiar w/the True circumstances of the Keystone Pipeline & the upshot is that, while it certainly will net billions for Some, the US or it's citizens are not in the equation! Neither is more gasoline or lower prices! All that is spin & lies! Obama did the right thing! Also, he has the right to campaign in any state! There are plenty of Texans who support our President! I'll bet John Cornyn doesn't berate campaigning Repub candidates, or his party for putting Texans healthcare & education on the chopping block, last year! Besides jobs, those are the real issues that need to be tackled! As far as jobs, all I'm hearing from the right is complaints; no solutions, no team work, just more spin & lies, even though employment is up & holding steady! Tearing down the country, to build up the party! Shameful!!

    March 9, 2012 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  21. Steve

    OBAMA 2012!!! OBAMA 2012!!! OBAMA 2012!!! Lets vote now. My mind is made up already. GOP tell a lot of lies.

    March 9, 2012 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  22. drod3

    Texans welcome you with open arms Mr. President. We are thankful we have an adult in the White House that understands the problems facing the country and what it takes to fix them. Unlike the Republican presidential candidates that demonstrate on a daily bases that they are acting like spoiled brats and don't have a clue on what it takes to be the President for all Americans. The American people have seen the Republican Circus of clowns; Perry, Cain, Palin, Gingrich, Santorum, Romney, Bachmann, and Paul. They will vote for Obama.

    OBAMA 2012

    March 9, 2012 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  23. GI Joe.

    Houston is True Blue ................................................

    March 9, 2012 11:57 am at 11:57 am |