Obama's address to the 106 IOC members gathered in Copenhagen, Denmark, was the highlight of the Chicago bid committee's final presentation before the vote to choose the host city.
"Chicago is a place where we strive to celebrate what makes us different, just as we celebrate what we have in common," Obama said.
He pointed out that from hosting the World's Fair in 1893 to hosting World Cup events in 1994, the Illinois city has the experience needed to put on an Olympic Games.
[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/07/30/art.pawlenty0730.gi.jpg caption="Pawlenty launched his new PAC on Thursday."]WASHINGTON (CNN) - Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty will hold the first fundraiser for his new political action committee on Oct. 22 at the Capitol Hill home of lobbyist John Milne and his wife Deb Anderson, according to a copy of the invitation provided to CNN.
The invite to the Washington dinner asks guests to contribute or raise $5,000 to be named a "Leadership Team Member" for Pawlenty's "Freedom First" PAC, his newly-created political organization awash with veteran GOP operatives who are advising the governor as he eyes a presidential bid in 2012.
The dinner will be preceded by a low-dollar reception at a nearby restaurant, where supporters can contribute a minimum of $50 for the chance to meet Pawlenty and pose for photos. Hill staffers, the invitation reads, get in with a half-price discount.
The low-dollar gathering at Capitol City Brewing Company is being billed as a "Pretzels & Pints" with Pawlenty - a friendly title suggesting a slightly lower calorie count than the "Sundaes with Mitt" fundraiser hosted in Washington last month by former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, another 2012 contender.
The D.C. events will be followed on Nov. 4 by what an aide called Pawlenty's first "major" fundraiser in Minneapolis.
[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/09/01/art.njrace.gi.jpg caption="Republican Chris Christie, left, criticized Gov. Jon Corzine over his handling over the state economy."](CNN) - The three candidates for New Jersey governor squared off on Thursday night in Trenton at the first gubernatorial debate of the general election, a match-up that featured heated exchanges over taxes, the economy and the unusual political topic of mammograms.
Republican Chris Christie wants to allow out-of-state insurers to offer health care plans that can bypass New Jersey's 45 coverage mandates, which he says drive up costs. But Gov. Jon Corzine, a Democrat, has blasted Christie for his proposal with a hard-hitting ad accusing Christie of wanting to drop mandated coverage for breast cancer exams.
Christie called on Corzine to pull the ad and apologize.
"I would not have a plan that would ever prevent any woman who needed a mammogram to get one, the governor knows it, and this is just another example of his shameful campaign," Christie said.
Corzine argued the mandates are essential. "I'd rather stand with the women of New Jersey than with the insurance companies," he responded.
The underdog third party candidate - independent Chris Daggett - also turned in a confident performance that could enhance his profile with voters, a boost that would likely benefit the governor, since polls show Daggett draining support from Christie.
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