September 17th, 2010
03:29 PM ET
13 years ago

Obama to headline DNC fundraiser Monday

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Washington (CNN) -
When President Barack Obama heads to Philadelphia Monday, he not only will try and keep Pennsylvania's open Senate seat in Democratic hands, he's also going to help raise big bucks for his party.

CNN learned Friday that Obama will be the main attraction at a fundraiser for the Democratic National Committee. A party source tells CNN that the event is expected to raise around $1 million. The DNC has committed to spending $50 million to help Democratic candidates running in this year's midterm elections.

While in Philadelphia Monday, the president teams up at a separate fundraiser for Rep. Joe Sestak the party's Senate nominee. The president's visit will come one week after Vice President Joe Biden headlined a Sestak fundraiser in the Philadelphia area. Sestak also teamed up with former President Bill Clinton at a campaign event that same day.

Last year the former admiral and two-term congressman from southeast Pennsylvania challenged Republican turned Democrat Sen. Arlen Specter for their party's nomination. Obama and Biden both supported Specter. But Sestak survived a nasty intra-party battle and defeated Specter in the May 18 primary.

Sestak finds himself trailing former Rep. Pat Toomey, the Republican Senate nominee, in both campaign cash and in the polls. Toomey was leading Sestak from six to nine points in the most recent surveys of likely Pennsylvania voters.

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soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. Scott in Atlanta

    Now we got a lady that does cocaine and wears meat on her head, giving advice on how to run the military. Hmmmm... Talk about "the last days".

    September 17, 2010 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  2. Manuel

    I wish I could take off from work and attend the DNC Fundraiser. I have already made a donation but I will make another one on Monday.
    Fired up-ready to go!

    September 17, 2010 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  3. jeff, alabama

    Now why does a Republican never get to headline a DNC
    fundraiser ? That is intolerance.

    September 17, 2010 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  4. John from LA

    Stay in DC Mr. President and DO YOUR JOB!!!!-This guy is just as bad as W-W was forever in Crawford, TX. chopping wood-Obummer is FOREVER stumping for a Dem. KNOCK IT OFF Obama-Find jobs for the millions out of work!!!

    September 17, 2010 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  5. busher

    He's always heading something. Way doen't he do us a favor and head out of the country. We could make it a national holiday if he would leave. We could call it No-Mo-Bama Day. Probabley become one of the most celebrated holidays of the year.

    September 17, 2010 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  6. LacrosseMom(the real one)

    Go get 'em President Obama do not allow America to forget WHICH PARTY was IN charge when America went into the ditch!

    In NOvember vote NO for the Party of NO!

    September 17, 2010 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  7. Sniffit

    This will probably never make it up because CNN abhores when someone factually pimp slaps someone, but here goes:

    "How sweet. The fascists are mingling amongst each other coming up with new ways on how to destroy the middle class of America."

    Okay, Sparky... please (without looking it up) spell out what YOUR definition of a "fascist" is (you can't use a person in your definition). Then please, in your own words, describe how your definition applies to those whom you are referring to as "fascists".

    Ready... set... go."

    Fascism is a far right wing ideology basing its perspective of society upon corprativism, an abhorence of individualism and that the people should be divided into different groups based on functions, such as military, leadership, labor, agriculture, etc. Fascism posits that society requires strong, often paternal/dictatorial, leadership (i.e., Bushtard expanding the powers of the executive branch further than any other president before him) and a singular collective identity (i.e., "we are a krischun nashun"). In fact, fascist states are often militaristic and only allow military leaders to assume positions of power. It is marked by through ultra-nationalistic fervor and often xenophobia, which are frequently encouraged by creating a bogeyman (i.e., "Die Juden!!!" or "oh noes, teh mecksicans!!!" and "all muslins are trying to overthrow the US and institute sharia law!!!"), because fascists believe that the nation needs to be ready, willing and able to do violence and commit to war whenever its cultural identity bubble is even slightly threatened (see Iraq, Afghanistan and most militaristi rhetoric about illegal immigration). As a result, fascist states are hostile to the autonomy of racial, ethnic or other defined minority groups seen as "outside" the fascist state's defined culture and perceived as refusing to fully adopt and live according to that cultural definition (i.e., "you may not be a krischun but this is a krischun nashun and our Constitution says so, so you don't get to be married or choose about abortion" and "not at ground zero1!!").

    Shall I continue or have you had enough?

    September 17, 2010 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  8. stevegee

    Democrats can spend all of George Soros money, and it won't matter. They're going to get clobbered at the polls on November 2nd.

    Vote Republican.

    September 17, 2010 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |

    Yo tell dem boys, Bambi. Dey needs to give up some of der welfar checks. Den we be in business to make a stooge out of dat palin gal.

    September 17, 2010 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  10. Sniffit

    "Sarah Palin makes a fool of herself on national television every day. Why?"

    Wow. Could yo please apologize for Palin's behavior and externalize her blame for her some more? I find it fascinating.

    You're dead wrong by the way...she does it for two reasons and only two reasons: fame and fortune. She's got an entire population of tinfoil hat wearing slobs eating out of the palm of her hand because she's willing to stand up and say what they want to hear, which is that all their preconceived notions about the way the world works are correct and that all the facts, evidence, science and reality staring them in the face and which prove they are misguided, misinformed ideologues...those are all the product of a giant satanic conspiracy from those hellbent on destroying Amurika and telling Jesus to f-ck off. Most people don't possess the integrity vaccuum required to do what she does, but her empitness is vast.

    September 17, 2010 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |