October 11th, 2010
10:24 AM ET
11 years ago

Obama and Boehner converge on south Florida

(Updated at 6:40 p.m. ET with DCCC fundraising estimate)

Washington (CNN) - A bitter House battle in South Florida is attracting some top surrogates, with both President Barack Obama and House Minority Leader John Boehner jumping into the action Monday.

The president headlines a reception and dinner fundraiser for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and for Democrat's Florida Victor Fund.

The events are scheduled to be held in the Miami home of former pro-basketball star Alonzo Mourning. Some of the money raised at the events will go to Rep. Ron Klein, the two-term Democrat who represents Florida's 22nd congressional district.

Klein, who will attend the fundraiser with Obama, is facing a difficult re-election this year against Republican nominee Allen West, who Klein beat by ten points in 2008. West, a retired Army Colonel who has spent five million dollars on his bid this time around, enjoys support by many in the Tea Party movement and his provocative speeches and statements have gone viral on the internet.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee said they expect $1 million to be raised at the event from the 100 people slated to attend the reception and 160 people expected at the dinner.

The Cook Political Report and the Rothenberg Political Report, two of top non-partisan political handicappers, both rate the race as competitive but leaning towards the Democrat.

Monday morning Boehner, the top House Republican, teams up with West at a breakfast and meet and greet in suburban West Palm Beach. Boehner would become the next House Speaker if the Republicans win back control of the chamber.

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Filed under: 2010 • Florida • John Boehner • President Obama
soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. beth

    From South Florida I say this: Welcome Obama; go home Boehner.

    October 11, 2010 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  2. roro

    Does Boner think he's fooling us with his suddenly casual attire? Does he think that just because he's dressed down, we can now perceive him as a man of the people? The only people he's done anything for are the rich and connected, and that's what he'll continue to do. Don't let this pompous jackhole fool you.

    October 11, 2010 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  3. Dave

    How are West's speeches "provacative"? When a left wing lunatic like Obama and Pelosi talk about "redistributing wealth" aka soicalism, no one in the left wing media cares.

    Whena conservative talks about low taxes, less government, less speding, and strong defense it is "provacative?"

    Give me a break.

    October 11, 2010 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  4. Nope

    O'b will never be my president.

    October 11, 2010 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  5. "I Want My Country Back" Libs Go Home

    Well ok.....I suppose Obambi at least won't be making any more false accusations against honest American grass roots groups like he did in PA falsely accusing Conservative groups of soliciting funds from foreign sources.
    This simply magnifies Obambi's "thin skin" mindset. He simply cannot beleive anyone could possibly disagree with him, so when one does.....he attacks! This attack is his dumbest move yet! Attacking the Chamber of Commerce cannot help he Dems....especially when small business and the economy has tanked so badly due to Obambi's failed jobs stimulus!
    However, this is not the first time Obambi has attempted this.....a few weeks ago he attacked another grass roots group; "Americans for Prosperity" of which I personally contributed to and am a proud member of......insinuating they were taking foreign money (sounds familiar???) but isn't that the Liberal/Democrat/Obambi way???? When you have nothing of substance to campaign on.....make something up! There is one big 180 degree change at least......we Conservative voters are taking a page from Rham/Soros play book....."Never Let A Crisis Go To Waste" and today there is a huge crisis......the Dems are destroying our country and we are taking advantage of it!
    Don't forget to take your Liberal friends with you when you move out of residence 1600!

    October 11, 2010 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  6. ED Fl

    Boehner must be looking for potential military elegible kids to send to another war. He can not tell his voters in his home state so he is going around the country looking at prospect numbers.GOP NO NO [YES YES war party] are pretty sneaky . He knows about Dodging service. They will be the new Job opportunities the GOP is Talking about.

    October 11, 2010 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  7. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    John Bonehead is going to attend another fabricated event. WOW! What else is new? This guy tries to imitate a common middle class person when he's nothing of the sort.

    October 11, 2010 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  8. pat

    Obama is so far from being a Socialist it is sad. There is nothing socialistic about his health care reform, it is pure Capitalism. Insurance companies are making money hand over fist. Tell me what part is socialism, that all you right wing nitwits keep yelling about. And what taxes have gone up since Obama has been in office? If you don't call the billions spent on the defense budget "strong," what in hell do you want? Lies and deception, that's what the Republicans rely on – they have nothing else.

    October 11, 2010 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  9. David, CA

    Boehner rolls up his sleeves and throws on some dockers thinking his halloween costume will make people forget he's the biggest lapdog of lobbyists. Remember when he handed out buy-out checks from Tobacco companies on the senate floor? He couldn't even write his own half-baked "contract" on America part II. He had to pay a lobbyist $80,000 to do it for him!

    October 11, 2010 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  10. Fair is Fair

    "Mr. Speaker Boehner"... sure has a nice ring to it, huh libs?

    October 11, 2010 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  11. stufthis

    West is nuts, so is Boner, so I am sure it will be a good 19th hole for them.

    October 11, 2010 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |