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Obama heads to Fla. for 28th fundraiser and to address troops
Updated 2:45 p.m.
By Michael A. Fletcher
President Obama is scheduled to headline a Miami Beach dinner Monday night to raise money for Democratic congressional candidates, continuing a run of intense political activity leading up elections this year and next.
Tickets for Monday night's event range from $500 to $15,200 a ticket. The president will follow tonight's dinner at the Fontainbleau Hotel with a visit to Norfolk, Va., Tuesday, where he will campaign for Creigh Deeds, who is waging an uphill battle in his campaign for governor.
Last week, the president was in Manhattan to to raise money for the Democratic National Committee and Bill Owens, a congressional candidate.
He also campaigned for the 2010 reelection of Sen. Christopher J. Dodd (D-Conn.), attempting to help Dodd "rebrand himself" after a controversy involving his efforts to protect the insurance giant AIG from new federal restrictions on bonuses. In addition, Obama campaigned last week for Govs. Jon S. Corzine (D-N.J.) and Deval L. Patrick (D-Mass.).
By day's end, Obama will have held 28 fund raisers this year. Not counting the upcoming events, the president has raised more than $27.5 million, according to CBS radio correspondent Mark Knoller, who keeps meticulous presidential statistics. Three of the president's events did not report how much was raised.
The money is sorely needed. Not only are Democrats involved in tough gubernatorial races in New Jersey and Virginia this year, but they face a tough fight to hold onto their sizable majorities in Congress during next year's mid-term elections.
Before going to south Florida, the president will address troops at the Naval Air Station Jacksonville, where he is expected to discuss the war in Afghanistan and his process for deciding whether to increase the U.S. troop presence there.
This item has been corrected. It originally reported that Obama would have held 26 fundraisers by day's end, not 28.
Posted at 11:31 AM ET on Oct 26, 2009
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