April 19, 2014

Presidential Campaign In Chicago Area

( 4UMF NEWS ) Presidential Campaign In Chicago Area:

President Barack Obama hauled in more than $2 million during a quick downtown Chicago fundraising stop today while Republicans Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum criticized his leadership at stops in the suburbs.

Obama, who said it was good to be home, referred to his potential GOP foes this fall in passing at the top of his 30-minute speech.

“We’ve had some guests,” Obama said. “My message to all the candidates is ‘welcome to the Land of Lincoln.’ Maybe some Lincoln will rub off on them while they’re here.”

Before Obama walked into the packed ballroom at the Palmer House Hilton, those in attendance watched a Tom Hanks-narrated documentary about Obama’s first term in office. Earlier, in a stop in Rosemont, Republican Mitt Romney dismissed the film as “a docu-mmercial.”

Both the film and the president highlighted some of his accomplishments since taking office, including passing health care reform, ending the war in Iraq, and the auto industry bailout.

Obama gave a round of shout-outs to the elected officials in attendance, including Gov. Pat Quinn; County Board President Toni Preckwinkle; and Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, who was Obama’s seat mate when they both served in the Illinois Senate, introduced the president.

Tickets for the luncheon of more than 600 attendees started at $2,500, according to a campaign official. Afterward, Obama held a smaller roundtable discussion with 60 supporters, where tickets started at $10,000.

All of the money raised from today’s events will go to Obama’s Victory Fund, a joint fundraising committee authorized by Obama for America and the Democratic National Committee, the campaign official said.

Obama was scheduled to head to Atlanta for three back-to-back fundraisers this evening — an intimate gathering at a private residence, followed by a campaign event at Tyler Perry Studios, and another affair at a private residence.

Romney stopped at a Rosemont diner this morning before heading to Puerto Rico, which holds caucuses Sunday.

Santorum is making two stops in Arlington Heights: an afternoon speech to students at Hersey High School and a nighttime rally at Christian Liberty Academy. After spending Saturday morning in Missouri, which is holding caucuses, Santorum has a southern Illinois swing on his schedule.

Story @ Chicago Tribune