Monday, February 19, 2007

Obama going to Beverly Hills for fund-raiser

As reported on KNBC-TV, Los Angeles:

Sen. Barack Obama is scheduled to visit the Los Angeles area Tuesday for the first time since announcing his presidential candidacy, holding a rally in the West Adams district and a fund-raiser in Beverly Hills hosted by DreamWorks SKG partners Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg and David Geffen.

In the afternoon rally at the Rancho Cienega Sports Complex, Obama, D- Ill., is expected to explain that he is running for president because "he believes that to change our country, we need to change our politics," an aide said.

Obama is also expected to discuss his bill that would remove all combat brigades from Iraq by March 31, 2008, and energy independence.

Admission is free. Tickets are not required but recommended for faster entry. They can be obtained on the campaign's Web site, by sending an e-mail to Gates are set to open at 2 p.m.

In his Feb. 10 speech announcing his candidacy, Obama said, "Letting the Iraqis know that we will not be there forever is our last, best hope to pressure the Sunni and Shia to come to the table and find peace."

President Bush has said setting a withdrawal deadline "would send a message across the world that America is a weak and an unreliable ally" and "send a signal to our enemies that if they wait long enough, America will cut and run and abandon its friends. And setting an artificial deadline to withdraw would vindicate the terrorists' tactics of beheadings and suicide bombings and mass murder -- and invite new attacks on America."

The campaign aide said she did not have figures about how many people were expected to attend the evening reception at the Beverly Hilton or how much money would be raised, but said, "we have had a high level of interest in the event."

Tickets are $2,300 each, the Los Angeles Times reported, the maximum contribution possible under federal law.

Obama's visit comes in the midst of Southern California visits by several presidential contenders seeking to maximize their fund-raising in advance of the March 31 quarterly report deadline, a first test of the viability of their candidacies.

Democratic frontrunner Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., is scheduled to meet with Los Angeles-area supporters Thursday, a day after a scheduled visit by Sen. Joseph Biden, D-Del. Democratic contenders former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards and former Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack, and Republican former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani were in the region last week.

The 2008 presidential campaign will be "the longest and most expensive election in American history," Federal Election Commissioner Michael Toner told the New York Daily News.

"We're heading into the first $1 billion election," Toner said.

To be competitive, a candidate will need to raise $100 million by the end of the year, Toner said.

The 2008 campaign is the first since 1928 in which neither a sitting president nor vice president is seeking the presidency.

In a USA Today/Gallup Poll on the Democratic presidential field conducted Feb. 9-11 of 495 Democrats and those leaning to the Democratic Party, Obama was second with 21 percent, trailing Clinton, who had 40 percent. The margin of error was 5 percentage points.

The poll also asked 936 registered voters who they would support in a general election. Giuliani finished ahead of Obama by a margin of 52 percent to 43 percent, while Obama and Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., each received 48 percent. The margin of error was 4 percentage points.
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Blogger John Good said...

Giuliani finished ahead of Obama by a margin of 52 percent to 43 percent, while Obama and Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., each received 48 percent. The margin of error was 4 percentage points.

Voters across America who might be supportive of Guliani should talk to native New Yorkers and get the "inside scoop" on the man. He's quite the fraud; not to mention being an opportunist. . .

9:37 PM, February 19, 2007  

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