Obama raises money for Senate candidates

AP News
Posted: Oct 18, 2010 8:40 PM
Obama raises money for Senate candidates

President Barack Obama lamented the stiff political headwinds confronting Democrats as he asked big donors to help pay for a final two-week push to Election Day.

Because of the high unemployment rate, "It doesn't matter how good of a job you've done. People want to know, what are you going to do now?" the president said Monday night at a small, private fundraiser.

But, the president said, "if we have the resources to be able to get our message out" Democrats could still be successful on Nov. 2.

Guests were paying the maximum of $30,400 a ticket to listen to Obama speak at a reception at the home of Rajeev and Seema Sharma in Rockville, Md., a Washington suburb.

The event was expected to raise $400,000 for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.

In introducing Obama, Rajeev Sharma talked about his family's immigrant background and praised the opportunities offered in America. Obama picked up on that theme, telling listeners: "There's no caste system in the United States of America. Anybody who is willing to make the effort can succeed."

Obama has been campaigning and fundraising around the country as he works to limit Democratic losses on Nov. 2 that could cost his party control of the House and maybe even the Senate. Later this week he heads west for a four-day campaign swing that includes stops in Seattle, San Francisco and Las Vegas.