“The other side, the only thing they seem to be fighting for is for power or for patrons or on behalf of an economic theory that’s been proven wrong time and time again,” Obama told the silent audience at an event benefiting Sen. Mark Udall and other Democrats.
“Mark Udall is a serious person who is trying to do the right thing and has the values that we should. He’s not an ideologue. He doesn’t agree with me on everything,” Obama said.
Under fire for party fundraising both in Denver and later today and tomorrow in Texas while the southern border metaphorically burns, Obama kept with his packed fundraising schedule that will have him speaking close to midnight tonight at the third fundraising stop of the day.
At the first stop at a Westin in Denver, Sen. Mark Udall, the Colorado Democrat in a tight reelection race who will benefit from the event, was a no-show.
Cancelling at the last minute, Udall blamed votes scheduled in Washington, not a reticence to appear with a president whose disapproval rating is higher than his approval rating. Udall’s Colorado Senate counterpart, Michael Bennet, the head of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, also would be a no-show, his spokesman said, blaming votes too.
Bennet’s absence might not be noted if he weren’t the head of the DSCC, which is co-hosting the event with Udall’s campaign committee. Former Interior secretary and senator from Colorado Ken Salazar stood in for current Democratic officials. He’s now a partner at a major national law firm, WilmerHale. Udall’s wife, Maggie Fox, did show up and got a shout-out from Obama.
Denver donors noshed on iced tea poured from silver pitchers and mini cupcakes, cream puffs and napoleons.
Moving on later to Dallas, Obama will first fundraise for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and then fly to Austin, Texas, to speak at 10:45 p.m. local time to a Democratic National Committee dinner reception. Tickets there for the approximately 150 attendees are a political fundraising bargain of $5,000.
In Austin, the party will be at the home of Latino-filmmaker Robert Rodriguez, best-known for directing “Spy Kids” and “Sin City.”
Tomorrow, before flying back to Washington, Obama will stay in Austin for a smaller roundtable discussion to benefit the DNC. The 30 or so donors who are ponying up as much as $32,400 will be able to ask the president their pressing questions in private at the home of Aimee Boone Cunningham. She’s a board member of the Center for Reproductive Rights and a Democratic operative who previously worked in Washington.
Obama’s fundraising so close to the southern border, where authorities are struggling with a surge in unaccompanied minors crossing illegally, hasn’t gone unnoticed.
Texas Democratic Rep. Henry Cuellar said on MSNBC today that he was “really floored” to see coverage last night of Obama and Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper drinking beer and playing pool at a Denver bar at a time when Obama can’t go too the border. Hickenlooper too skipped the Denver fundraiser.