The Presidential Planner

Oct 23, 2009 7:00am

From Sunlen Miller: The President will take a day trip to New England today – with stops in Boston, Massachusetts and Stamford, Connecticut. First stop: the President will be delivering a speech on America’s leadership on energy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he will issue a challenge for the nation, to lead the global economy in clean energy. The White House touts that MIT is an institution that has been developing “cutting edge clean energy technology” and while there the President will meet with MIT faculty and students at the research center. “The President will also highlight Recovery Act investments that are creating jobs and making advancements in wind energy,” The White House says. Afterward the President yet again jumps in the 2010 election scrum and will make stops at separate fundraisers for Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick and Connecticut Sen. Chris Dodd, both of whom are up for re-election next year and already are facing challenging opponents. Gov. Patrick, campaigned fiercely for President Obama during the 2008 presidential campaign. Repaying the favor seems to be sorely needed by Patrick who is already trailing opponents in fundraising figures in his re-election. The Democratic Governors Association expects that tonight’s fundraiser will rake in half a million dollars for the Massachusetts Governor. President Obama will also throw his support behind Sen. Chris Dodd’s re-election campaign with appearances in Stamford Connecticut with the Democratic Senator. The two will make an appearance a local small business together.  Afterward Mr. Obama will make remarks at a fundraiser at the Stamford Hilton, expected to raise $1 million which will be split between Sen. Chris Dodd’s, D-Conn., re-election campaign, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (D.S.C.C.), and the Connecticut Democratic Party. -Sunlen Miller

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