Obama Jabs Republicans and Raises Cash in City of Brotherly Love

Jun 30, 2011 7:13pm

ABC News' Jon Garcia and Devin Dwyer report:

PHILADEPHIA – President Obama served up some political red meat to campaign contributors in Philly tonight, bashing his Republican challengers while picking up more than a million dollars for his campaign and the Democratic party.

“This campaign is at its early stages, I’ve got a day job, I’ve got other things to do,” Obama told about 800 supporters at a downtown hotel ballroom. “But while I’m working there will be candidates parading around the country. And they’re gonna do what they do which is they’re gonna attack here in Philadelphia, they’re gonna attack. They won’t have a plan but they’re going to attack.”

But the American people, Obama insisted, didn’t want to hear the back-and-forth of politics “as we’ve come to know it.”

“They are less interested in hearing us exchange insults about the past, they want us to exchange ideas about the future,” he said. “That’s the contest I’m looking forward to because I know that’s the contest that America needs and, by the way, that’s the contest that we will win.”

“I know there’s some of you who are frustrated because we haven’t gotten everything done that we said we were gonna do in two and a half years,” Obama explained.  

“There are times when I feel frustrated but we knew this wasn’t going to be easy. … There will be times where we will stumble just like we stumbled sometimes during the first campaign,” he said.

“It’s only been two and a half years. I got five and a half years more to go,” he said to wild applause.

His speech was punctuated twice by hecklers, including some AIDS activists who have now made it a practice to interrupt Obama’s campaign events.  Both times the hecklers were shouted down by Obama supporters.

Obama was also to address a smaller crowd at a bigger-dollar fundraiser at the home of David Cohen, a vice president at Comcast Corp., in the Mt. Airy neighborhood of Philadelphia.  

The fundraisers, no. 34 and 35 for Obama this year, come as part of an 11th hour push for donations before the close of the first major financial reporting period of the 2012 cycle.

The campaign had set a goal of $60 million by June 30. It's required to formally report its total by July 15 with the Federal Election Commission.

A ticker on the campaign's website showed more than 489,000 individual contributors to the campaign so far – well ahead of 180,000 contributors at this point in 2007.  During the same quarter in 2007, Obama raised $33.1 million.

Pennsylvanians have a history of opening their wallets for Obama. During the 2008 campaign, he raised $11.4 million in Quaker State, including $8.5 million in the Philadelphia metro area, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

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