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Pres. Obama in Philadelphia Tuesday

Pres. tells Md. supporters GOP campaign message can fit in a ‘tweet’

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    Pres. Barack Obama arrives at Philadelphia International Airport on Tuesday to attend fundraising events at the Franklin Institute, capping a day of campaign events to raise money for his presidential reelection campaign and for other Democratic candidates across the U.S. (Published Tuesday, June 12, 2012)

    President Barack Obama is set to arrive in Philadelphia Tuesday for several evening fundraising events.

    The visit will mark the last of six Obama campaign events on Tuesday.

    Supporters will pay from $250 to $40,000 to spend time with the president. The evening events include a reception, a roundtable discussion and a dinner, all taking place at the Franklin Institute. The three events will accommodate about 200 guests.

    Proceeds will go to the Obama Victory Fund which raises money for the president’s campaign committee and for other Democratic candidates across the country.

    Earlier in the day Pres. Obama traveled to Baltimore, Md. for three fundraisers.

    At his first event of the day, Pres. Obama told the crowd that many Americans agree with his administration’s direction, but the Republican response is that he’s to blame for things not being better. Obama said the GOP campaign can be summed up “on a tweet and have some characters to spare,” according to a pool report of the event.

    The president’s Philadelphia visit comes the same day a new Quinnipiac University poll shows he’s leading Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney by 46 to 40 percent among Pa. voters.

    PA GOP Chairman Rob Gleason was among a group of Republicans who held a conference call Tuesday before the president’s visit to criticize him for being “out of touch” with Pennsylvania voters.

    “At the end of the day, it will be a dogfight in Pennsylvania, but based on the president’s failed record on job creation, dismal approval ratings and the fact that voters believe Governor Romney is better equipped to fix our economy, we believe we have an authentic opportunity to deliver Pennsylvania’s 20 electoral votes to Mitt Romney, said Gleason.”

    Pres. Obama is scheduled to return to the White House when he leaves Philadelphia.