unloads on Republicans, sees 'cynical genius'
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[August 30, 2014]
NEWPORT R.I. (Reuters) - Obama,
raising money for Democratic candidates as Republicans aim to take over
the Senate in the fall, on Friday blamed some Republicans for a
calculated effort to undermine faith in government by opposing policy
"There has been a certain cynical genius to what some of these
folks have done," Obama said at the second of three fundraisers he
"What theyíve realized is, if we donít get anything done, then
people are going to get cynical about government and its
possibilities of doing good for everybody," he said in Purchase, New
York. "And since they donít believe in government, thatís a pretty
Many polls show Republicans regaining control of the Senate in
November's elections. That would give them control of both houses of
Congress, making it harder for the president to move forward on his
agenda in the remaining two years of his presidency.
Republican opposition has blocked the president from achieving
immigration reform and an increase in the minimum wage, among other
policy initiatives he has pursued.
The President dropped in at three fundraising events on Friday -
starting his day in New Rochelle, New York, and ending it at a
seaside mansion in Newport, Rhode Island.
In Purchase, Obama spoke to approximately 250 supporters at the home
of Robert and Carol Wolf. Tickets started at $15,000 per couple, a
DNC spokesman said.
Robert Wolf, formerly chief operating officer at UBS Investment
Bank, is a major Obama donor and fundraiser. Wolf hosts weekly
webcasts on the Reuters TV channel on YouTube.
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The president earlier attended a DNC roundtable discussion in New
Rochelle with approximately 25 supporters contributing up to
$32,400, a spokesman for the DNC said.
In Rhode Island, Obama spoke to approximately 60 guests at a
Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) event at the home
of Rick Bready and Betty Easton. The DCCC raises money for Democrats
running for the House of Representatives, where Republicans are not
expected to lose the majority they already hold. Ticket prices
ranged from $15,000 to $32,400 per person.
Larry Sabato, a political scientist at the University of Virginia,
predicted a pickup by Republicans of six-to-seven seats as the
"likeliest" outcome. Republicans would need to gain six seats to
obtain a majority in the Senate.
(Reporting By Mark Felsenthal; Editing by Ken Wills)
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