President Obama kicked off a three-day, five state campaign fundraising swing in Milwaukee this afternoon, stumping for Wisconsin Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tom Barrett.
While he did the usual cheerleading of the local candidate, Obama once again turned his attention to Republicans in Washington.
Republicans driving the car into the ditch, wrong economic policies for the nation, need to move forward not backward – all of that was included in the president’s remarks but he also had some fresh material courtesy of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.
In an interview with the New York Times McConnell said charges that he blocked the president’s agenda are okay by him because of the results.
“I am amused with their comments about obstructionism,” McConnell said to the Times. “I wish we had been able to obstruct more. They were able to get the health care bill through. They were able to get the stimulus through. They were able to get the financial reform through. These were all major pieces of legislation, and if I would have had enough votes to stop them, I would have.”
Today Obama used McConnell’s comment to paint the Republican Party in general as the party of “no.”
“Obstruct more? Is that even possible?,” he said.
Obama said the Republicans have a twist on his campaign slogan, “Yes We Can.”
“These guys slogan is ‘No we can’t,’” the president said. “Clean energy? No we can’t. Health care? No we can’t. Wall Street reform? no we can’t.”
The event raised around $325,000 for Barrett’s campaign and the Democratic Party of Wisconsin.
Obama now heads to Los Angeles for a fundraiser at the home of John Wells, the executive producer of "E.R." and "The West Wing.”
The event is expected to bring in around $1 million and feature some Hollywood star power like Jeffrey Jacob "J. J." Abrams, co-creator of "Lost" is expected, as is producer/screenwriter Judd Apatow and director James L. Brooks.
-David Kerley and Karen Travers