It’s His Party: He Can Fundraise If He Wants To

RNC chairman jabs Obama for getting back to campaigning.

Posted: 08/03/2011 02:15 PM EDT
Reince Priebus

As President Obama prepares to travel to Chicago to attend a 50th birthday fundraiser, Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus is slamming him for being too focused on his reelection.

 

"I suppose the White House thinks he should stick to the job he really likes, raising money from fat cat donors, while the rest of America struggles with trying to make ends meet," Priebus told reporters on a Wednesday conference call.

 

Priebus also said that Obama’s attendance at the event flies in the face of the declaration he made before signing the debt ceiling bill that the White House’s primary focus would be job creation.

 

"I think it's another case of this president's rhetoric not matching his deeds," Priebus replied. "He's tried all week to try this spin that now the White House is pivoting to jobs, which they've tried many times before, and the first job Obama is interested in saving is his own."

 

Meanwhile, The Associated Press reports, Obama’s campaign expects to raise significantly less money this summer than it did in the spring.

 

"We're going to raise significantly less in the third quarter than we did in the second quarter," said Jim Messina, Obama's campaign manager. "We will not be able to replace all of [the missed] events just because of his busy schedule. We always knew that he had his job and we had to do this around his schedule, and the truth is we just have to deal with canceling a month's worth of events."

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