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Va. Gov. Skips Romney Fundraiser Because of Va. Tech Shooting

Melina Mara/The Washington Post(RICHMOND, Va.) -- Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell decided against dropping by a Mitt Romney fundraiser Thursday afternoon after two people were shot and killed on the Virginia Tech campus.

A spokesman for McDonnell told ABC News that the governor would remain in the office throughout the evening instead of attend the Romney event.

“Given the events of today, the governor will be unable to stop by tonight’s reception,” said Tucker Martin. “He regrets that he cannot welcome Gov. Romney to Virginia, but he needs to be with his public safety team as it continues to monitor and work on this tragic situation at Virginia Tech.”

Romney and McDonnell appeared publicly in late October at Fairfax GOP headquarters, where the Virginia governor was bombarded with questions as to whether he planned to make an endorsement in the Republican primary.

Martin said at the time that the “The governor thinks very highly of Gov. Romney and the campaign he is running. He does believe a current or former governor would make the best next president of the United States. However, he will not make an endorsement in the race, if he does at all, until after Virginia’s mid-term legislative elections in November.”

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Anita Perry Says Obama Has Taxed Ambition Out of American People

Alex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Anita Perry, the wife of GOP presidential candidate Rick Perry, was the latest conservative figure to chide President Obama for saying last week that the American people have “lost our ambition.”

During a short speech in Washington, D.C., Tuesday night, Perry said she was “astounded” by the president’s comments.

“Mr. President, if Americans have lost their ambition it’s because you taxed it out of them,” Perry said.

Perry said there was a “significance” to Tuesday’s date being Nov. 1, 2011, or 11-1-11.

“The significance of so many ones is that it is exactly one year and one week until President Obama becomes a one-term president,” Perry said to applause at the fundraiser for the conservative American Spectator magazine.

Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann was originally slated to headline the event, but she backed out two weeks ago.

GOP presidential contender Herman Cain made a surprise appearance at the fundraiser, saying he was “thrilled” to stop by because of the “special nature” of the event, which was held to honor conservative thinker Robert Bartley.

Cain avoided any questions about the recently surfaced allegations that he sexually harassed two women while serving as CEO of the National Restaurant Association, accusations he has denied over the past three days.

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First Lady Postpones Houston Fundraiser at Home of Ex-Enron Exec

Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy(WASHINGTON) -- First lady Michelle Obama has postponed a campaign fundraiser that had been scheduled for Tuesday at the Houston home of billionaire and former Enron executive John Arnold, her office announced Monday.

The White House advisory cited “scheduling conflicts” for the change. Dana Guefen, a co-chair for the event, declined to comment to ABC News on why the event was moved.

Obama was to also appear at an earlier, larger fundraiser at the Westin Oaks in Houston. She was slated as the keynote speaker at both events.

Arnold, 37, one of the 400 richest Americans according to Forbes, was one of Barack Obama’s top financiers in 2008, bundling between $50,000 and $100,000 in contributions for his election campaign, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. He has personally given the legal maximum -- $5,000 -- to Obama for 2012, records show.

An Obama campaign official said the Houston fundraisers would be rescheduled as soon as possible. They were to benefit the Obama Victory Fund, a joint account run by President Obama and the Democratic National Committee. Ticket prices for the Arnold event ranged from $10,000 up to $35,800, the combined legal maximum.

The first lady will still travel to New Orleans Tuesday to attend a campaign fundraiser and an event for her “Let’s Move” initiative, the White House says.

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Obama: If GOP Wins, 'You Are on Your Own'

Kevin Lamarque-Pool/Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) -- At a million-dollar San Francisco fundraiser Tuesday, President Obama warned his recession-battered supporters that if he loses the 2012 election it could herald a new, painful era of self-reliance in America.

“The one thing that we absolutely know for sure is that if we don’t work even harder than we did in 2008, then we’re going to have a government that tells the American people, ‘You are on your own,’” Obama told a crowd of 200 donors over lunch at the W Hotel.

“If you get sick, you’re on your own. If you can’t afford college, you’re on your own. If you don’t like that some corporation is polluting your air or the air that your child breathes, then you’re on your own,” he said. “That’s not the America I believe in. It’s not the America you believe in.”

Obama and Democrats have been emphasizing what they see as the costly consequences of the Republicans’ agenda in an effort to stir up support, in part by touching on emotional nerves.

Last week, Obama supporters pounced on comments by Republican presidential frontrunner Mitt Romney that the solution to the nation’s housing crisis is “don’t try and stop the foreclosure process. Let it run its course and hit the bottom.”

Tuesday, Obama cast Republicans’ hands-off approach as harmful to middle-class families, who he says deserve government help.

“I reject an argument that says we’ve got to roll back protections that ban hidden fees by credit card companies, or rules that keep our kids from being exposed to mercury, or laws that prevent the health insurance industry from exploiting people who are sick,” Obama said. “And I reject the idea that somehow if we strip away collective bargaining rights, that we’ll be somehow better off."

“We should not be in a race to the bottom where we take pride in having the cheapest labor and the most polluted air and the least protected consumers,” he said.

Obama’s pitch to donors has increasingly sought to raise the stakes for the 2012 race, and the interruptions of resounding applause and handsome fundraising hauls show his message is striking a chord.

The San Francisco event was Obama’s eighth in California in the past month, a sign of the Golden State’s continued importance in his bid for a second term.

Obama has already raised more than $9 million from California donors, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. In 2008, California topped the list of states doling out cash to Obama, totaling more than $77 million for his campaign.

While Obama’s approval has sagged in California, as with the rest of the country -- dipping to 46 percent in a recent Field Poll -- he remains personally popular across the state. Forty-nine percent of voters say they are inclined to endorse a second Obama term, five points higher than those who said they were not inclined.

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Ron Paul Raised More than $5 Million for the Quarter

Jason Merritt/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Rep. Ron Paul’s campaign has raked in more than $5 million for the third fiscal quarter, which ends at midnight Friday.

That figure would be about what he took in last quarter and exactly what the Texas Republican finished with at the end of the third quarter when he ran four years ago.

“I, quite frankly, don’t pay a whole lot of attention to that ’cause I don’t think that’s the litmus test,” Paul told ABC News Friday morning.

"If it was a hundred thousand -- you know -- I would be very worried.”

During the past three months, Paul has launched several “moneybombs," or one-day cash grabs.

The Sept. 17 Constitution Day “moneybomb” raked in more than a million dollars, according to the campaign’s website.

And a “moneybomb” to correspond with Ron Paul’s birthday brought in almost $2 million.

The $5 million is right in line with the $4.5 million the campaign brought in last quarter.

Of all the Republican candidates at the time, only Mitt Romney earned more.

And there are reports that Romney’s totals for this quarter could be twice that of Paul’s.

“We definitely need money, but don’t need a billion dollars,” said Paul.

But unlike Romney, Paul does not have “bundlers” or people assigned to raise large dollars for the campaign.

According to the Center for Responsive Politics, a nonpartisan, nonprofit research group dedicated to tracking money in U.S. politics, small-dollar donations made up about half of Paul’s total donations as of June 30.

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Obama Attacks Perry, GOP at California Fundraiser

JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images(WOODSIDE, Calif.) -- In some of the sharpest comments he’s made this election cycle, President Obama attacked Texas Gov. Rick Perry and recent Republican presidential debate audiences Sunday night at a fundraiser in Woodside, California.

“Some of you here may be folks who actually used to be Republicans but are puzzled by what’s happened to that party, are puzzled by what’s happening to that party.  I mean, has anybody been watching the debates lately?” Obama said, according to a reporter who was there.

“You’ve got a governor whose state is on fire denying climate change,” Obama told donors referring to Perry.

“It’s true.  You’ve got audiences cheering at the prospect of somebody dying because they don’t have health care and booing a service member in Iraq because they’re gay.  That’s not reflective of who we are,” said Obama.

“This is a choice about the fundamental direction of our country.  2008 was an important direction.  2012 is a more important election,” he added.

Obama also took aim at conservative media.  He told donors that if their friends and neighbors are reading the Wall Street Journal editorial page or watching Fox News they need to talk to “push back” on their “inadequate information.”

Obama made his remarks at a high-dollar fundraiser held at the Symantec chairman’s house in Woodside, Calif.  The president is on the West Coast raising campaign money.

Ticket prices for this particular fundraiser started at $2,500.

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Obama: Election Odds Better in 2012 than 2008

SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- At a campaign fundraiser in Washington, D.C., Thursday night, President Obama said he believes his chances of being elected in 2012 are "much higher" than they were in 2008.

"Over the last couple of months there have been Democrats who voiced concerns and nervousness about, well, in this kind of economy, isn't this just -- aren't these just huge headwinds in terms of your re-election?" Obama said.

"And I just have to remind people that, here's one thing I know for certain: The odds of me being re-elected are much higher than the odds of me being elected in the first place."

Obama made the remarks before a gathering of 50 donors to his re-election campaign and the Democratic National Committee who each paid $35,800 to attend.

The event was held at the Georgetown home of former U.S. Ambassador to Portugal Elizabeth Frawley Bagley.

"We remain very confident about our ability to win a contest of ideas in 2012," Obama said, "as long as we can get the message out."

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President Obama's Big Bucks Birthday Bash

JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama turns 50 on Thursday, but he's planning to celebrate a day early.

Fresh off a bruising debt ceiling debate, and an announcement that the administration is pivoting back to a focus on jobs, Obama heads to his hometown Chicago Wednesday night for a lavish birthday-themed fundraiser at the historic Aragon Ballroom.

Organizers expect a crowd of roughly 1,000 supporters, who each paid between $50 and $35,800 to attend. The money flows to the Obama Victory Fund, a joint account for Obama’s re-election campaign and the Democratic National Committee.  

Guests will be entertained with performances by Chicago native musicians Jennifer Hudson, Herbie Hancock, and the rock group OK Go.  

The president will also address the crowd, but will likely not be catching the musical show, a campaign aide said.

Before the speech, Obama plans to hold an exclusive, live-stream video teleconference with thousands of volunteers celebrating his birthday at one of 11,000 grassroots meetings across the country.

After his address at the Aragon, aides say, he will meet privately with a smaller group of VIP attendees, between 80 and 100, before returning to Washington D.C. for the night.

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Obama Rallies Support of LGBT Community in New York

Creatas Images/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- President Obama arrived at a midtown New York hotel gala Thursday night to ask the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community for their support both financially and for their votes in 2012. It was the perfect storm of pressure on President Obama to give an opinion of gay marriage as New York political leaders worked well into the night in Albany to vote on legalizing gay marriage.

Actor Neil Patrick Harris was the emcee of the event. He announced, "President Obama will be coming 'out' soon...'out' on stage, people...."

Supporters included actress Jane Lynch, Patrick Murphy, New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and Fort Worth City Councilman Joel Burns.

The president spoke on various issues and midway through his 20-minute speech, talked about equality.

"I was taught to live up to a simple American value that we are all created equal. It's what my mother and grandparents taught me," Obama said. "I have always believed it. I can't help it, I was born that way." The crowd responds with laughter and cheering.

"I believe that gay couples deserve the same legal rights as every other couple in this country."

The president was mid-sentence as several dinner attendees shouted, "Gay marriage!"

Pres. Obama replied, "I hear you."

He went on to talk about "DADT," hate crime legislation and other LGBT milestones his administration accomplished, including repealing the defense of marriage act.

"Traditionally marriage has been decided by the states. Now I understand there is a little debate going on here in New York. New York is doing exactly what democracies are supposed to do -- discuss and debate until we find the right direction. Slowly but surely we find the way forward," Obama said.

Several other shouts for a definitive answer from the president about gay marriage ensued, but he continued and wrapped up his speech.

This month, the White House launched the official White House LGBT web page and made an official proclamation for LGBT pride month. The subject of marriage was left out of the proclamation.  

In a December press conference the president told Jake Tapper that his “feelings were constantly evolving” on the subject of gay marriage.

Thursday night, protesters held signs outside of Obama’s $1,250-a-plate dinner that read “Evolve Already” and “Do you believe in evolution? We do.” Protesters chanted, "Obama Obama, let mama marry mama! Hey Obama, don't hate on my two mamas!"

Dan Fotou of GetEQUAL said they were protesting the fact that Obama would be “collecting hundreds of thousands if not millions of dollars from the LGBT community but would still not say whether or not he supports marriage equality.” Fotou says that the LGBT community should not be giving Obama any money for his campaign until he takes a firm position on the issue: “We’ll give when we get equal.” He says that Obama’s support for 2012 from the LGBT community isn’t in the bag. “He needs to work hard for it, especially when you have Republicans like Barbara Bush and Cindy McCain that are more left of him.”

The president will be attending two more fundraisers Thursday evening -- a $35,000-a-plate dinner at N.Y. restaurant Daniel and a showing of the Broadway hit Sister Act.

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Obama to Ask LGBT Community for 2012 Support

Creatas Images/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- On Thursday night, President Obama will ask the gay and lesbian community for their support in 2012 at a fundraiser in New York, a state that is close to legalizing gay marriage, even though his position on same-sex marriage is still “constantly evolving.”

Seven months ago Obama said that, while he supports civil unions, the issue of gay marriage was one that he continues to “debate.” He did not, however, say when he plans to take a definitive stance on whether same-sex couples should marry.

“With respect to the issue of whether gays and lesbians should be able to get married, I've spoken about this recently. As I've said, you know, my feelings about this are constantly evolving. I struggle with this,” Obama said at a news conference in December. “At this point, what I've said is, is that my baseline is a strong civil union that provides them the protections and the legal rights that married couples have. And I think -- and I think that's the right thing to do. But I recognize that, from their perspective, it is not enough. And I think this is something that we're going to continue to debate and I personally am going to continue to wrestle with going forward.”

According to the White House, the president is not expected to endorse same-sex marriage at Thursday's $1,250-per-plate “Gala with the Gay Community,” the first fundraising event with the LGBT community held by a sitting president.

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