Did he promise to rack up more debt than all presidents from George Washington to George H.W. Bush combined? Because if he did that’s one promise he definitely kept.
(Reuters) — President Barack racked up cash for his re-election campaign at fundraisers in Nevada and California on Monday, declaring that he had kept 60 percent of the promises he made as a candidate in 2008.
Obama is in the middle of a three-day swing through battleground states in the West, a trip that Republicans have blasted as evidence that he cares more about saving his own job than helping unemployed Americans.
Mixing official White House business with stops to raise funds, Obama — who is far ahead of his rivals in campaign cash — is working to expand the financial advantage he hopes to maintain next year.
As part of his message at one fundraiser, where some 40 donors each paid $35,800 to attend, Obama listed his accomplishments since entering office in 2009 and said he needed more time to finish what his administration had begun.
“A lot of the things that we promised we’d do, we’ve done,” Obama said, citing healthcare reform and ending the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy preventing gay men and women from serving openly in the U.S. military.
“I carry around a little checklist, and I think we’ve got about 60 percent of it done so far. And that’s not bad for three years, because I need another five.”