NEW YORK (AP) — President Barack Obama told campaign donors Monday that "if the election were held today, I think it'd be close, but I think we'd win." He said his opponents were "spending like nobody's business" and that Democrats need substantial sums to counterpunch.
"We now have 99 days left, and if I can say that every day for the next 99 days then we will be able to embark on the next phase of this journey," Obama told an intimate crowd of well-heeled donors. "
The president held court in the Parisian-style NoMad hotel in Manhattan's Flatiron District with 60 people who contributed $40,000 each, raising more than $2 million for the 2012 elections.
Obama went through his administration's efforts to boost the struggling economy but allowed that "right now, the economy is still rough enough for enough people that this is going to be a close election. He said "continued headwinds" were likely, including the financial uncertainty in Europe.
"I don't think that ultimately that the Europeans will let the euro unravel, but they're going to have to take some decisive steps," Obama said. "And I've been spending an enormous amount of time trying to work with them."
Obama said big-spending super PACs "are engaging in an experiment that we have not seen in American democracy for quite some time. They are spending like nobody's business and focusing on negative ads."
Obama said the Democrats don't have to match that spending dollar-for-dollar, "but we do have to make sure that we can get our message out effectively."
While the president was raising millions in New York, Republican rival Mitt Romney trolled for cash overseas, working a fundraiser into his schedule in Israel. Both sides are in a pell-mell race for campaign dollar as polls show the two candidates running about even. June was the second consecutive month in which Romney brought in more money than Obama.
Vice President Joe Biden, in an email to supporters, wrote Monday: "This isn't hyperbole or exaggeration: If we don't win this election, it will be because we didn't close the spending gap when we could."
In a separate email, Obama campaign chief operating office Ann Marie Habershaw wrote that, "to be frank, we've gotten our behinds handed to us the past two FEC deadlines by Mitt Romney and his crew."
Obama was in New York last month, too, raising cash from big-dollar fundraisers at the home of actors Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick and at an event featuring a performance by singer Mariah Carey.
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1. Just a NY girl with BIG dreams....
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2. HAPPY CHILDREN=QUALITY PARENTING. We don't always see eye to eye on everything and that's normal. We're human beings. But we come together and do it right for what's important, the kids. We are not enemies, we are parents. And we are parents 1st. S/O to @monyettashaw for making Mason's bday memorable. S/O to @itscrystalsmith at home taking care of our other lil' Prince. ❤️❤️❤️ THIS IS WHAT CO-PARENTING LOOKS LIKE. #Blessed #Happy #AboveTheDrama #BiggerThanUs
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3. So happy to finally be able to share with you all that I’m the new Global Brand Ambassador for @Revlon! Follow my day on RevlonSnaps. Yay! Choose Love, Everybody! #RevlonXCiara #chooselove #ad
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4. Glam on point!!!@makeupbymotoko & @shaylinjoneshair #easybreezy @lifetimetv #beachesmovie #january2017 😘
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5. ✨True love ✨📸: @jessiemarrerophotography
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7. Today was not easy..but by the grace of God we all got through it. Words cannot express our gratitude for all of your Prayers, Positive thoughts and Support for us throughout the years. Tommy will be missed but most certainly never forgotten...And PLEASE don't ask "Where's Martin?.." he was there too...just not in this picture. Lol! God bless you all.. #LoveConquersAll #MartinShow
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9. West coast get ready for #RockyHorror. I will be live tweeting again. #letsdothetimewarpagain
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10. #THEKEYS pre order yours now ... Available everywhere #NOV22 #WeTheBest 🔑🔑🔑🔑🔑🔑🔑🔑🔑🔑🔑🔑🔑🔑🔑🔑🔑🔑🔑🔑
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11. We about to ROCK at #KCABlackBall!! All for our life-changing effort to end 🌎 AIDS.
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12. Today's #SNAPJACK is brought to you by @yazzthegreatest 😂😂😂💋💋💋
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13. Damn girl you kinda old to be headed to the Go Go. You coming in at the age they leaving. LMAO
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14. Daddy daycare B-Boxin with @acewellstucker @shopraisingace
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15. #FBF Naviyd & URV "LIL MONSTERS"
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16. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ONE OF THE BIGGEST LEGENDS IN OUR HIPHOP HISTORY! @snoopdogg CONTINUED BLESSING AND LOVE FAMILY!!!!! REAL OG!
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17. Thank you for a beautiful night VSU! Let's do it again! #HOMECOMING
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18. Had a great time this morning with my familia Erica, Griff & Truth!!
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19. Check out my interview on @essence facebook live. #inmyownwords #nycpromo #day2
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20. #She💋 #tbt #TheCoveAtTheAtlantis #DawgPawsAndAll
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21. Bae #retailtherapy
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22. Why me and @coryhardrict got the same pose... and notee... new mouth #naked
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23. When my husband is my personal 'hype-man'! it kills me every time! 💜😂 #WHATNOW #lostfiles📷
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24. Diggy Simmons
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25. Hand full of @jacquieaiche 💙💎💍 @esnail_la 💅🏾
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26. SuperSoulers! You can watch my interview with Carl Lentz live from my Facebook page, tomorrow at 11a ET| 8a PT. #SuperSoulSunday
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27. 💋 .. When the friendship is easy like Sunday morning. ☀️
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28. Sunday mornings are the best........... hugs and cuddles with my angel
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29. #huggar16 #hellohuggars
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30. My gym is everywhere!.. #RnBMoney #TheGeneral 📸: @twelvepastseven
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31. Nothing I would rather be doing... Rocko setting up our movie, Romelō working on a puzzle & Laiyah singing and sharing all she's learning at school... I'm so grateful for the joy they've brought into my life ... Praying for peace , joy & love in the home of EVERY family ♥️ #HeadScarfPJSunday LOL 😂
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