Obama Planning Boston Fundraising Stop In March

President Obama is planning a fundraising visit to Boston in March. An e-mail sent out by former Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Friday said Mr. Obama will join Democratic leaders for dinner in Boston on March 8.

The event is planned for the city's newly refurbished Museum of Fine Arts, according to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's website, which lists the price of the dinner starting at $5,000 per person.

Pelosi described the event as "an unforgettable evening with President Obama and leading Democrats from across America."

"It is critical that we show the world how strongly we support President Obama's bold vision to encourage innovation and invest in America's future," she wrote.

Pelosi also faulted Republicans for pushing what she called a divisive agenda that will compromise the economic security of the middle class.

The e-mail includes a solicitation for $5 or more for a chance to win a trip to the Boston event and join her at the dinner. Democratic members of the state's congressional delegation are also expected to attend.

"We love when the president comes," said Massachusetts Democratic Party John Walsh.

The fundraising visit comes amid increasing talk of Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick playing a more prominent national role in Mr. Obama's reelection campaign.

In recent weeks Patrick has traveled out of state to meet with two top Democratic operatives, including Obama political adviser David Axelrod in Chicago and Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine in Washington.

Patrick, a friend of Mr. Obama, ran a successful reelection campaign last year during a tough election cycle for Democrats nationally.

The two also share Chicago roots and political advisors, including Axelrod who helped Patrick win his first bid for office in 2006.

Mr. Obama's last high profile visit to Massachusetts was back in October when he attended a campaign rally with Patrick during the closing weeks of Patrick's reelection bid.

During the rally, the president said that when he's backstage at some political rallies, he's busy checking his BlackBerry.

"But when Deval speaks, I listen," he said to laughter.

This program aired on February 18, 2011. The audio for this program is not available.


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