President Obama took his re-election pitch to New England on Friday, delivering remarks at four fundraisers held at the University of Vermont and Southern Maine Community College.
"I'm here not just because I need your help. I'm here because the country needs your help," Obama told his audience at UVM. Obama touted the revival of the auto industry, the health care reform legislation, the end of Don't Ask Don't Tell and the end of the war in Iraq, to cheers from the audience.
Young people are key to the president's re-election hopes, and it was the first time this year President Obama has delivered his re-election message at a campus setting.
At schools, tickets for the general public cost $100 and students and grassroots activists were charged $44, according to White House pool reports. There were approximately 4,500 supporters in attendance at the UVM event, and 1,800 people were scheduled to attend the event at Southern Maine Community College.
Obama also held a fundraiser for about 100 guests at the Sheraton Burlington event earlier this afternoon; guests paid upwards of $7,500 per person to attend. The 130 supporters expected to attend an evening fundraiser at the Portland Museum of Art paid upwards of $5,000 per person, according to pool reports.