President Barack Obama on Wednesday bemoaned the “perpetual campaigns” being waged between him and the Republicans, from an exclusive Democratic fundraiser in San Francisco that cost up to $34,200 to attend.
“My intention here is to try to get as much done with the Republican Party over the next two years as I can, because we can’t have perpetual campaigns,” Obama said at a private home to benefit the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “And so I mean what I say. I am looking to find areas of common ground with Republicans every single day” including on a long term fiscal deal, immigration reform and more gun control legislation.
Obama praised House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) as a courageous leader whom he wants back as House speaker. Pelosi was in attendance and also spoke at the event.
“Despite all the rhetoric on television, I actually believe that Americans have a lot more in common than our political rhetoric would give us credit for,” Obama said. “But having said all that, I know Nancy Pelosi. I’ve seen her courage. I know that she is willing to do the right thing, even when it’s not politically popular. And I want her once again as a fully empowered partner for us to be able to move our agenda forward.”
Obama spoke to about 100 people, where ticket prices ranged from $5,000 to the $34,200 price tag, a Democratic official said.
He spoke at a second event later in the evening where tickets cost $32,400. They were Obama’s first DCCC fundraisers for the 2014 election cycle.