President Barack Obama is using the weekend for a series of Washington-area fundraisers, including one event geared to Democratic women and another featuring former President Bill Clinton.
Obama denounced Republican opposition to a provision in the health-care law requiring insurance coverage to include contraception services as “like being in a time machine” at an evening fundraiser hosted by the Women’s Leadership Forum and Women for Obama.
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has supported legislation that would allow employers to opt out of providing contraception coverage. The former Massachusetts governor was campaigning today in the swing state of Ohio, where he focused on the economy. He said Obama’s policies have led to greater national debt and slow growth.
Following the event at the Washington Convention Center, Obama was heading to a fundraising dinner with 40 people at a private residence in the Washington-area, according to a campaign official who wasn’t authorized to discuss the event on the record. Tickets to the event cost $40,000, the official said.
Clinton will be a featured guest along with Obama at a dinner and reception April 29 at the McLean, Virginia, home of Terry McAuliffe, a former Democratic National Commmittee chairman and fundraiser for Clinton.
Tickets for the dinner, which will include 80 people, are $20,000 per person. The reception, which will include 500 people, requires a $1,000 donation, the official said.