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Top Obama Bundler Courts Chris Christie for President
Commentary Magazine ^ | July 20, 2011 | Alana Goodman

Posted on 07/20/2011 11:25:34 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

President Obama ’s class warfare rhetoric definitely helps him rally his progressive base, but it may be turning off some major political donors who supported him in 2008. Politico’s Mike Allen names a few of the high-profile fundraisers who tried to persuade Gov. Chris Christie to run for president at a meeting yesterday, and it looks like at least one – hedge fund billionaire Paul Tudor Jones – was a major Obama bundler in 2008. According to financial disclosures, Jones raked in between $100,000 and $200,000 for the campaign, but he doesn’t appear on Obama’s recently-released list of 2012 bundlers.

Other billionaires at the Christie event included hedge fund titan Stan Druckenmiller and Home Depot co-founder Bernie Marcus, who have both publicly railed against the president’s economic policies. And there were reportedly also unnamed attendees who claimed to be former Obama supporters who have grown disillusioned with the president:

Several of Langone’s guests said during the session that they are Republicans, but voted for Barack Obama in 2008 because they disagreed with having Sarah Palin on the GOP ticket.

Several said they were severely disappointed in the president. The biggest complaint was what some called “class warfare.”

While this is a good sign for Republicans looking to pick off Obama backers, there hasn’t been any evidence yet that Obama’s ability to recruit wealthy donors has been seriously impacted. He’s raised at least $35 million from 244 bundlers so far this cycle, although it remains to be seen whether he’ll have as many bundlers as he did in 2008 (560). But for at least some wealthy fundraisers, the president’s bitter tirades about taxes on corporate jets don’t seem to be helping.

As for Gov. Christie, the presence of all of those high-powered kingmakers reportedly didn’t sway him from his previously stated decision not to run. However, the prospect of such major financial backing had to be tempting — maybe it’ll be something for Christie to mull over during his well-timed trip to Iowa next week.


TOPICS: New Jersey; Campaign News; Parties; State and Local
KEYWORDS: chrischristie; christie; obama; palin
Did you catch the bit about Gov. Palin?
1 posted on 07/20/2011 11:25:38 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

http://hotair.com/greenroom/archives/2011/07/20/hot-air-approval-survey-results-july/
results are in, guess who the star is?
back to read your post in a while.


2 posted on 07/20/2011 11:27:00 AM PDT by libbylu (Game On!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Several of Langone’s guests said during the session that they are Republicans, but voted for Barack Obama in 2008 because they disagreed with having Sarah Palin on the GOP ticket.

This is professional BS. These guys are Progressive hack Libs. Just like Steve Wynn whining about Obama while he funnels money to radical leftists like Harry Ried. A VP choice turned them off? No way. If they are so much the Republicans they claim to be, why court a RINO like Christie?

3 posted on 07/20/2011 11:32:42 AM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: libbylu

But “she’s not running,” “she isn’t serious,” “too much baggage,” “she’s a ditz,” blah, blah, blah, yada, yada, yada, etc..


4 posted on 07/20/2011 11:34:57 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I'll raise $2million for Gov. Sarah Palin. What'll you do?)
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Dang. Well I guess 2-3 compared to the many many thousands who only voted for johnboy because of Sarah would be expected.


5 posted on 07/20/2011 11:44:19 AM PDT by libbylu (Game On!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“Class warfare”? He RAN on class warfare!


6 posted on 07/20/2011 11:45:05 AM PDT by FrdmLvr
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It's a standard Democrat ploy to bring a stalking horse into an election in hopes to split the conservative vote and either end up with a RINO for a nominee or sway an election.

What conservative could honestly vote for Christie? He isn't even as conservative as most RINOs of his ilk like Trump, Romney, McCain or Huckabee. Maybe he will run as and independent like Perot...anything to save this failing administration.

7 posted on 07/20/2011 11:45:17 AM PDT by Durus (You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality. Ayn Rand)
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The stupidity of businesspeople who supported Obama at any time, for any reason, ... is astounding.


8 posted on 07/20/2011 12:13:46 PM PDT by PBRSTREETGANG
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9 posted on 07/20/2011 12:17:49 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I'll raise $2million for Gov. Sarah Palin. What'll you do?)
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If these so-called “businessmen” support Obama over Palin this time around, then they deserve the ruin that Obama will try to force on them. They should know better, but I’m not sure if they do.


10 posted on 07/20/2011 7:47:36 PM PDT by RecoveringPaulisto
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