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Posted: 9:41 p.m. Thursday, June 7, 2012
By Blair Miller
Money is a big focus in the presidential race and the candidates are holding as many fundraisers as campaign rallies.
Both the president and Mitt Romney are seeing a big payoff and are not missing an opportunity to attack the other’s records and policies.
The attacks kept up Thursday.
“Now is not the time to double the interest rate on your student loans. Now is the time to double down on the middle class,” said Barack Obama at a rally at UNLV Thursday afternoon.
But these days, campaign rallies seem to be taking a back seat to massive fundraising efforts.
Both men have been crisscrossing the country, shoring up their campaign war chests. The air travel paid off big for Romney and the GOP who reported earnings of $76.8 million during the month of May.
It was the first month Romney and the GOP earned more than the president.
Obama and the Democrats pulled in $60 million, campaign bean counters reported.
While Obama ended up in unfamiliar territory, second behind Romney, he’s still shattering records for fundraising events.
As president, Obama has help 156 fundraising events, nearly double the number former Pres. George Bush attended during his first term.
Obama is also getting some help on the campaign trail from a fired up first lady.
On Thursday, Michelle Obama rallied supporters in Virginia, one of a handful of battleground states.
When asked what Romney thought of his chances to win, he simply said the campaign had a long way to go before answering that question.
The Obama campaign emailed supporters after learning Romney had raised more money in May. The point of the email was simple: give more.
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