Planes Scramble During Obama Fundraisers

President Obama made fundraising stops in Westport and Stamford, Monday.

By Jeff Saperstone
|  Tuesday, Aug 7, 2012  |  Updated 7:26 AM CDT
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President Obama's re-election campaign hoped to raise more than $2 million at two fundraisers Monday night. He made stops in Stamford and Westport.  And before he even left, jets were forced to scramble when two planes flew into restricted space.

President Obama's re-election campaign hoped to raise more than $2 million at two fundraisers Monday night. He made stops in Stamford and Westport. And before he even left, jets were forced to scramble when two planes flew into restricted space.

President Barack Obama's visit to Connecticut was brief on Monday night, but he left with more than $2 million to add to his campaign war chest.

The president made his first stop in Stamford at the Marriott Hotel, where hosted a $500-per-person fundraiser.

He went after Republican rival Mitt Romney's tax plan.

"It's like Robin Hood in reverse, it's Romney Hood," President Obama said.

The Romney campaign quickly fired back.

"There’s only one candidate in this race who’s going to raise taxes on the American people – and that’s Barack Obama," Romney campaign spokesman Ryan Williams said.

After the president wrapped up his speech in Stamford, he headed north on Interstate 95 to Westport for a fundraiser at filmmaker Harvey Weinstein's home.

There Obama joined about 50 others, including Hollywood stars Anne Hathaway and Aaron Sorkin. Gov. Daniel Malloy was also in attendance for the $35,800-per-person dinner at Weinstein's waterfront home.

Polls show President Obama leads Mitt Romney in Connecticut, but he trails in fundraising.

"It's wonderful to have the president here so he can speak directly to the people of Connecticut," said Rep. Rosa DeLauro, who attended the Stamford fundraiser.

Not everyone laid out the welcome mat.

Dozens of protesters, organized by the Tea Party, rallied outside the Stamford hotel against the president and his policies.

"That man is a human wrecking ball," Morris Price said. "There is nothing in his entire presidency that's been positive."

There was a brief scare when two F-15 fighter jets had to be scrambled over restricted airspace.

Two small planes, one over Long Island around 7 p.m., the other over New Haven had to be intercepted. Both landed without incident.
 

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