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    Obama fundraiser in Chicago. Admission only $51, but room is half full

    Obama camp: 1,000 attended 'half-full' fundraiser
    142Comments (98) By JENNIFER EPSTEIN | 8/12/12 6:35 PM EDT CHICAGO -- Republicans quickly jumped on a report that President Obama’s largest fundraiser here Sunday was only “half full,” but the crowd for the event was larger than the Obama campaign had initially anticipated.

    “At Obama fundraiser in Chicago. Admission only $51, but room is half full,” New York Times reporter Jodi Kantor wrote on Twitter.

    The Romney campaign seized on Kantor’s estimate, as spokesman Ryan Williams tweeted, “Thrill is gone.” The Drudge Report also piled on, linking to Kantor’s tweet, which has been reposted by a few hundred others. (Kantor quickly followed up with additional tweets noting that only some tickets to the event cost $51 and that the campaign said the event was sold out.)

    But the crowd for the afternoon fundraiser at the Bridgeport Art Center totaled 1,000, an Obama campaign official said – more than the 850-person estimate the campaign offered earlier in the weekend. Tickets for the Gen44 fundraiser, targeted at younger supporters, started at $51, but many were more expensive.

    And, to this reporter and several others in the White House press pool, the room seemed plenty full. There was empty space at the back of the large loft space during and immediately after the president's remarks, but the crowd was densely packed to get close to the stage at the front of the room where Obama spoke.

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    My e-mail in-box is cluttered with daily messages from the Obama campaign nearly begging me to donate to the Obama campaign.

    I get e-mail from the Romney campaign but never asking for money.

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    The announcement of Paul Ryan as Mitt Romney’s running mate is clearly galvanizing voters across the country; people are turning out in droves to see the new Republican ticket in person. Tweets from those attending the rallies today testify to the excitement:
    @datakcy: At Romney/Ryan rally in NC: overflow crowd. Arena full. Cars backed up for miles!
    @GayPatriot: All these people back into the trees are listening to ‪@PaulRyanVP on outside speakers. Wow.
    @SarahPompei: You'd think a boy band walked into thousands of teenage girls. Nope.
    Attendees tweeted pictures from the rally, which had enormous lines backed up around the block:

    And the ticket is on the offensive. According to Jim Acosta of CNN, Ryan compared Romney’s rescue of the 2002 “bloated, wasteful, corrupted” Salt Lake City Olympics to what Romney will have to do with the federal government. “That sound familiar?” Ryan asked.
    Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), who introduced Ryan, summed up the economically rock-solid Ryan like this:
    “My wife thought she married the tightest man in the world till she met Paul Ryan. He’s going to be even tighter with your dollars."
    The very antidote for the failed Obama policies. No wonder the grassroots are on fire.
    Update: From our very own Rebel Pundit, at the Romney/Ryan rally in Wisconsin this evening:



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