Reporting Meghan McCorkell
BALTIMORE (WJZ)—Two high-profile political visits to Maryland and they’re both looking for the same thing: money for their campaigns.
Meghan McCorkell has more on the race for the White House right here in Baltimore.
President Barack Obama held two fundraisers in our area Tuesday but Republicans also made a strong showing with their own push for campaign dollars.
Amidst cheers from the crowd, President Barack Obama rallied supporters in Baltimore.
“The last thing we can do is return to the very policies that got us into this mess in the first place. Not now, not with so much at stake, Baltimore!” Obama said.
The president started the day with a private fundraiser in Owings Mills. Dozens in the streets got a glimpse of the motorcade.
He then moved to the excited crowds at the Inner Harbor’s Hyatt Regency.
“Moving forward, not backwards. It’s all about the future generations and putting things in place for our families and for our kids. That’s it in Baltimore,” said one person.
The president wasn’t the only one campaigning in town. Ann Romney threw her own event near BWI Airport. The event, hosted by former Governor Bob Ehrlich, was closed to the media.
“We need the values of America to be brought back,” said Mary Pat Carozza.
“The hopey changey thing didn’t work for four years. We suffered, I think, tremendously,” said Mary D’Ambrogi.
“The Obama campaign can be wrapped up into one word: failure,” said David Ferguson.
The president is also taking a hard stand against his opponent.
“My question is, why are you running with the same bad ideas that brought our economy to the brink of disaster?” Obama said.
Both sides are now promising many more swings through the state.
Supporters of the president estimate he raised about $2 million in Maryland Tuesday. The Romney event was $1,000 a plate.
According to the Center for Responsive Politics, Maryland ranks eleventh in the country for political contributions in this presidential election.