Updated 07/31/2012 12:18 AM
Obama Rakes In More Campaign Cash At Manhattan Dinner
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President Barack Obama addressed 60 donors at a high-end campaign dinner fundraiser in Manhattan's Flatiron District on Monday night, and admitted to his supporters that this race is currently "a close election."
The five dozen supporters paid $40,000 per plate to attend the private event in the NoMad Hotel on Broadway.
"If the election were held today it would be close, but I think we'd win," the president said, after he praised his administration's work on the economy.
While Obama said the race is currently close, he noted there were 99 days left to campaign.
The trip came a little more than a month after the president visited the new One World Trade Center.
Recent finance reports show Obama has been outraised by Mitt Romney for two straight months.
In an interview with NY1, New York State Republican Chairman Edward Cox criticized Obama for focusing too much on campaign funds.
"23 million Americans are out of work, and he hasn't met with his job council for six months. And over that period of time he's held 121 fundraisers. I would suggest that rather than being here and tying up traffic in our great city he should be in the White House," said Cox.
"He's up against this whole Citizens Union juggernaut of money that has never been in campaigns before and obviously the Republicans have a lot more of that pouring in. You know, in order to carry out the agenda, you have to raise money," said an Obama supporter.
It was also formally announced Monday that former President Bill Clinton will have a headlining role at the Democratic National Convention, as he will give the nominating speech on September 5.