(CNN) – Former President Bill Clinton has landed in the headlines recently for making some seemingly off message comments while campaigning on behalf of President Barack Obama.
As the current White House occupant’s most high profile surrogate and a popular national figure, Clinton’s words carry weight. They’ve prompted Congressional responses, comments from the White House and even a clarification from Team Clinton.
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(CNN) – Is California President Barack Obama's ATM?
The president heads to California Wednesday for four fund-raisers. It's his third fund-raising swing through the Golden State over the past month.
The president's raised over $44 million in California this cycle, according to data through the end of April from Political MoneyLine. That's nearly $16 million more than the amount Obama's raised in New York, which is second when it comes to contributions for president.
But the fact the Golden State is number one is no surprise.
WASHINGTON (CNN) –The White House denied authorizing national security leaks and pushed back on criticism that the release of sensitive information was politically motivated. Speaking to reporters aboard Air Force One as the president traveled to campaign events on the West Coast, spokesman Jay Carney called the latter charge, “grossly irresponsible.”
It was in direct response to criticism from Senator John McCain who called for an investigation into leaks of a U.S. cyber program aimed at Iran’s nuclear program and other recent reports of sensitive national security information.
“This administration takes all appropriate and necessary steps to prevent leaks of classified information or sensitive information that could risk ongoing counterterrorism or intelligence operations, Carney said. “Any suggestion that this administration has authorized intentional leaks of classified information for political gain is grossly irresponsible.”
President Obama hits the road once again to the West Coast to raise some money for his campaign. His trip is two-days but Wednesday’s focus is solely on raising cash from various groups in California. While California is obviously not a swing state, this is Obama’s third trip to the state in the last month because that’s where the big donors are. His first stop is in San Francisco where he’ll have two events, both out of the view of cameras. The first one is a financial roundtable with donors which is completely closed press. The second event is a fundraiser luncheon at the Julia Morgan Ballroom. According to the campaign, tickets start at $5000.
Then later in the day, President Obama travels to Los Angeles to attend two more fundraisers. The first is a big LGBT gala at the Beverly Wilshire in Beverly Hills. We’re told that Pink was scheduled to perform but that she is ill and had to cancel. Darren Criss from “Glee” will be performing in her place. That fundraiser will be open to cameras. He’ll attend one more fundraiser, at a private residence, before heading to his hotel in LA for the night.
Full schedule aftert the jump