San Antonio, TX (CNN) – President Obama took his campaign to one of the reddest states in the country on Tuesday, telling a crowd of roughly 1,200 supporters at a lunch-time fundraiser here that while he may not win their home state in November, Texas Democrats should be optimistic about the future.
“You’re not considered one of the battleground states, but that’s going to be changing soon,” Obama said to applause, referring to Texas’ changing demographics that many analysts predict may help shift the state’s political leaning.
Long a reliable state for Republicans, Texas has nonetheless been a consistent source of money for both political parties. According to the Center for Responsive Politics, only Californians have donated more to presidential candidates this cycle than the nearly $30 million given by Texans.
Do you ever wish you had a chance to do something over? Well last night at the USA men's basketball ball game against Brazil President Obama got that chance.
During the first half of the game the Obamas were featured in the arena's "Kiss Cam" but they didn't kiss. The crowd, unhappy that they had been cheated out of a first couple smooch, booed their dissatisfaction.
The president had the chance to make it right when near the end of the game the "Kiss Cam" came back to the couple. This time, with daughter Malia egging them on, the president and first lady gave the crowd what they wanted, a big ole kiss.
It's a long way to go daytripping but President Obama is heading to Texas this morning for a two city four fundraiser visit. One of the fundraisers in San Antonio, the first city he will visit, will include a luncheon hosted by actress and campaign national co-chair Eva Longoria.
Austin is the second city in Texas, and in keeping with the celebrity theme of the day, musician Jerry Jeff Walker will headline the event at The Austin Music Hall.
8:00AM In-Town Pool Call Time
9:00AM THE PRESIDENT departs the White House en route Joint Base Andrews. South Lawn
9:15AM THE PRESIDENT departs Joint Base Andrews en route San Antonio, Texas
11:30AM THE PRESIDENT arrives in San Antonio, Texas. San Antonio International Airport
1:00PM THE PRESIDENT delivers remarks at a campaign event. The Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, San Antonio, Texas
2:30PM THE PRESIDENT delivers remarks at a campaign event. Private Residence, San Antonio, Texas
3:50PM THE PRESIDENT departs San Antonio, Texas en route Austin, Texas. San Antonio International Airport
4:25PM THE PRESIDENT arrives Austin, Texas. Austin-Bergstrom International Airport
5:50PM THE PRESIDENT delivers remarks at a campaign event. Austin Music Hall, Austin, Texas
7:55PM THE PRESIDENT delivers remarks at a campaign event. Private Residence
9:10PM THE PRESIDENT departs Austin, Texas en route Joint Base Andrews. Austin-Bergstrom International Airport
1:05AM THE PRESIDENT arrives Joint Base Andrews
1:20AM THE PRESIDENT arrives the White House. South Lawn
Principal Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest will gaggle on Air Force One