June 27th, 2011
12:26 PM ET
President Obama’s reelection campaign is ramping up its fundraising push among small donors ahead of Thursday’s second quarter deadline - with a little help from Joe Biden.
The campaign had previously sought to lure donors by entering them in a raffle to have dinner with the president. But if that wasn’t enough of a draw for some on-the-fence supporters, the campaign has now added Vice President Biden’s name to the attendee list.
“We are setting another place at the table for Joe Biden,” Obama announced in web video. “To use one of his favorite expressions, that’s a big deal.”
Sadly, Obama conspicuously left out the key f-bomb modifier that Biden used to make that phrase famous after the health care law was passed last year.
The Obama campaign has said they want to report raising at least $60 million in the second quarter combined with the Democratic National Committee. Obama campaign press secretary Ben LaBolt reports that the campaign has already received donations from 300,000 individuals. That compares to the 180,000 individuals who had donated to the president at this point in 2007.