President Obama headed to Maine for late-March fundraiser

Posted Feb. 06, 2012, at 11:19 a.m.
Last modified Feb. 06, 2012, at 7:09 p.m.
President Barack Obama speaks in the East Room of the White House in Washington on Jan. 13, 2012.
Haraz N. Ghanbari | AP
President Barack Obama speaks in the East Room of the White House in Washington on Jan. 13, 2012.

PORTLAND, Maine — President Barack Obama has scheduled a trip to Maine in late March, the Maine Democratic Party confirmed Monday.

Obama will participate in two fundraisers in the Portland area on March 30, one of which likely will be open to the media, Maine Democratic Party spokeswoman Lizzy Reinholt said.

“We don’t have specific details yet, but we should be getting them soon,” she said.

Reinholt said the president’s campaign staff also has been asked if he would appear in Maine’s 2nd congressional district between now and November, but there has been no confirmation of another visit.

Obama was last in Maine in July 2010 when he and his family spent several days vacationing on Mount Desert Island. The president also visited Bangor in February 2008 when he was vying for his party’s nomination. He won 58 percent of the vote in Maine that year, to Republican John McCain’s 40 percent. Obama also came to the Portland Expo in April 2010 to tout his health care legislation.

First lady Michelle Obama participated in a pair of private fundraisers in Maine last year. One was at the Ocean Gateway terminal in Portland and another at a private home in Cape Elizabeth.

The White House also has confirmed that Obama will stop in Burlington on Friday, March 30, to attend campaign events. Obama visited Vermont in 2006 as a senator from Illinois to campaign for Bernie Sanders, who was running for the U.S. Senate, and Peter Welch, who was running for the U.S. House.

Rep. Welch said the president’s visit is an honor for Vermont and a homecoming for Obama. The Democrat says Obama’s 2006 visit revealed the early affection and enthusiasm Vermonters had for him. And he says Vermont was the first state in the nation in 2008 “to go into the Obama column on election night.”

The last president to visit Vermont was Bill Clinton in 1995.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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