Obama Responds to Romney Attacks in Northwest Fundraising Swing

President Barack Obama greets supporters at a campaign fundraiser at the Oregon Convention Center on July 24, 2012 in Portland.      Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images

President Barack Obama raised money from supporters in the Pacific Northwest yesterday as he and his campaign organization retaliated against Republican challenger Mitt Romney’s attacks.

Obama, on a three-day swing through five states, planned to collect at least $6.3 million in California, Oregon and Washington over two days, including four fundraisers yesterday in Portland and a Seattle suburb. He’ll raise more money in Louisiana and speak to the National Urban League today.

In Portland, Obama criticized Romney and “his allies” in the Senate for plans today to block an extension of George W. Bush-era tax cuts for those with incomes of less than $250,000. Obama wants those cuts to expire for people with incomes above that amount after Dec. 31.

“Republicans have decided they’re not going to let this bill pass,” affecting 98 percent of Americans, Obama said. “They’ve decided to hold middle-class tax cuts hostage. We tried this. It didn’t work. It’s not what most Americans, regardless of party, believe what will grow the economy.”

The Democrat’s campaign also released a television ad in six swing states aimed at parrying the presumptive Republican nominee’s accusation that Obama is hostile to business.

“We are not going to stand by while Romney slices and dices, deliberately takes out of context the president remarks on businesses,” Jen Psaki, an Obama campaign spokeswoman, told reporters on Air Force One as the president traveled to Oregon.

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