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Obama, Romney cross paths in SF Sunday night

By Steven Luo July 22, 2012 No Comments Print Share

Barack Obama speaking at a LinkedIn-sponsored town hall in Mountain View. (Steven Luo / CALIFORNIA BEAT)

Mitt Romney speaks to supporters at a rally in Tempe, Arizona. (Courtesy Gage Skidmore)

President Barack Obama and his Republican challenger, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, are expected to cross paths in San Francisco Sunday night as a last-minute change to Obama’s schedule brings him to the Bay Area one day earlier than expected.

Obama, who was previously scheduled to arrive in the Bay Area Monday afternoon as part of a three-day fundraising swing through Oakland, Portland, Seattle, and New Orleans, will now spend Sunday night in San Francisco after attending a memorial service in Aurora, Colo. for victims of Friday’s theater shooting.

Romney, meanwhile, is scheduled to hold three fundraisers during a rare visit by a GOP candidate to the Bay Area, headlined by a fundraiser at the Fairmont Hotel on Nob Hill in San Francisco. That event is scheduled to begin at 4:45 p.m.

Romney will also speak at two $50,000-per-plate meals, one at the Woodside home of Siebel Systems founder Tom Siebel, the other at the San Francisco residence of investor Roger Barnett. Romney — like Obama — is expected to spend the night in San Francisco.

The White House had previously announced that Obama was to speak at the national convention of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Reno Monday afternoon before flying into Oakland International Airport to attend an evening fundraiser at the Fox Theater in Downtown Oakland. It will be the President’s first visit to Oakland since he took office in January 2009.

Obama is now expected to fly to Reno from San Francisco Monday before returning to Oakland in the afternoon.

Protesters are expected outside both the Romney event at the Fairmont in San Francisco and the Obama event at the Fox Theater in Oakland.

The twin visits by the presidential candidates come as the race to stock up on cash for what is likely to be a heated and expensive fall campaign picks up. As of the end of June, Romney and the Republican National Committee have a combined $170 million on hand, a more than $25 million advantage over Obama and the DNC, who have $144 million available in their accounts.

Contact Steven Luo at sluo@californiabeat.org.

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