Monday, February 12, 2007

Anti-war activists prominent at Chicago rally

More than 7,000 people greeted Barack Obama at his final rally over the weekend before heading to Los Angeles.

A group of anti-war protesters began calling for cutting Iraq War funding during the candidate's speech. Afterward, Obama, who has taken strong positions against the war over the weekend, said that he did not want to cut funding because it would endanger troops already in the region. He said the answer was to start bringing troops home in a full de-escalation rather than denying funds for war expenses.

Later in the day, Obama attended a fundraiser at the Hyatt Regency Chicago attended by 700 people where he reportedly made more than $1.5 million for his campaign.

In LA, Obama will have an event at the
Rancho Cienega Sports Complex on Tuesday, Feb. 20. That evening he will also attend a big $2300-a-ticket reception at the Beverly Hilton Hotel hosted by Geffen, Katzenberg and Spielberg. Reportedly there will also be a private dinner with Obama at Geffen's house for those who pledge to raise at least $46,000.

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