President Barack Obama spoke at a fundraiser co-hosted by by Ricky Martin, the LGBT Leadership Council and the Futuro Fund at the Rubin Museum of Art in New York City.
Obama drew a contrast between presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney and 2008 presidential nominee Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.). "We have a very clear contrast this time. John McCain believed in climate change and believed in immigration reform," he said. "What we have this time out is a candidate who said he would rubber stamp a Republican Congress that wants us to go backward, not forward."
He also spoke about his recent endorsement of same-sex marriage. "I want everyone treated fairly in this country. We have never gone wrong when we've extended rights and responsibilities to everybody. That doesn't weaken families, that strengthens families."
Tickets started at $5,000 and around 200 people were expected to attend.
Later, Obama is attending a fundraiser held at the home of Tony James, president of the Blackstone Group, a private equity firm. Earlier Monday, the Obama campaign released videos attacking presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney's experience leading private equity firm Bain Capital. Obama campaign deputy manager Stephanie Cutter said Monday on a conference call that the videos were about Romney's values, not the private equity industry as a whole.
This post has been updated.
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