A day after unflattering footage of Mitt Romney dismissing 47 percent of Americans as “victims” dependent on government support began consuming the news cycle, the embattled GOP presidential candidate and his wife swung through Dallas for a pair of fundraisers. Meanwhile, President Barack Obama spent the evening in New York being feted by Beyoncé and Jay-Z at a $42,000-a-head fundraiser that brought in $4 million for his campaign.
After arriving in Dallas on “ Hair Force One,” Ann Romney attended a luncheon at President’s George W. Bush’s Preston Hollow home. Then the Romneys headed to a reception and dinner at the Hilton Anatole hotel, appearing alongside U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison and oil magnate T. Boone Pickens, according to WFAA’s Teresa Woodard.
At the Hilton Anatole, Romney steered clear of the topic occupying the news cycle for the last 24 hours in Dallas, according to the Dallas Morning News’s Gromer Jeffers, Jr., “Romney didn’t mention the uproar over his secretly recorded remarks, giving instead what amounted to a routine stump speech. He charged that Obama wants to ‘redistribute the wealth’ and seeks a government that intrudes in Americans’ lives.”
The events were hosted by Ray and Heather Washburne, according to Politico’s Anna Palmer. “Texas moneyman Washburne said the event will be Romney’s last fundraiser in Dallas before the election and that they are focused on getting the last of the people sitting on the sidelines to give money,” Palmer reported, noting that Washburne helped bring in $3.5 million in June for Romney.
Filing a dispatch from Romney’s plane, New York Times’s Michael Barbaro described the mood among those involved in the campaign as “palpably gloomy and openly frustrated.”
Grim-faced aides acknowledged