Protesters Greet Obama Outside Indy Fundraisers
About 100 Protesters Line Downtown Streets
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President Barack Obama wrapped up a daylong visit to Indiana with two fundraisers in Indianapolis at which protesters were prevalent.Obama attended fundraisers at the downtown Westin Hotel in Indianapolis early Sunday night, one for the Democratic National Committee and the other to benefit four of Indiana's five Democratic congressmen.During a $15,000 per couple event, Obama spoke about making sure Indiana Democrats go back to D.C. following the upcoming election."I need partners in Congress, people who are going to work hard every day to move this country forward," Obama said. "That's why I'm supporting these gentlemen. That's why I believe in Andre Carson, Joe Donnelley and Brad Ellsworth and Baron Hill."His Indianapolis trip came after hundreds of anti-abortion activists and students protested his appearance at the University of Notre Dame's commencement.There were about 100 protesters at his Indianapolis event, but most of them objected to his stances on taxes and borrowing."Obama is trying to tax us into oblivion, and this is supposed to be a free country," said Steve Davis."Quit spending the money and give me back my constitution," said Robert Storm. "Those are my two biggest beefs. Government is way too big."Obama told those inside the hotel that he was glad to be back in Indiana. Rocker John Mellencamp warmed up the crowd and later signed autographs."It was a really nice event. He had a wonderful reception," said Mellencamp's wife, Elaine Irwin Mellencamp. "Couldn't ask for more than that."Attendees said they're certain that there is no quick fix for the economy, but they like Obama's work so far."I don't mind paying my fair share of taxes. I don't mind universal health care," said Bill Mays. "Those of us who are successful should step up and bear a little more of the weight."About 800 people attended the Indiana fundraiser. About 40 people paid $15,000 for the DNC fundraiser.Obama was the first Democratic presidential nominee to carry the state since Lyndon Johnson in 1964.