Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney hosts fundraiser in San Diego

Fundraiser held at Grand Del Mar hotel

SAN DIEGO - Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney made a stop in San Diego on Saturday for an arrival event at San Diego's Lindbergh Field and then departed to a Del Mar-adjacent hotel for a fundraiser.

Supporters of President Barack Obama also gathered near Del Mar to provide talking points, visuals and a little campaigning for news reporters, and to discuss election issues.

Romney's plane touched down shortly after noon. He was scheduled to host a fundraiser at the Grand Del Mar hotel at 2 p.m., according to politico.com.

Before Romney arrived at the fundraiser, his motorcade drove past about 15 protesters gathered at the corner of state Route 56 and Carmel Country Road. They held various signs that made it clear who their choice for president was. As Romney's motorcade passed by, they shouted out their disapproval.

U-T San Diego reporter Chris Cadelago was the local pool reporter who covered the fundraiser.

"He took a pretty big shot at California," said Cadelago. "He said that under President Obama, we're becoming a lot more European and that the state of California was something he didn't want to see the rest of the U.S. look like in a few years."

San Diego Democratic Party Chairman Jess Durfee said it is a good idea to remember what Romney said on the now famous, secretly-recorded video tape from a fundraiser in Boca Raton, Fla. In it, Romney refers to 47 percent of Americans feeling they are victims. 

"I think that is honestly how he feels and how he perceives at least 47 percent of the country as being victims, as not fulfilling their responsibility as citizens and not positively contributing to society," Durfee said.

Cadelago said the tone of Romney's remarks on Saturday was quite different. 

"Although he didn't mention the tape, he was clearly trying to let people know that those concerns were invalid and that he does in fact care about all Americans," he said.

Testifying to the hectic pace of the campaign, Romney said he did not even have time to stop by his home in La Jolla. Instead, he left directly for another fundraiser on Saturday evening in Los Angeles.

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