Obama starts Texas visit with Alamo City fundraiser
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The streets around the site of President Obama's San Antonio speech were filled will supporters and those opposed to the president's policies.
Verna Blackwell-Hilario is a long-time San Antonio Democrat. She says having the President in town means a lot.
"It's not very often that we get a presidential candidate because Texas is no battleground, hopefully someday it will be," she said.
Among those in attendance at the president's campaign fundraiser was Congressman Lloyd Doggett, who is running in a district that includes San Antonio.
"I respect the President. We agree on some of the key issues like providing accessible, affordable health insurance to people and strengthening Medicare,” he said. “There have been issues we've disagreed on. I act as an independent in Washington."
Doggett says the president knows that while Texas is a 'red state,’ he has many supporters here.
"There are many strong democrats however the state goes in the fall that can offer their time and their resources to see that he gets reelected," Doggett said.
That message was echoed by the president.
"You know you're not considered one of the battleground states, although that's going to be changing soon,” President Obama said.
Supporters say they hope the president's visit will jump start that change.
"This is exactly what we needed in Bexar County, in San Antonio and Texas,” Blackwell-Hilario said. “We needed the President to come here and rally the votes and pick us up and say, 'We got to go out and work, and we’ve got to get the vote out."
The president left San Antonio early Tuesday afternoon to make two fundraising appearances in Austin.