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Obama, Romney will appear at area fundraisers next week

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Published:   |   Updated: March 18, 2013 at 12:17 PM
TAMPA -

Both President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney will make appearances at private fundraisers in the Tampa area Sept. 20, raising the possibility that both also will have public campaign appearances at the same time.

Obama will attend what his campaign described as a "small, intimate event" with a maximum of 50 people at the home of Lisa DeBartolo, daughter of Eddie DeBartolo Jr., and her husband, singer-songwriter Don Miggs.

The campaign said Eddie Vedder, lead singer and guitarist for the band Pearl Jam, will attend and perform. Tyler Florence, a Food Network chef who hosts "The Great Food Truck Race," will cook for the event.

An invitation from Justin Day, regional finance chairman for the Obama campaign, said the fundraiser will be the campaign's last in this area before the election, although other public events are likely.

Romney, meanwhile, will hold a fundraiser at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, said Sarasota County Republican Party Chairman Joe Gruters.

Gruters said those interested in attending the $2,500-per-person event can email him at JoeGruters@gmail.com, or call (941) 914-2004.

Neither of the campaigns has announced any event open to the public on that day, but it's typical for a campaign to hold such an event if the candidate is in the area for a fundraiser.

"We have no confirmation" on a public event, "but obviously we're trying to do everything we can to have one," Gruters said.

The Romney campaign also has confirmed that Ann Romney, the candidate's wife, will make an appearance at a public campaign event in the Tampa area Wednesday but has released no details.


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