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Romney Reportedly Knocks California While Attending Del Mar Fundraiser

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BEVERLY HILLS (CBS) — Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney came to the Golden State for a two-day series of high-profile fundraisers and reportedly took a shot at California in front of a $25,000 a ticket crowd in Del Mar.

Romney “took a pretty big shot at California,” according to a pool reporter.

“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,” a pool reporter related.

Romney’s Saturday fundraiser in Beverly Hills netted the campaign $6 million, and featured entertainment by onetime “Saturday Night Live” comedian Dennis Miller, the Los Angeles Times reported. Reporters were not allowed to hear Miller’s routine, but Romney thanked him for his biting jokes about the current president.

At that event, a major fundraiser for the Romney campaign reassured donors that he knew they felt “a bit worried, frustrated, even angry as you watch President Obama, the mainstream media and the pundits attack Mitt with distortions and inaccuracies,” Tom Tellefson, chairman of Romney’s California Finance Committee, was quoted by The Times.

“Polls are not elections. The voters have not yet spoken,” reassured Tellefsen to the crowd of major financial contributors, as quoted by The Times.

Outside the hotel, a group of Obama supporters called a news conference to discuss Mitt Romney’s tax returns, corporate record, gaffes and other issues.

Romney is to appear in Colorado today, before joining running mate Paul Ryan for a bus tour across the critical swing state of Ohio.

(©2012 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Wire services contributed to this report.)

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