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Obama Suggests He Struggled In First State Senate Election To Raise Cash, But Didn't

"When I was running for State Senate, I could not afford television commercials," Obama recalled in Pittsburgh today. "And Michelle and I we used to go door to door and pass out fliers that had printed out at Kinko's, and march in 4th of July parades. It is was hard work." But according to an article that ran in the Hyde Park Herald Obama, raised a significant amount of his money for his primary, $60,000. He ran unopposed after petitioning to get his four primary opponents kicked off the ballot.

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"I have got to tell you, despite the cynicism, despite the cynicism and the negativism, What I think about are is my first race. When I was running for state senate, I could not afford television commercials. And michelle and I we used to go door to door and pass out fliers that had printed out at Kinko's, and march in 4th of July parades. It is was hard work."

Andrew Kaczynski is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

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