Report: Obama To Attend Dem Fundraiser In Texas Same Day As Fort Hood Memorial
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WASHINGTON (CBS Houston/AP) — A White House aide says President Barack Obama plans to attend a memorial service Wednesday at Fort Hood — the site of last week’s shooting rampage.
The memorial is also the same day Obama will reportedly attend a Democratic fundraiser in Houston for House and Senate candidates.
The Associated Press obtained an invitation to the April 9 event where tickets start at $16,200 a person and go up to $64,800 for a couple. Democratic leaders Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi are also expected to attend.
The AP reports that the money raised at the fundraiser will go to Democratic campaign committees in the House and Senate.
A Fort Hood spokesman confirms there will be a remembrance ceremony that day, and presidential adviser Dan Pfeiffer tells CBS’ “Face the Nation” that Obama will be there.
Investigators say that an Army truck driver, Ivan Lopez, had an argument before opening fire at the Texas post last Wednesday, killing three soldiers and wounding 16 others before taking his own life.
Fort Hood’s commander hasn’t discussed the cause of the argument.
The attack was the second at the base since 2009, when 13 people were killed in a shooting by an Army psychiatrist.
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