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Pablo Martinez Monsivais, Associated Press
President Barack Obama walks with, From left, Burlington, Va. Mayor-elect, Miro Weinberger, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Vermont Gov. Gov. Peter Shumlin upon his arrival at Burlington Air National Guard Base, Friday, March, 30, 2012, in Burlington, Vt. Obama is traveling to both Vermont and Maine for campaign fundraising.

BURLINGTON, Vt. — President Barack Obama is raising campaign cash in reliably Democratic Vermont, calling this year's presidential race a "clarifying election" that will determine what the country stands for.

Obama spoke at a $7,500-per-person luncheon fundraiser Friday. He said that while the general election would be a "healthy debate" for the country, he believes Republicans are peddling a "fundamentally different vision of America."

The president also was holding a large fundraising rally at the University of Vermont and traveling later in the day to Portland, Maine, for a fundraising reception and a dinner.

Obama's four events are his last fundraisers before Saturday's monthly and quarterly campaign fundraising deadline. The president raised $45 million last month for his re-election.