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President Obama headlines fundraisers in So. Fla.

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PINECREST, Fla. (WSVN) -- President Barack Obama was the star attraction at two fundraisers in South Florida for the Democratic National Committee and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, Thursday.

Prior to arriving in Miami, Obama visited Orlando to address financial concerns for women voters and to raise money for Democrats. "A woman deserves equal pay for equal work. It's pretty straight forward," Obama said.

Obama was greeted at the Miami International Airport by Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez and Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado, at around 5:30 p.m.

One event Obama attended took place at the home of Lili Estefan and Lorenzo Luaces. Estefan, a Cuban-born model, hosts a show on Univision and is also the niece of Gloria Estefan. The fundraiser is a closed event of up to 25 people, with each person contributing up to $32,000 per plate.

The second event was held at the home of former Miami Heat star Alonzo Mourning. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz and other lawmakers are expected to join Obama at the event.

Roughly 75 people were expected to attend with tickets beginning at approximately $16,000 per person, and all proceeds will go to the DCCC.

The fundraiser is among the first that Obama will hold ahead of the 2014 midterm elections. Obama will also raise money for Senate Democrats and the Democratic National Committee.

Obama is also facing criticism from South Florida Republicans over proposed cuts to the Medicare Advantage Plan. "Why take money from this popular program? Why hurt these senior citizens? It makes no sense," U.S Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen said.

"The president is here. We hope that he listens to the senior citizens of Florida," U.S Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart said.

Mourning has been featured in a public service announcement to help promote new health care exchanges under Obama's health care law. Both he and Obama have been spotted golfing together as well.

The DCCC earned $6.4 million in the month of February for the midterm elections.

The fundraisers Thursday night are expected to bring in an estimated $2 million. "The president is focusing on the number one issue, which is creating jobs and getting the economy turned around," U.S Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz said.

Obama did not speak with the media after the fundraisers, but during the event at Mourning's house he said, "I was a big fan of Alonzo's before even meeting him. Despite being a Bulls fan, [he] was always a team player. Having gotten to know the family, I've grown to love him even more. Not only is the Heat lucky, all of South Miami is lucky."

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