Obama: Democracy at stake in November

LOS ANGELES (AP) — President Barack Obama says a functioning American democracy is what's at stake in November's elections.

He says it's important to elect leaders who believe compromise isn't a dirty word, who listen to those who disagree and respect other people's views.

Obama mentioned Republican presidential candidates Donald Trump and Ted Cruz several times at a House Democratic fundraiser late Thursday at the Los Angeles home of Walt Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn and his wife, Cindy, an environmental advocate.

Actors Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Julia Roberts and Gwyneth Paltrow were among the approximately 100 people there, along with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, a California Democrat. Tickets cost $33,400 per couple.

Obama was attending three fundraisers in California on Friday.

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