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WASHINGTON--As the deficit reduction talks stall here between President Obama and congressional leaders, a group of progressive Democrats plan to visit President Obama's Chicago re-election headquarters on Friday to deliver "200,000 signed pledges refusing to donate to or volunteer on President Obama's reelection campaign if he cuts Medicare, Medicaid, or Social Security."

Pressure from the left is not new--particularly from the group organizing the petition drive, the Progressive Change Campaign Committee. The group is stepping up its game as the default deadline looms and some Democrats want to protect Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security from cuts.

They are going to drop by the Prudential Building headquarters at 11 a.m. cst Friday. The Prudential Building is somewhat of a fortress to penetrate--and one needs to get cleared in to get to the actual campaign offices.

below, release from PCCC......

On Friday, members of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC, will deliver to the President's National Campaign Headquarters over 200,000 signed pledges refusing to donate to or volunteer on President Obama's reelection campaign if he cuts Medicare, Medicaid, or Social Security.

The signed pledges state:

"President Obama: If you cut Social Security, Medicare, or Medicaid benefits for me, my family, or families like mine, don't ask for a penny of my money or an hour of my time in 2012. I'm going to focus on electing bold progressive candidates who will fight to protect our Democratic legacy."

The PCCC - a grassroots organization with nearly 36,000 members in Illinois and over 750,000 members nationwide - collected the petition signatures online at

The over 200,000 signed pledges includes grassroots donors who made over $17 million in donations and volunteered over 2.6 million volunteer hours to the President's 2008 campaign.

The signatures also represent more than one-third the number of contributors to the President's campaign in the most recently reported fundraising quarter.

Full event details:

What: Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC) members deliver over 200,000 pledges refusing to donate to or volunteer on the President's reelection campaign if he supports cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, or Social Security.

Where: Obama for America National Campaign Headquarters
One Prudential Plaza
130 E. Randolph
Chicago, IL, 60601

When: TOMORROW, Friday, July 15, 2011
11:00 AM CDT

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