NEWPORT R.I. Fri Aug 29, 2014 8:52pm EDT

(Reuters) – Obama, raising money for Democratic candidates as Republicans aim to take over the Senate in the fall, on Friday blamed some Republicans for a calculated effort to undermine faith in government by opposing policy compromises.

“There has been a certain cynical genius to what some of these folks have done,” Obama said at the second of three fundraisers he attended.

“What they’ve realized is, if we don’t get anything done, then people are going to get cynical about government and its possibilities of doing good for everybody,” he said in Purchase, New York. “And since they don’t believe in government, that’s a pretty good thing.”

Many polls show Republicans regaining control of the Senate in November’s elections. That would give them control of both houses of Congress, making it harder for the president to move forward on his agenda in the remaining two years of his presidency.

Republican opposition has blocked the president from achieving immigration reform and an increase in the minimum wage, among other policy initiatives he has pursued.

The President dropped in at three fundraising events on Friday – starting his day in New Rochelle, New York, and ending it at a seaside mansion in Newport, Rhode Island.

In Purchase, Obama spoke to approximately 250 supporters at the home of Robert and Carol Wolf. Tickets started at $15,000 per couple, a DNC spokesman said.

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