(CNN) – The staggering $7.8 million Barack Obama pulled in Sunday night in San Francisco was the latest sign he’s winning the presidential money chase — and the presumptive Democratic nominee made it clear he’s expecting to win another race as well.
“I will win. Don’t worry about that,” Obama said to a gathering of approximately 1,300 donors, according to a pool report of the event.
A confident Obama addressed three separate groups, but was particularly forceful during the final part of the evening, saying it would be nice if after the last eight years of economic disaster and “bungled” foreign policy that voters would say, “Toss the bums out, we’re starting from scratch, we’re starting over. This is not working.”
“So I understand why a lot of folks are saying, this should just happen. Why are we having to run all these television commercials? Why do we have to raise all this money?” Obama asked the crowd. “Just read the papers. These are the knuckleheads who have been in charge. Throw ‘em out. But American politics aren’t that simple.”
Obama warned, “they’ve got a whole machinery that they’re cranking out,” but said he won’t take attacks lying down.
“John McCain, all he wants to do is talk about me. They know they can’t win on the issues. So what they’ll do is they’ll try to scare people. He’s risky. He’s risky. We’re not sure,” said the Illinois senator.
Obama went on to call the tactics “an old playbook” and said it’s not going to work this time.
“Not only do you have a candidate who doesn’t take any guff. Not only do you have a candidate who will hit back swiftly and forcefully and truthfully,” Obama closed. “But you’ve also got American people who are rising up all over the country and saying, enough is enough.”