WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Barack Obama believes that his odds of being reelected in 2012 are "much higher" than his odds were in the 2008 election.
The president spoke at a small campaign fundraiser in Washington, D.C. on Thursday night, where he sought to reassure donors and play down concerns of his weakness in the 2012 presidential race.
"Now, I know that, over the last couple of months, there have been Democrats who voiced concerns and nervousness about, well, in this kind of economy, isn't this just - aren't these just huge headwinds in terms of your reelection? Here's one thing I know for certain:
The odds of me being reelected are much higher than the odds of me being elected in the first place," the president said.
Obama said that the Republican Party offered a "fundamentally different version of where America should be," and that he was "very confident" that the country would side with him in 2012.
The fundraiser was held in the Georgetown residence of Elizabeth Frawley Bagley, the former U.S. Ambassador to Portugal.
Tickets were $35,800 per couple, of which $5,000 would go to Obama's reelection campaign and the rest to the Democratic National Committee.