Obama team: 'We feel good' about Wisconsin
August 17th, 2012
11:15 AM ET
2 years ago

Obama team: 'We feel good' about Wisconsin

(CNN) - A day after a CNN/ORC Poll showed President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney in a statistical tie in Wisconsin, a spokeswoman for the incumbent Democrat's campaign said they felt good about their chances of winning there.

"We know this race is going to be decided in a handful of states. We feel good about our campaign in Wisconsin," Obama campaign traveling press secretary Jen Psaki said on CNN. "We've had a grass roots organization there since the president ran the last time. We have a great group of supporters there. We're going to be spending some time there I bet."

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On Thursday CNN changed Wisconsin – which carries 10 electoral votes – from a "lean Obama" rating to a "toss up" on the CNN Electoral Map. The move came after Mitt Romney, Obama's Republican challenger, named Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin as his running mate. While Ryan's announcement did not dramatically alter the presidential poll numbers in Wisconsin, it did change the way both campaigns viewed the state of the race in the state.

The poll, which was conducted entirely Ryan joined the GOP ticket, indicated 49% of registered voters in Wisconsin say they back Obama, with 45% supporting Romney. The president's four point advantage over Romney is within the survey's sampling error.

Two other polls conducted last week, before the Ryan announcement, indicated the president holding a single digit advantage in a state he won by 14 points in the 2008 presidential election.

Psaki said voters in Wisconsin – and around the country - were still waiting to hear a plan with substance from Romney.

"We know also that the people in Wisconsin are concerned about the same issues that people across the country are," Psaki said. "I still can't name three things they're going to do. Why are they opposed to providing access to affordable health care to the American people? Why is their tax plan extending benefits to the highest income and letting it bear the burden on the middle class? These are questions people in Wisconsin have as well."

A Republican has not won a presidential election in Wisconsin since 1984.

CNN's Kevin Liptak and Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.

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Filed under: 2012 • President Obama • Wisconsin
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  1. Four and The Door

    "We know this race is going to be decided in a handful of states. We feel good about our campaign in Wisconsin," Obama campaign traveling press secretary Jen Psaki said on CNN.
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    The San Diego Union Tribune predicted a huge victory margin nationwide for Mitt Romney, comparing it to Ronald Reagan's defeat of Jimmy Carter in 1980. There are great similarities. So Jen Psaki is only kidding herself thinking it will actually be decided in a "handful of states". Mitt Romney will go to the White House with a mandate from an overwhelming number of Americans. 12 million jobs. Get going on that!

    August 17, 2012 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  2. Lynda/Minnesota

    Wisconsin will go to Obama. So will Minnesota.

    August 17, 2012 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  3. Woman In California

    Well, I certainly hope so. The debates will be the real game changer as Willard won't be able to just stand there and look stupid, he'll have to provide detail answers.

    Let's demand that the moderators ask him about his tax returns by emailing them everyday. I already have. RELEASE THE TAX RETURNS WILLARD.

    August 17, 2012 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  4. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    It is possible that Obama could win the state despite Ryan's presence on the ticket. This just might make the state a bit closer than it would have been before.

    August 17, 2012 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  5. Rudy NYC

    I feel good about Romney's October surprise, too. He's schedule himself to release his full 2011 tax returns a mere 2-3 weeks before Election Day. Personally, I think he's gonna try to weasel out of releasing anything more than the estimate that we've already been given.

    Ann Romney has made it clear that they "are not releasing any more returns." I believe she means it, and that it applies to he estimated return that Mitt Romney has released. I can't wait for the big one. Releasing tax returns just before election day would be most unwise, but Romney dug his own grave on this one. He promised the people. He's gonna renege, and it's gonna be the biggest and most high profile flip-flop of his career. The polical career endiing Mitt-Flop is gonna be spectacular! SPLASH!!!

    August 17, 2012 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  6. tee27

    The Obama team knows Mitt can not release 5 years of taxes other wise they would not put that story out there. They know Mitt and Ann have not paid any taxes, She gave herself away in that interview when she said we are not gonna release anymore taxes, hmm ! how can you refuse to release anymore taxes when you have not release ANY ! As Of TODAY.

    August 17, 2012 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  7. sayer

    Romney will never reach 270.

    August 17, 2012 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  8. CanadaONE

    Washington State Libertarian Party Sues To Remove Mitt Romney From Ballot

    August 17, 2012 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  9. Sniffit

    "The San Diego Union Tribune predicted a huge victory margin nationwide for Mitt Romney, comparing it to Ronald Reagan's defeat of Jimmy Carter in 1980."

    Hahahaha...San Diego is CA's conservative-ville and the Union Tribune is as bad as Faux Noise. Here, lemme help you:

    Rasmussen Tracking 8/14 – 8/16 46 45 Obama +1
    Gallup Tracking 8/9 – 8/15 45 47 Romney +2
    CNN/Opinion Research 8/7 – 8/8 52 45 Obama +7
    Politico/GWU/Battleground 8/5 – 8/9 48 47 Obama +1
    IBD/CSM/TIPP 8/3 – 8/10 46 39 Obama +7
    FOX News 8/5 – 8/7 49 40 Obama +9
    Average 8/3 – 8/16 47.7 43.8 Obama +3.9

    And that's without considering that almost every single electoral college scoreboard estimate out there has Obama at over 300+ electoral votes at the moment. Nate Silver, who goes strictly by the statistics and nailed the electoral college distribution last time, has the highest statistically likely spread with Obama at 330+ and a current chance of winning near 80%. The Union Tribune is daydreaming.

    August 17, 2012 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  10. R.Lynn

    How about this? Let's have the dollar amount that Obama donated to charity and paid in taxes, as well as, the dollar amount Romney donated to charity and paid in taxes....for the past 5 years.

    August 17, 2012 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  11. rrd

    Sniffit, If you noticed, only two of the polls listed were taking after the Ryan announcement. You mean the Nate Silver the writes for the NYT? right.

    August 17, 2012 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  12. myviewis

    R.Lynn

    How about this? Let's have the dollar amount that Obama donated to charity and paid in taxes, as well as, the dollar amount Romney donated to charity and paid in taxes....for the past 5 years.
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    I have a better one, how about we tell President Obama to put back the $716 billion dollars he took from Medicare to pay for Obamacare and find money somewhere else to pay for Obamacare and leave our Medicare money alone or we can loan it to Obamacare and Obamacare can pay each one of us an interest.

    August 17, 2012 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  13. larry

    The only reason Obama is pushing Romney releasing the tax returns is to divert attention away from his pitiful performance at being president and a lot of people seem to be falling for it.

    August 17, 2012 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  14. Rudy NYC

    R.Lynn

    How about this? Let's have the dollar amount that Obama donated to charity and paid in taxes, as well as, the dollar amount Romney donated to charity and paid in taxes....for the past 5 years.
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    Did you that we already have Pres. Obama's numbers? We've had 'em for years.

    August 17, 2012 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  15. Sniffit

    "Sniffit, If you noticed, only two of the polls listed were taking after the Ryan announcement. You mean the Nate Silver the writes for the NYT? right."

    Well, if you want to go there, Nate Silver has a nice article out today that explains why Ryan is underperforming in terms of creating the "bounce" that candidates historically see in the statistics after they announce their running mates. I should also point out that the "bounce" is always temporary, even when it happens.

    As for the NYT comment...do you mean the same NYT that sold us the Bush/Cheney lie about Iraq having WMDs? Silver si going by the math and statistics, nothing more, nothing less, and he predicts the races quite accurately by the numbers. If Obama was taknig a beating right now based ont he numbers, he'd be reporting that too....as he does and did in the Congressional races in 2010 and now in terms of the Dems in those races that lost or are currently losing.

    August 17, 2012 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  16. RealityBites

    ie.., Obama feels good about not being able to get the same level of support in 2010 that he did in 2008.

    August 17, 2012 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  17. Sniffit

    "Did you that we already have Pres. Obama's numbers? We've had 'em for years."

    Indeed. And it's worth noting that the raw numbers tell you nothing really. If I remember correctly, I believe when you look at the charitable donations, Obama has donated a higher percent of net income than Mittens did.

    August 17, 2012 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  18. RealityBites

    And Obama feels good about not getting the same level of support in 2012 as he did in 2010.

    August 17, 2012 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  19. Sniffit

    "I feel good about Romney's October surprise"

    Should be fun. I'm guessing he magically paid 20%+ in atxes in 2011, thus proving his father's opint when he released 12 years of tax returns and said that you can't just rely on one or two that might have been rigged to look good for the election.

    August 17, 2012 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  20. Hammerer

    Still all that the left wants to talk about is tax records. Anything but Obama's record. Is there not one positive comment to be made about Obama's time in the White House?

    August 17, 2012 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  21. SOLYNDRA - FAST AND FURIOUS - MF GLOBAL

    "The San Diego Union Tribune predicted a huge victory margin nationwide for Mitt Romney, comparing it to Ronald Reagan's defeat of Jimmy Carter in 1980."

    I voted for Jimmy Carter in 1976 and 1980. I too, thought Carter would beat Reagan handily.....Reagan made a grease stain out of Jimmy Carter.

    I was wrong when I voted for Carter. The change in this mood of this country after Reagan was elected was amazing.
    America in 1980 was floundering, much like it is today. The similarities between Carter and Obama are very real. I believe Carter and Obama are genuinely doing what they think is best for the country, unfortunately, neither one of them should have ever been elected president.. We cannot survive another four more years of the same stuff we have been through in the last four years.

    August 17, 2012 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  22. SEAL Team Alpha and Omega

    A federal election does not belong under the control of U.S. states. The presidential election is a federal election and no state deserves the responsibility of 10th Amendment rights to control who vote and when they vote in a federal election. This election needs to be federalized across the nation and making it easier for Americans to vote – not harder.

    The only way the GOP can hope to win this election is my massive nationwide voter suppression, which, they are successfully doing.

    What do you say America? Time to take back our country from the Oligarchical Lords of Treasure and Suppression, don't you think?

    August 17, 2012 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  23. Thomas

    "I have a better one, how about we tell President Obama to put back the $716 billion dollars he took from Medicare to pay for Obamacare and find money somewhere else to pay for Obamacare and leave our Medicare money alone or we can loan it to Obamacare and Obamacare can pay each one of us an interest."

    You people live in a fantasy world where numbers, math and facts are really just a fictitious make believe stories of the liberal media. Go to politifact dot com, the source even Romney uses.

    "While the health care law reduces the amount of future spending growth in Medicare, the law doesn't actually cut Medicare." It's savings.

    August 17, 2012 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  24. SEAL Team Alpha and Omega

    A federal election does not belong under the control of U.S. states. The presidential election is a federal election and no state deserves the responsibility of 10th Amendment rights to control who votes and when they vote in a federal election. This election needs to be federalized across the nation and making it easier for Americans to vote – not harder.

    The only way the GOP can hope to win this election is by massive nationwide voter suppression, which, they are successfully doing.

    What do you say America? Time to take back our country from the Oligarchical Lords of Treasure, Oppression and Suppression, don't you think?

    August 17, 2012 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  25. Sniffit

    ""Sniffit, If you noticed, only two of the polls listed were taking after the Ryan announcement. You mean the Nate Silver the writes for the NYT? right.""

    And to be fair, Rasmussen is generally considered quite right leaning and he has Obama ahead...and we all know about Faux Noise. Personally, I think Faux is purposefully skewing a bit overboard towards Obama with the +9, but that's maybe to be expencted, because their entire viewership/marketing model is to continuously bombarb their conservative audience with news that they consider alarming and riles/enthuses them.

    August 17, 2012 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
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