Vandalia, Ohio (CNN) - With a new Washington Post poll showing Mitt Romney trailing President Obama in Ohio by eight points, the GOP contender's political director told reporters on the campaign's plane bound for the battleground state that he's confident it's still well within reach.
"The public polls are what they are. I feel confident where we are," Romney political director Rich Beeson said in a briefing with reporters.
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By contrast, Beeson said Obama campaign manager Jim Messina has appeared over-confident in recent days about the president's chances in the swing state.
"They're sort of spiking the ball at the 30 yard line right now," Beeson said. "At the end of the day Ohio is going to come down to the wire,' he added.
Romney holds a rally in Vandalia, Ohio with running mate Paul Ryan at 3 pm E.T.
Both Beeson and Romney's digital director Zac Moffatt insisted the campaign's ground game and on-line operations will make the race much tighter.
In an effort to explain the sagging poll numbers, Beeson also echoed a concern voiced by Romney himself on Sunday, when the Republican candidate said extensive fund-raising has interfered with the campaign's ability to schedule more rallies.
Both Romney and Beeson blamed that on President Obama who decided to forgo public financing of his campaign in order to exceed federal spending limits.