Obama team continues confidence tour with video
October 31st, 2012
07:53 AM ET
1 year ago

Obama team continues confidence tour with video

(CNN) – President Barack Obama's campaign manager continued his confidence push in a web video released Wednesday, telling supporters the incumbent Democrat was ahead of his rival in key battlegrounds, and would win the election if "we do what we need to do" on Election Day.

Jim Messina, speaking to the camera, ticks through similar reasoning he used on a conference call Monday, saying leads in early voting and increased voter registration have put Obama in a better position to win on Tuesday.

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"You have put President Obama in the dominant position in this race," Messina says in the video.

Ticking through individual battlegrounds, Obama's campaign chief cites polls and early voting numbers as indications of his team's advantage. Democrats generally outpace Republicans in early voting, however, and while results show Obama with the advantage in some states, Republicans are ahead in others.

On Tuesday, official early voting figures showed more Democrats have cast their ballots already in Nevada, while more Republicans have done the same in Colorado.

In the key battleground of Ohio, Messina says in the video that early vote turnout in precincts that went for Obama in 2008 is higher than in precincts that went for Sen. John McCain. Republicans, however, say they're outpacing their 2008 early vote effort in Ohio, and predict their performance on Election Day itself will outweigh any Democratic lead in early ballots.

Messina goes through a list of the other key battlegrounds, citing similar early voting and ground game advantages in Iowa, Nevada, Florida, Colorado, Virginia, Wisconsin, North Carolina and New Hampshire.

He doesn't mention states where polls have suggested a tightening between Obama and Romney, including Minnesota and Pennsylvania – two states that seemed a sure thing for Democrats earlier this fall. The Obama campaign recently began airing ads in both states to counter commercials from Romney and his allies.

"Folks, we're ahead of where we were against John McCain in 2008, and most importantly we're ahead of Mitt Romney," Messina concludes, asking supporters to continue their efforts in getting supporters out to vote.

Romney's political director Rich Beeson labeled Messina's assertions "desperate and flailing spin" in a statement, writing the race actually "breaking to the advantage of Governor Romney."

"President Obama is playing defense in states that were once considered safely in his column. If the other side was on the move, they would be expanding into states that John McCain won in 2008; instead, they're fighting to maintain turf in traditionally Democratic states."

-CNN's Kevin Liptak contributed to this report.


Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • President Obama
soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. Rick McDaniel

    Obama has to go. He has lied incessantly, he has done nothing he needed to do, and too much he shouldn't have done.

    He is the worst U.S. President in my lifetime, and likely the worst in history.

    October 31, 2012 08:07 am at 8:07 am |
  2. Dar

    Jim Messina, speaking to the camera, ticks through similar reasoning he used on a conference call Monday, saying leads in early voting and increased voter registration have put Obama in a better position to win on Tuesday.

    In other words " We have been able to fix the election, so dont worry"

    October 31, 2012 08:10 am at 8:10 am |
  3. Kathy Mills

    Come on everybody OBAMA 2012. Mitt Romney's constant lies should be enough to ope your eyes! Look at the auto industry CEOs debunking Mitt Romney's lies. Romney will lie and cheat his way to the presidency. Stop him. Vote OBAMA 2012. Thank you.

    October 31, 2012 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  4. John, PA

    BS! more lies from the Obama campaign manager, Obama and all Democrats are behind key battlegrounds states, all states except for maybe Washington and Oregon.

    October 31, 2012 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  5. jpmichigan

    If only the political parties would stop harassing early voters. The robo calls are discussing. Many Democrats have voted for Romney, this is fact and it will show eventually in the numbers.

    October 31, 2012 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  6. Pete

    Messinas talking facts something republicans extremist just can't handle.Now Romney gets himself in a corner having pissed off GM and Chrysler with lying about their supposid moving to China which again comes back to haunt him and now these corporate CEOs launching ads to the contrary saying in one Romney has no idea how any auto corporation works..He's the one that's desperate even though his ignorent republican minions on these sites post differently because its their last grasp at keeping their Mormon loser in the race.But as you all know its republican losers voting for losers,its historicly pathedic isn't it!!

    October 31, 2012 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  7. Perron

    Hahahahahamhhhhhhhahahahaha that's just what I want to say

    October 31, 2012 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  8. Data Driven

    This is excellent news!! For Romney!!!

    October 31, 2012 09:34 am at 9:34 am |