Obama campaign: We're well positioned for final push
August 23rd, 2012
02:50 PM ET
11 years ago

Obama campaign: We're well positioned for final push

Washington (CNN) – With 75 days left until Election Day, Team Obama's top ranks said Thursday they're encouraged by the campaign's standing among key voting constituencies, including women, African Americans, Latinos and younger members of the electorate.

At a briefing for reporters, senior campaign officials pointed to a consistent lead in national polling as well as a sufficiently favorable view of the president among undecided voters to argue the real story of the general race is one of consistency, not volatility.

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"We've heard a lot from the Romney campaign about the sort of 'Field of Dreams' scenario that you know this is 1980 and undecided voters are going to flock to him after his Reagan-esque performances at the debates," one official said. "One of the problems with that scenario is undecided voters have an increasingly negative view of Governor Romney. He goes into – as has been noted by many of you – into his convention as the least popular nominee in modern history."

Additionally, the official argued, "The electorate isn't structured for the sort of wave scenario," that reports have indicated the Romney campaign may be counting on.

Ticking off positive polls of various voting blocs that make up the Obama campaign's base of support, the campaign officials tried to paint a rosy picture of their standing at this point in the race. In reference to Latino voters, a large voting bloc that turned out for then-candidate Barack Obama overwhelmingly in 2008, one official said they "believe" they will mobilize Latino voters effectively to turn out to the polls in November, specifically in states like Nevada and Colorado that have larger Hispanic populations now than they did four years ago.

"Support among Latino voters has grown and to historically strong levels. The question has come up in the past, do we think we can approach the numbers that we did in 2008? And the answer to that is yes," the official said, adding that their efforts are aided by a candidate in Mitt Romney they said has failed to move the dial through a range of campaign strategies.

After being consistently outraised since Romney secured the GOP nomination, one Obama campaign official pointed to stable poll numbers to show that their opponents' fundraising advantage hasn't changed his position in the polls. If the past is any indication, the Obama campaign is likely to be significantly outspent on the airwaves throughout the general election, but the officials downplayed the impact of television ads in the fall, saying that media coverage and campaign organization was much more impactful.

"I think it's clear the other side's going to have more resources on television," an official said. "I think what's also clear we are going to spend equal to or more than we spent last time and be able to get our message out in ways that will make us comfortable in our ability to communicate the message."

Pointing to an organizational presence in key battleground states that in many cases dates back to before 2008, the officials said this gives the Obama campaign an advantage in the all-important persuasion and turnout facets of a national campaign. Turnout includes encouraging people to vote early or by mail, and the officials cited 2008 numbers to show that a majority of votes were cast this way in Florida, North Carolina, Nevada and Colorado – states both sides are hoping to win in November.

Criticism of Rep. Paul Ryan, the Republican vice presidential pick was also on full display as the Obama campaign official tied him to embattled Republican Senate candidate Rep. Todd Akin, casting Ryan as Akin's "ideological twin."

"They can run away from Akin but it's very hard to run away from that position," the official said referencing "women's issues." "They are the most radical ticket on these issues, not just women's health, but also on pay equity, things that are fundamental to women in this country."

Ryan has helped the Romney campaign in Wisconsin, the officials acknowledged, while also reminding reporters "Democrats have carried Wisconsin five consecutive presidential elections."

"Let's get a couple of weeks down past the Ryan pick, past the conventions before we see where Wisconsin is in this whole thing," one official said. "I continue to believe that Governor Romney's record on the auto rescue, on outsourcing, on manufacturing is going to be problematic for him across the Midwest and you'll see that in Wisconsin as well."

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soundoff (31 Responses)
  1. Reggiedw

    Well, what else you expect the democrats to say. They know they are having a fight of their life and they are running scared.

    August 23, 2012 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  2. Ex Republican

    We got your back president Obama dont worry about these crook Romney/Ryan the biggest liar in the country.

    August 23, 2012 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    "Obama's final push will send the Twit back to MA"

    We don't want him. Besides, there's no real basis for saying "back" to MA. He doesn't really live here. He maintains an address at the basement apartment owned by one of his sons or something like that, just for the purpose of claiming he lives in MA and so he can vote here. His real homes are the giant NH lakefront villa and the ridiculous mansion in CA that will have the car elevator.

    August 23, 2012 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  4. Ron

    Mr Arrogant just keeps up his delusion, a total failure who thinks he is wonderful, it will be so nice to get a real President back in the White House, President Romney

    August 23, 2012 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  5. Lynda/Minnesota

    Steve- Illinois

    Except for the fact many of the people they contact in the polls who are for Obama, won't get up off the couch on election day and actually go vote.

    We'll have to wait and see. For what it's worth, those in my family who still consider themselves Republicans aren't buying Mitt Romney at all. Those who voted for Obama in 2008 are geared up and ready to once again vote for Obama - including many who still considered themselves Republicans back in 2008, but have since given up on the GOP.

    Either way it turns out, count me in for Obama. Mitt Romney has proven himself untrustworthy to the ninth degree.

    August 23, 2012 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  6. You and Paul Ryan

    Bryan: The Federal government's involvement in the auto bailout was disastrous for Wisconsin. Three major plants closed during the restructuring: a GM assembly plant in Janesville, a Chrysler engine plant in Kenosha (the work transferred to Mexico), and a Delphi parts plant in Oak Creek.

    GM announced in May 2008 that the plant in Janesville was being closed by year's end. The Janesville plant closed in December 2008 despite Ryan's best effort to save it. Fast forward to 2012, and now Paul Ryan has told anyone stupid enough to believe him that the plant in his hometown closed because of Obama's policies. The plant's closure was announced after 8 years of Bush in office and before Obama was even elected as president.

    The Romney-Ryan ticket is hoping that Americans will be too stupid to learn the facts. They are quite content to lie to Americans while obviously hiding the facts they were actually a part of. In all my years of watching politics in this country, I have never seen in my life the kind of blantant lying your face that is coming from the Republican ticket. I expect politicians to fudge the truth and skew the numbers to their advantage, but this kind of out-and-out lying is something that I have never seen before in many, many years.

    August 23, 2012 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
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