Obama campaign: We're well positioned for final push
August 23rd, 2012
02:50 PM ET
8 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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  1. Bill

    Did this "one official" request to be nameless? Sort of a strange scenerio since they weren't giving away any secrets.

    August 23, 2012 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |

    Romney will slice the throats of the middle class!
    OBAMA 2012!

    August 23, 2012 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  3. Tyrone

    Yo Mittster, I know that you think that us non Millionaire Peasants dont deserve to see your Returns, We beg to differ. You are an Arragant S O B that is phony in every way. Go Prez, Its us against the Rich, Richer, & Richie Rich Romney.

    August 23, 2012 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  4. 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. They won't get the turnout of young voters like they did in the "historic" '08 election. The Wisconsin Dems will not be nearly as enthusiastic since Obama shunned them when they needed him, by visiting Minnesota, and Illinois, right before the Wisconsin recall election, yet making no effort to visit Wisconsin. I'm sure his words "I'll put on a comfortable pair of shoes and march with you!" are still ringing in the ears of many Wi. Dems!

    August 23, 2012 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  5. Pete

    Maybe he didn't want Romney surrogates calling him a liar,republicans are good at that.Obama as divisive,Biden as a racist ,Curry their publicist a liar also.Well Pres.Obama is doing just that,creating disention,repubs disagreeing about their candidates ,its psychological warfare and it doesn't cost the president a dime,that's a smart organizer.Romney will have to spent more to keep the wolves away from his door,no tax returns,Akins abortion comments ,SocialSecurity,Medicare reform,it gets harder as it gets closer and republicans haven't seen him against the president in a debate,Reagan like,well the way he worked the crowd at the primary debates,more like a comedy show and he lost most of them,right against candidates that didn't spend as much.That's why he's here,money,he outspent all of them not out politiced,just outspent like 10-1 ,that's not politicing ,that's buying the campaign,it won't be that way for 1600 Pennsylvania Ave ,its not for sale!!!

    August 23, 2012 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  6. Reed

    They should be will positioned since Obama has had 210 fundraisers & has been the constant campaiger. Too bad he has not spent more time governing as he has added $5.2 T in debt and has a negative 282,000 jobs since he began in office. All that and he has set us up for Taxageddon as he did not want to give our country any security on tax policy.

    August 23, 2012 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  7. patNY

    The problem with Romney comparing this to 1980 is that this is not 1980. Instead, this is the 21st Century with 21st Century communication, i.e., internet, cable 24 hour news, FB, etc. Also, unlike in the past, the country is ever more polarized, that the so called undecided voter %age is so small, that the real deciding factor will be vote turnout from the candidates' respective bases, and how the independent swing. Additionally, unlike Carter, Obama is seen as very strong on foriegn policy, and does not have an Iranian hostage crisis going on.

    August 23, 2012 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  8. Woman In California

    If people vote Obama wins.

    Everyone is waking up to Paul Ryan and his extremist vision for the country and they're not liking what they see or hear, and on top of that, Willard has run the poorest campaign in history. No answers for his taxes, no answers for jobs, no answers for Ryan's views, no real answers for Medicare, no answer for foreign policy, Andrea Saul (Romneycare), Fernstrom (etch a stetch), and the list goes on and on. When are both of them going to be called out to answer the real questions? Thankfully, the debates will not allow Willard or Ryan to hide anymore and they'll be exposed once and for all for the con artists they TRY to be. I can't wait.

    August 23, 2012 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  9. rla

    Ready to be pushed out the door!!! Besides Bush I can think of no other president that so many Americans want to leave!

    August 23, 2012 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  10. Lionel

    Has Robme released those tax returns yet. Instead of 12 years that your father produced, we are only asking for 5 years. This guy did not pay taxes in some of those years, and claimed a 77,000 deduction for a horse. Do not let the bully into the white house people.

    I voted for Reagan but would never vote for a Romney / Ryan ticket.

    August 23, 2012 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  11. The Voucher Plan will include a "Legalize Euthanasia" and a free gun to commit suicide

    The old people will need it when they run out of health care money.

    August 23, 2012 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  12. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    If President Obama's record is so bad then why do the Republicans have to spend millions of dollars to defeat him, it doesn't make sense. It appears Republicans can't prove it so they are hell bent on buying the Presidency and in my opinion as well as others, there's a trade-off here that isn't about voters.

    August 23, 2012 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  13. Face Facts

    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.

    Honestly, I am not sure you are correct here. You may actually have that backwards. Many of my Democrat friends are much more motivated than my Republican friends. The Republicans I know are the ones that are saying that they will be staying home, and some of them are actually saying they are going to vote for Obama and hold their nose. They don't like Romney-Ryan's plan for Medicare, and they don't believe that Romney-Ryan are trying to save Medicare in the least. They trust Obama more with Medicare, and I believe the polls bear this out also.

    As for the ones you are not concerned with Medicare, My Democrat friends explain to me that they will definitely be voting this year for Obama. It's my Republican friends who are the ones saying that they are not thrilled with the candidate. Most of them would never in a million years vote for any Democrat, but they are also saying that Mitt Romney has flip-flopped on so many issues that they are not exactly sure what he believes. These Republicans are also turned off by the fact that they are seeing so many lies and inconsistensies coming from Romney-Ryan. So in my neighborhood, it's the Republicans who just can't vote for the candidate, not the Democrats at all. We shall see.

    August 23, 2012 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  14. mcskadittle

    how many of Romney's "Pants on fire" comments do you think it will take for Obama to wrap this thing up?

    August 23, 2012 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  15. DG

    Romney-Ryan will be Bush-Cheney on steroids.

    August 23, 2012 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  16. Anonymous

    Foward not backward. Obama- Biden 2012. " I can do better then President Obama", does not fly with me. When asked about the numbers they say "Well we really haven't run the numbers yet". Baloney. Most economists say their numbers don't jive. They have no Plan only promises.

    August 23, 2012 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  17. 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. Pleas from Wisconsin's elected leaders to keep some work in Wisconsin fell on deaf ears. In the case of the Delphi plant, UAW workers were made whole on their pensions while non-union workers were left twisting in the wind – with the endorsement of the US Treasury. There's nothing left of the auto industry in the state. I have a hard time believing that will be a winning issue for them here.

    August 23, 2012 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  18. Malory Archer


    Ready to be pushed out the door!!! Besides Bush I can think of no other president that so many Americans want to leave!


    Were you just hatched yesterday or have you been in a coma for the last 40 years? The previous occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and Richard Nixon – both rethugliban BTW – hold that distinction hands down, although I'm not sure which of the two was worse.

    August 23, 2012 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  19. Larry L

    Senior citizens would be quite foolish to vote for Romney. He and Ryan would quickly destroy Medicare and Social Security – two programs the billionaires funding the Romney campaign don't want or need. Just look at the fact checkers and you'll quickly see the truth! Romney says "tJust rust me on all of my promises for low taxes, great healthcare, 12 million jobs, and a big defense budget... you don't need specifics on what I'll cut... Trust me..." I wonder why he won't trust us with a look at his tax returns?

    August 23, 2012 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  20. tammyk tammy

    The republican House has held this country down long enough. Democratic & Independent voters need to vote Obama and give him the Democratic Congress that is needed to move this country forward. Corporations who are flush with money are not hiring so that they can blame Obama for the economy and get tax breaks if Rmoney is elected. Don't believe the repugs propaganda. Vote straight Democratic ticket in Nov.

    August 23, 2012 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  21. ObamaCares

    Hey Prez, put the pedal to the metal and don't let up. Mittie needs to be called out for every lie and every flop-flip he has ever done. America will surely sink if he manages to steal the election.

    August 23, 2012 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  22. The REAL TRUTH...

    @rla – the so many Americans referred to must be the knuckle-dragging red state lemmings that parrot their information from foreign owned Faux Noise Entertainment. Those same red states that get more in Fed funds than they contribute, that defend states rights while attempting to control womens bodies with political rhetoric and reduced funding, and... claim they create all these jobs (even if half of them are govt jobs??). Yeah, right they count...
    Obama's final push will send the Twit back to MA, if Ron Paul doesn't get him first. Enjoy the convention circus!

    August 23, 2012 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  23. DumbasRocks [R]s

    You better bet they are well positioned. With idiots like Akin and King running around spouting off their true [R] beliefs, the DNC and Obabma campaign are throwing parties over the free campaigning the [R]s are doing for the [D]s.

    There's an IQ test coming in Nov. Who will pass it and who will fail it? We already know that literally millions of slack-jawed, rightwing lemmings are looking forward to failing their IQ test...after all, their whole party celbrates intellectual mediocrity if not downright partisan stupidity.

    August 23, 2012 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  24. Sniffit

    "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.

    Honestly, I am not sure you are correct here. You may actually have that backwards. Many of my Democrat friends are much more motivated than my Republican friends. "

    You don't understand. They are starting to ramp up the attempt to make that "lazy Dem voter" meme part of the election year narrative to help cover the voter suppression in which the GOP/Teatrolls are engaged all over the country. I guarantee you it will be their answer to any statistics and numbers that suggest their suppression efforts had a significant impact on turnout for Dems.

    August 23, 2012 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  25. clnee55

    BIden quote "Obama and Biden will lead the country to the 20th century". That sounds like hope and change

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