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Obama team bullish with eight days to go

by Dara Kam | October 29th, 2012

President Obama’s campaign team held a bullish conference call with reporters shortly after President Clinton addressed an Orlando crowd Monday morning.

“We’re winning this race. And I say that not on the basis of some mystical faith in a wave that’s going to come or some hidden vote,” said Obama campaign senior strategist David Axelrod.

Axelrod said the Obama team’s confidence was based on “cold, hard, data-based” facts on early voting and swing state polls.

“You’re going to get spun and spun and spun in the next week,” he said. “In just eight days we’ll know who’s bluffing and who was not.”

In Florida, Axelrod and campaign manager Jim Messina said record-breaking early voting in some areas, including Jacksonville, overcame a GOP advantage in absentee ballots.

“That is a really strong, incredible sign of strength,” Messina said.

Some voters waited as long as six hours before casting their ballots, he said. “That’s what enthusiasm looks like.”

The Obama camp’s enthusiasm comes a day after Mason-Dixon pollster Brad Coker declared Romney the winner of Florida. Coker said Mitt Romney has nailed down the I-4 corridor crucial to a statewide sweep. In a poll of the region from Tampa Bay to Daytona Beach conducted for The Tampa Bay Times and its media partners, Romney held a 51-45 percent edge over Obama with 4 percent undecided.

“Romney has pretty much nailed down Florida,” said Coker told the Times. “Unless something dramatically changes — an October surprise, a major gaffe — Romney’s going to win Florida.”

Obama dropped by an Orlando campaign office Sunday night before bailing on the Central Florida event with President Bill Clinton (who showed up with U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson) and instead returning to the White House to monitor Hurricane Sandy threaten much of the Northeast.

“The president…has real responsibilities. Those responsibilities come first,” Axelrod said. “We’re obviously going to lose a bunch of campaign time but that’s as it has to be. We’ll try to make it up on the back end. It’s not a matter of optics. It’s a matter of responsibility.”

Obama’s aides pointed to polls showing the president leading in key swing states, including Iowa, Nevada and Virginia.

“As is befitting the Halloween season, Gov. Romney is running around the nation posing as an agent of change,” Axelrod said, adding that Romney’s economic plan would cost “middle class” $5 trillion in tax cuts “skewed to the wealthy” and a $2 trillion boost in defense spending the Pentagon is not seeking.

Romney’s plan is “an echo of the failed policies of the past,” he said.

“We’re going to be pounding that message everywhere in the final days of this campaign,” Axelrod said.

The Obama camp’s swagger drew sneers from the other side. Republican National Committee spokeswoman Kirsten Kukowski sent out the following e-mail shortly after the call.

“All – a couple things stuck out to us while we were listening to Axelrod and Messina on their call – they are extremely defensive about Pennsylvania acknowledging OFA and Restore Our Future are going up with ads, Bill Clinton will be headed to at least four states that were not on Messina’s map as of April 2012 and they are spending time reaffirming their confidence about Wisconsin – a state they won by 14 points in 2008. Oh, and Axelrod made it two days in a row that the campaign has attacked the Des Moines Register. You’re right Axe, 8 days and we’ll see who is bluffing.”

An exclusive Tampa Bay Times/Bay News 9 poll of likely voters along the Interstate 4 corridor finds Romney leading Obama 51 percent to 45 percent, with 4 percent undecided.
“Romney has pretty much nailed down Florida,” said Brad Coker of Mason-Dixon Polling and Research, which conducted the poll for the Times and its media partners. “Unless something dramatically changes — an October surprise, a major gaffe — Romney’s going to win Florida.”

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7 Responses to “Obama team bullish with eight days to go”

  1. Brandt Hardin Says:

    If Obama loses this election, you can blame/thank the Right for bamboozling him. How is it ethical that an entire news network questions the President’s citizenship for four years to create doubt in voters while a fringe element of the far right demonizes and degrades him? Most of this is financed by the rich who want to keep their stranglehold on the flow of wealth in our country. Watch the white hands apply the Blackface to our first African-American President at

  2. Annette Says:

    Obama will win. Women need to wake up and see what is in store for us if Romney gets in. We need President Obama so that the middle class and poor people do not disappear. We the 47% do not want to be left on the wayside as Govenor Romney would like us to be.

  3. Just The Facts Mam ! Says:

    Planned Parenthood has been verry good to me & my babys momma.

    Like tne nice lady said, we need Planned Parenthood; after all we want to keep our liftime of free oilchanges( abortions), don’t pay any notice to those who say it’s not good for the ecomnomy, I lay the pipe & you pay is the plan & the way to go, so Vote for
    Obama & protect all the babys momma who
    have unempoyed pipe layers like me, many on disabilty like me.

  4. Obama/Dems 2012 Says:

    Woohoo!!! YES WE WILL DELIVER Florida’s 29 electoral college votes!

  5. Obama/Dems 2012 Says:

    And by the way, the most recent polling shows that this race is Obama’s to lose. He leads by 1% in the PPP poll and has drawn to a tie in the CNN poll, from being one point down.

    We made up a 15% gap in abesentee ballots and our early voting this year is record-breaking!

    A similar PPP poll from 10/25-26 showed Patrick Murphy beating Allen West!

    West’s UNFAVORABLE rating is 49%! Ouch! His unfav rating with men only is 51%! Ouch! And his unfav rating with Indies is a monstrous 54%! Not lookin good for Mr. Ready Fire Aim! LOL!

    Maybe he should have thought about that, and frankly he should have known better, before calling Social Security disability benefits — which are extremely helpful to America’s injured veterans — a form of “21st Century slavery”.

    This is from a must-read article on Mr. 54%-Unfavorable:

    “In one cold-hearted breath, [Allen West] the retired Army colonel managed to insult 828,000 fellow veterans under the age of 66 who report receiving disability funds from Social Security. These include both active-duty and retired military.”

    Let’s send Patrick Murphy to Congress instead so we can actually get something DONE for the American people!!! No time for little Tea Party games. We need a Congress that actually WORKS and earns every penny of its salary on behalf of doing good for the people of Florida and America.

  6. BustedUpGrunt Says:

    Only good thing about Sandy is that it gave us a break from the election pounding on TV.
    Took a hurricane to get a breath from that repulsive and suffocating politicking.

  7. Obama / Biden 2012! Says:

    I hope all you racist crackers just stay home on Nov. 7th, when we be dancing in the streets after we re-elect the greatest president ever! Forget free phones, we are going to get all we need and then some. Reparations are coming people!

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