The people running President Obama’s re-election campaign SAY their “ground game” (read: get-out-the-vote operation) will offset any advantage the Romney-Ryan ticket has in TV ads:
The predominant worry within Democratic circles is that the president’s small lead in many of the important battleground states will be wiped away in the fall months by a wave of unprecedented television advertisements.
The Obama campaign insists that they have the budget to match Republicans on the airwaves. They claim they could spend $30 million more than they take in every month from now until the election and still come out even in cash. But it’s unlikely that will be enough to match the financial flexibility of the Romney campaign and its allied super PACs. And when confronted with that disparity, top Obama aides have sought to ease concerns by saying they can make up the difference on the ground.
“On the ground we continue to see just incredible enthusiasm,” Obama campaign manager Jim Messina said at the ABC News/Yahoo News Newsmaker forum on Tuesday. “And we are going to beat all the ’08 records because we have had five years to build this, in part because we know how to do it better.”
Referencing the technological innovations that the campaign could bring to voter turnout efforts, Messina added: “This is light-years ahead of where we were in 2008. We are going to make 2008, on the ground, look like ‘Jurassic Park.’”