President Obama’s campaign staff made the curious decision to build a fundraising message around their candidate’s apparent weakness, warning supporters that Mitt Romney would beat Obama if the election were held today.
“Friend,” Obama campaign manager Jim Messina wrote today, “If the general election were held today, President Obama would lose to Mitt Romney — according to the latest poll from Washington Post-ABC News. Now, many other polls put the President on top, but all point to the same reality: We’re looking at a race that will be tighter than you think,” Messina warned.
Messina didn’t even bother praising the president when he asked for money. “If the idea of a President Romney scares you, it’s time to own a piece of this campaign,” he said before appealing for donations of $3 and up.
Obama’s Messina added that “we must not overreact to any one poll. But this one is a reminder that we have to remain vigilant — always focused on November 6th and the work we have to do to win.”