The day after the last presidential debate, President Barack Obama’s campaign launched an effort to highlight his economic plan for the next four years, including the release of a 60-second ad running here in which the president speaks directly to the camera about his vision.
The president held up a copy of the plan at a rally in Florida on Tuesday, and the campaign says it will mail copies in battleground states.
“I think that we’re in the closing argument phase of this campaign and we want to make sure that everybody is very focused on the specific things that the president is proposing moving forward,” said David Axelrod , Obama campaign senior strategist.
Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said in a statement Tuesday that Obama’s plan isn’t “a plan to secure America’s economic future; it’s a prop to save the president’s political future.”
Axelrod and Obama campaign manager Jim Messina also discussed the state of the race two weeks out.
“We are tied or ahead in every battleground state and we’re not leaving anywhere we’re tied or ahead,” Messina said.
Asked about North Carolina, Messina said he “absolutely” thinks the state is in play.
Axelrod followed up, saying “I do think there’s a bit of mythology that’s being spun up on the other side about some of these states, North Carolina is one of them.”
“Anybody who thinks any of North Carolina, Florida, Virginia, anybody who thinks those states are in the bag is half in the bag themselves.”
He said the campaign has added millions of dollars to TV spending in each of the states.
“We are doubling down … we are not pulling back at all,” he said.