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Tale of the two cities of Chicago and Boston, via “Andrea Mitchell Reports”:
ANDREA MITCHELL: You’ve been talking to the campaigns. You were out so recently in Ohio and in Virginia with former President Clinton and President Obama. You’ve seen the emotion on both sides. What are you hearing today from the campaigns?
MARK HALPERIN: I’ve talked to people who have talked to the pollsters for both campaigns today. These are not people who work directly for the campaign but close associates, obviously, with access to pollsters. There’s a fundamental difference and it reflects what we’ve seen for the last couple weeks. The President’s team, given that they acknowledge they’re in a close race, they’re certain they’re going to win. They show no weakness, no doubt that they are going to win. The most confident I’ve seen a presidential campaign in my career, with the exception of President Clinton’s campaign in 1996 and they were not in a close race.
People on the Republican side say, “we can win.” “We might win.” Some of them go so far as to say, “I think we’re going to win.” But the degree of confidence, with few exceptions, is not nearly as high in the Romney camp as it is across the board in the Obama camp. And remember we’re dealing with people like Joel Benenson, David Axelrod, David Plouffe. They are worriers. They are not people who easily say, “We’ve got this in the bag.” They’re people who sweat every detail and they’re supremely confident.
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