Obama aides believe new voters will help him to win presidential election

August 29th, 2008 - 5:41 pm ICT by ANI  

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Denver, Aug 29 (ANI): Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obamas campaign has brushed aside questions about its standing among traditional Democrats, saying it would win the presidential election by bringing new voters particularly young people, blacks, Hispanics, and Independents to the polls in November.

There are millions more Democrats today than when this process started and thats going to be beneficial to us in November, said campaigns chief strategist David Axelrod.

Obama is banking on what his campaign manager David Plouffe called a pretty significant and meaningful gap in intensity over rival John McCain, a claim buttressed by polls showing higher levels of enthusiasm among Democrats than among Republicans this year.

The aides acknowledged the strength of President George W Bushs storied campaign organization in 2004, but asserted that McCain, the presumptive GOP nominee, would have a hard time replicating it at a time of conservative disenchantment, the Christian Science Monitor reported.

I am sure McCain has a list of all the Bush volunteers, but these things are not transferable, the CSM quoted Plouffe, as saying. He said that unlike the Republican Party, which had all but reached its voter turnout limit in the past two presidential elections, we think we have got a lot more room to grow.

Axelrod dismissed the notion that the GOPs track record of disciplined get-out-the-vote efforts would save McCains candidacy. You cant reverse eight years of failed policies with 72 hours of fieldwork. Its just not going to happen.

When pressed to explain polls showing a tight race against McCain, the Obama aides said the nationwide figures masked the Democratic nominees strength in swing states needed to pile up a majority of electoral votes.

Obama, who officially won the Democratic presidential nomination Wednesday night, struggled in the primaries with working-class whites, who make up a large share of the electorate in swing states like Ohio and Pennsylvania. (ANI)

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