Romney vs Obama Polls: David Plouffe Claims Post Convention Momentum for Obama
David Plouffe, an Obama campaign senior adviser, claims the president came out of the 2012 Democratic National Convention, in Charlotte, North Carolina with "momentum" -- reports Yahoo News.
"We come out of the convention with momentum. That doesn't mean the race is going to change significantly. But we think that we come out of here with some momentum in terms of putting together the electoral picture," Plouffe said.
Plouffe acknowledged, though, that the DNC would probably not cause any significant change in the polls, which remained in a statistical dead heat for Obama and Romney as Election Day approaches.
However, the advisor said the convention's aftermath still can help Obama fire up the party's get-out-the-vote machine, which could capitalize on the "small but important" lead the president still enjoys in the battleground states.
"Our belief is we entered the convention with a small but important lead in most of those battleground states. We'll see where we are at the end of next week, let's say. But our suspicion is the race is going to be about where it was. And that's a problem for Mitt Romney," he said.
Nonetheless, August jobs figures are yet another sobering reminder of Obama's biggest vulnerability. The month saw nonfarm payrolls add 96,000 jobs, according to data released by the Labor Department. And while the national unemployment rate fell from 8.3% to 8.1%, it was because more Americans gave up looking for work.
Meanwhile, Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney has wasted no time criticizing Obama on the heels of the DNC and August dismal jobs figure. The former governor of Massachusetts characterized the Charlotte Democratic gathering as a party, and the jobs number as a "hangover."