By Amie Parnes - 02/24/12 07:11 PM EST
President Obama is confident he's going to win reelection, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Friday.
Speaking to reporters, Earnest backed the president's assertions in recent days that he will win the election.
At the same time, Earnest said Team Obama is not "under the illusion that it's going to be an easy election."
"But at the end of the day the president is confident that he'll be successful," the spokesman said.
Earnest was asked how Obama could arrive at such a confident conclusion even as the White House has maintained that the president hasn't been tuning in to the presidential debates.
"Even if the president is not watching the debates live, he is certainly following the race," he said. "At the end of the day the reason that the president is confident is not because of anything that the Republican candidates are saying. It's because of the vision for the country that he wants to put forward to the American people."
The spokesman said Obama will "turn more attention to his own candidacy" once there's a Republican nominee in place.