Internal Obama memo acknowledges McCain bounce

A memo from Sen. Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaTrump takes credit for passing veterans bill that passed under Obama Orlando Sentinel declines to endorse Trump in 2020 Progressive activist: Democratic nominee will 'need to ride a little bit to the center' MORE's presidential campaign acknowledges that Republican rival John McCainJohn Sidney McCainThe DNC's climate problems run deep Trump's health care focus puts GOP on edge Trump's health care focus puts GOP on edge MORE is enjoying a "bounce" in national polling because of the GOP's "successful convention."

The memo, obtained by The Hill, lays out talking points for surrogates. During the question-and-answer portion of the memo, one of the questions asks: "Do you think that the McCain’s choice of Sarah Palin has given him a boost in the polls?"
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"The Republicans are coming off of a successful convention and some widely viewed — and highly misleading — speeches," the answer reads. "I think it’s perfectly natural that they would be enjoying a bounce in national polling."

The memo largely downplays McCain's new lead in almost all national polls, dismissing their importance in last year's primaries.

"And look, if national polls months before an election determined the outcome of a race, you’d have two different nominees right now," the memo instructs Obama surrogates. "Both Obama and McCain were written off by the pundits last year. So I’m not too concerned. We’re going to stay focused on the issues."

The memo also repeats what Obama aides have been saying this week about McCain's surge, noting that the campaign "always knew that this race would be close — as presidential contests always are."

"And we know that the race is going to be won in the states, which is why we have a laser focus on reaching voters in the battlegrounds," the memo reads. "Most of the states in play are traditionally red states that are rejecting Bush’s policies and McCain’s promise to continue them."