Messina: Obama has 'dominant' position in race

In the nearly five-minute video, campaign manager Jim Messina boasts that the campaign has registered millions of voters and opened new field offices to compete across the country, especially in swing states.


"We've been at this for more than 18 months," Messina states. "All of that work has been for one purpose — to put us in the strongest possible position come Election Day. And you have put Barack Obama in the dominant position in the race."

Both campaigns have pronounced themselves confident in the final stretch of the campaign, with Republican Mitt Romney's side insisting it has the momentum and Obama's camp arguing the president is ahead or tied in every battleground state.

Polls suggest Romney has a slim national lead, with the race tightening in swing states including Ohio, Florida and Virginia.

The Obama campaign insists voter turnout and early voting will help win the president reelection.

"Don't believe the polls? You don't need to. Early voting has started across the country, so we have actual results to report, and those results show clearly the president will win reelection if we do what we need to," Messina said in the video.

Romney's campaign argues it has the momentum and that the three states in question are breaking toward the Republican.

"President Obama is playing defense in states that were once considered safely in his column," said Rich Beeson, Romney's political director. “If the other side was on the move, they would be expanding into states that John McCain won in 2008; instead, they’re fighting to maintain turf in traditionally Democratic states.

"We’ve said all along this election is a choice between the status quo and real change — change that offers promise that the future will be better than the past. President Obama’s misguided policies and broken promises have let down millions of Americans, and we’re seeing the effects of that in states across the country with more support and enthusiasm for Gov. Romney every day we get closer to Nov. 6,” Beeson said.

In Ohio, Messina says the Obama campaign has an early-voter edge, a greater number of non-midterm early voters and 3.5 times as many local offices as Republican opponent Mitt Romney's campaign.

Recent polls show a tightening race in Ohio, a critical state for both campaigns and one of the most-watched contests.

This story was updated at 9:19 a.m.