President Barack Obama feels confident in his chances of winning a second term in 2012, telling supporters, "the odds" of his re-election are "much higher" than the odds of his getting elected in the first place.
Speaking at Democratic fundraiser in Washington Thursday, Obama acknowledged supporters' recent concerns about his chances. In the last week alone, Republicans won congressional seats in New York and Nevada, and Democratic strategist James Carville issued a dire warning for the administration, saying now is the time to "panic."
"Over the last couple of months there have been Democrats who voiced concerns and nervousness about, well, in this kind of economy, isn’t this just — aren’t these just huge headwinds in terms of your reelection?" Obama said.
"And I just have to remind people that, here’s one thing I know for certain: the odds of me being reelected are much higher than the odds of me being elected in the first place."
According to ABC News, Obama made his remarks in front of 50 donors who each paid $35,800 to attend the gathering.
"We remain very confident about our ability to win a contest of ideas in 2012," Obama said. " As long as we can get the message out."
In fact, USA Today reported, Obama told the crowd one supporter's wish is "that my next inauguration is warmer than the last one."
Obama also briefly addressed the Republican Party, saying in certain ways the 2012 election will have a "clarifying" effect.
"If you see the direction that the Republican Party is now going in, you have a party that offers a fundamentally different vision of where America should be," Obama said. "And that contest is going to, I think, help shape America for not just the next five years, but for decades to come."