Obama deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter during a Monday broadcast of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” vigorously denied reports that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has made inroads in Pennsylvania, an important swing state.
“Well, Mika, I’ve been listening to the conversation over the past couple of minutes,” said Cutter in response to co-host Mika Brzezinski noting that some of the polls “are looking a little too close for comfort,” “and I think that lots of points have been made about how this is really -- one, it’s a race to 270 electoral votes -- but the polls that matter are the polls that are happening in the states.”
“You know, it’s a close race, there is no doubt about that, but we have the advantage in critical states like Ohio. You know, no Republican’s ever won the White House without going through Ohio. And we feel pretty good about where we are right now,” she added.
Brzezinski took a moment to point out that the map can always be redrawn.
Cutter agreed, but flatly stated that the idea of Gov. Romney taking Pennsylvania is “not based in reality.”
“Obviously, you guys are concerned enough about Pennsylvania that you’re sending Bill Clinton in there and Joe Biden’s been in there,” said host Joe Scarborough. “So, you say it’s not based in reality. There is an outside shot Romney can win there, right?”
“Well, I don’t think it’s possible, Joe,” Cutter replied. “I mean, you know, we’re sending Bill Clinton in there because we’re not going to take anything for granted.”
And for the Obama campaign's sake, they better not. Indeed, as MSBC's Andrea Mitchell noted later on Monday, if Team Obama loses Pennsylvania, it's "all over for the president":
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