Romney camp: Dems ‘spiking the football’ too early

September 25, 2012

Two top staffers for Republican Mitt Romney told reporters that President Obama's campaign was overselling its success -- both in polls and on social media.

Romney political director Rich Beeson said that the campaign was relying on internal data, not the public polls that show Romney trailing in key swing states.

"The public polls are what they are. I feel confident about where we are," Beeson said, according to a pool report. "At the end of the day, Ohio is going to come down to the wire." He would not say whether the campaign's polling painted a different picture of the race. But he argued that  Obama campaign manager Jim Messina was "spiking the football at the 30-yard line."

Digital director Zac Moffatt, meanwhile, called Obama's greater number of followers on social media "vanity metrics" that don't take into account the quality of online contacts. 

 

Rachel Weiner covers local politics for The Washington Post.
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Rachel Weiner · September 25, 2012