Democratic strategist to CNN: Romney likely to carry North Carolina
Democratic strategist Paul Begala answers “Yes,” when CNN’s Wolf Blitzer asked if President Obama has given up on North Carolina. A highlight from the interview is after the jump.
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Highlight from Full Interview
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WOLF BLITZER, HOST: One quick question to you, before I let both of you go — but you’re not going too far.
The president’s campaign announced he’s going to begin a six state campaign tour over the next couple of days, after the debate — Iowa, Colorado, Nevada, Virginia, Ohio.
Has he given up on North Carolina?
PAUL BEGALA, CNN POLITICAL CONTRIBUTOR, DEMOCRATIC STRATEGIST: Yes.
BEGALA: I know I’m not supposed to say that, Wolf, but I don’t — I — I work for the, as you mentioned, the pro-Obama super PAC. So I’m being paid to help reelect the president.
But if you look at where he’s going and where he’s spending money, yes, it looks like Governor Romney is — is likely to carry North Carolina. But those other six or seven states, I think all of them, I haven’t seen one poll in those states that show Romney leading — or certainly not leading outside the margin of error. And I’ve seen polls that show Obama leading in all of them.
BEGALA: Which is amazing. Romney is going to lose the state he was born in, the state he was governor in…
BLITZER: All right, all right. We’ve got — we’ve heard that…
BEGALA: — and one of the states where he has a mansion in California.