CHARLOTTE, N.C. — President Obama’s campaign team said Tuesday that its on-the-ground efforts to turn out voters are much greater than rival Mitt Romney’s — and will make their own renowned ground game of four years ago seem prehistoric — a tactical advantage that could add a point or two at the ballot box in key swing states on election day.
"We’re going to make 2008 on the ground look like 'Jurassic Park,' " said campaign manager Jim Messina, at a panel hosted by ABC News and Yahoo. “They just don’t have what we have.”
The panel took place on the opening day of the Democratic National Convention. Obama’s advisors declined to preview the president’s speech here later this week, but said he would not repeat the mistake Romney made in not mentioning the war in Afghanistan.
“I don’t want to predict how much the president will do of anything on Thursday night but I think it’s safe to say you’ll hear him talk about Afghanistan,” said deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter. “I think it was a major blunder on Mitt Romney’s part not to acknowledge we have men and women fighting on behalf of this country over in Afghanistan.”