On a "state of the race" conference call with reporters this afternoon, David Axelrod and Stephanie Cutter said, essentially, that they liked President Obama's chances after the Republican convention.
On the second Sunday since Mitt Romney picked Paul Ryan as his running mate, Obama surrogates answered questions about Joe Biden's remark to a mostly black crowd in Virginia that "they're going to put y'all back in chains," turning the subject back to Ryan's health care plan and, in one case, to Sarah Palin.
On Sunday morning, everyone was happy about Paul Ryan.
Conservatives cheered the "bold" pick they had been clamoring for, and Democrats were pleased to see Mitt Romney add a "right wing ideologue" to the ticket.
As their personal assault on Mitt Romney entered a second week, Democrats had a new message for the Republican nominee.
Eric Fehrnstrom was recently dubbed "Romney's balls" by GQ, and Stephanie Cutter was christened, slightly more politely, "the aggressive face" of the Obama campaign. ABC's "This Week" also included the right-leaning columnist George Will and the left-leaning economist Paul Krugman.
On a conference call with reporters this morning, President Obama's re-election campaign described its new ad attacking Mitt Romney's business record as a reflection of the former governor's values, and not a broader attack on the private-equity industry.(2)