On Site Coverage: Pollsters Urge Obama to Stress Vision Rather than Experience
DENVER -- Likely Presidential Democratic candidate Barrack Obama, can't beat Republican nominee John McCain in the experience realm, but he can win the election by focusing on having a vision that resonates with America.
That's the advice two prominent pollsters gave today at a briefing sponsored by CUNA and the National Journal. Democratic pollster Jeff Garin, who was a top strategist in the campaign for Senator Hilary Rodham Clinton, said Obama should "not try to compete out of experience, but define what it means to be a good leader." In terms of having a vision "John McCain is not in the game," he added.
Pollster Ed Riley said if the Obama campaign played its cards right, this week presents a golden opportunity to help them in terms of developing their narrative of being a voice for change.
Garin noted, that the "mania" about the disunity of the Democratic Party is a media creation and noted that Obama is well ahead in terms of his ratings among voters than John Kerry and Al Gore were at this time in 2004 and 2000, respectively.