Is this an admission that Obama cannot win key swing states?
Team Obama may want to get serious for a moment and put down the Kool-Aide. They actually stated that Obama’s path to the Presidency could include Virginia, Georgia and several Rocky Mountain states, but not necessarily the pair of battlegrounds that decided the last two elections, Florida and Ohio. Georgia? Yea, right!!! Let’s just disregard and lose Ohio and Florida like President Gore and President Kerry did. Oh, that’s right … they both lost those two states.
Others like the Political Machine seem to question the potential strategy to ignore battle ground states like Florida and Ohio. I would tend to agree. When one begins to dodge one battle ground states, there tends to be another and another after that. If swing states like OH and FL are being balked at by the Obama campaign, then doesn’t that play right into what Hillary Clinton was saying in the Democratic primaries as to why she was the more electable candidate? Clinton can win them and Obama cannot.
As Don Surber points out, the last person to win as President without Ohio or Florida was Thomas Jefferson in 1800. Yes, this was before either was an actual states, point well made.