The day after Jim Messina quit his job as White House deputy chief of staff in January 2011, he caught a plane to Los Angeles, paid a brief visit to his girlfriend, and then commenced what may be the highest-wattage crash course in executive management ever undertaken.
President Barack Obama’s reelection campaign -- a political powerhouse with 20 million e-mail addresses and 4 million volunteers -- is setting its sights on state-level battles such as gay marriage legislation in Illinois.
Jim Messina, President Barack Obama’s campaign manager, assured a group of Democratic donors from the financial services industry that Obama won’t demonize Wall Street as he stresses populist appeals in his re-election campaign, according to two people at the meeting.
The Obama campaign considers two of the biggest battleground states targeted by the Romney campaign -- Michigan and Pennsylvania -- to be securely in the president’s camp, a top aide said, while acknowledging concerns about Wisconsin, the home state of Republican Mitt Romney’s running mate Paul Ryan.
President Barack Obama’s re-election advisers say Republicans are likely to face a drawn-out primary contest and that their analysis of public polls shows Mitt Romney would be a tougher general-election opponent than Newt Gingrich.